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Center Hosts Monthly Scanning Day in January

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will host their monthly Scanning Day on Saturday January 12, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Scanning Day is an opportunity for the public to share and preserve a digital image of their fishing industry photographs, documents, and other records for future generations.

The Center invites the public to bring their fishing industry related photographs, both historic and contemporary, as well as documents such as settlement sheets, union books, or news clippings to be scanned. Staff will scan the materials and record any information the owner shares about each piece.  The owner will leave with their originals along with a digital copy  of the scans on a flash drive. The Center is working to create a digital archive of these materials which will be made available to researchers and the public. These documents will help us to tell the story of the fishing industry.  This event is free and open to the public.

If you have a collection you would like to contribute to the Center’s digital archive and you are not able to attend Scanning Day, please call (508)993-8894 or email info@fishingheritagecenter.org to make an appointment to have your collection scanned.  Scanning Day takes place the 2nd Saturday of each month.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through archives, exhibits, and programs. For more information, please email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894.

January Dock-u-mentaries presents Steamboat Willie and Steamboat Bill, Jr.

New Bedford, Mass. — The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. with two lighthearted movies:  Steamboat Bill, Jr. and Steamboat Willie.   The films will be shown at the New Bedford National Historical Park theater located at 33 William Street. Admission is free.

Steamboat Willie was released in 1928 and is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse. It was also the first Disney movie with synchronized sound.

Steamboat Bill, Jr. was also released in 1928 as a silent film. It features the most famous of Buster Keaton’s film stunts! With the soundtrack provided by local musician, Jeff Angeley, this screening will leave you laughing!

Jeff Angeley is a multi-instrumentalist, music instructor, and event organizer based in New Bedford. He has 20 years of teaching experience and an even longer track record of putting together high quality acoustic music performances. Angeley has a particular passion for traditional music and its ability to bring communities together. His fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, & upright bass performances, as well as his singing and dance calling continue to bring greater exposure to traditional American performing art forms. In the last few years he founded “Old Time Fiddle Session & Community Gathering,” a group which hosts large quarterly events, traditional music and dance workshops, and free monthly community jams and gatherings. Using his abilities as an instructor, combined with his passion for social music and deep experience as a performer, he has built and continues to foster a thriving community of traditional musicians in the Greater New Bedford area.

Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.  Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, located at 38 Bethel Street, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of New Bedford’s fishing industry through exhibits, programs, and archives.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry.  The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States.  The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM.  The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge.  For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com

www.nps.gov

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.

Naming the W

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center presents an evening of music from Nova Scotia with Naming the Twins on January 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Naming the Twins is the Nova Scotia based, harmony rich guy-gal duo of Robbie Smith and Kath Glauser whose vocal blendings sound a bit like Simon & Garfunkel, if Art was a girl, a bit like Peter, Paul & Mary, if one of the boys was taking the night off. Their original material maintains the tradition of Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers.

Their energy, casual banter, wide variety of song styles and remarkably well matched voices captivate audiences wherever they perform. Their presentations are well balanced with thoughtful ballads and toe-tappin numbers, transporting the listener with lyrical imagery and sweet harmonies.

Robbie Smith has been a songwriter, singer and player of instruments all his life. From an early age, through the windows of his scenic home outside Shelburne Nova Scotia, his imagination took flight gathering scenes and circumstances which flowed back through his pen and onto the page.

His truly inspired lyrics capture the essence of life lived by and on the sea and the attention of Roger Whitaker who recorded four of Smiths songs. Robbie has also shared the stage with Pete Seeger and John Allan Cameron and recorded several albums of his own.

In 2008, after years of being a solo artist, Robbie was taken with the voice of an acquaintance and knew he had found his vocal soul mate a special blend that some performers never find.

From the beginning, Kath Glauser brought her clear natural folky harmonies, organizational skills and engaging stage presence to the table and has since added lead vocals, guitar and mandolin. Recently she helped write 3 of the songs on their latest album, Turn Styles.

“The love that The Twins have for their music, their heritage, and their audience comes through in every song they sing and tale they tell.” Jay Pilzer – author of A Six String History of America, Nashville, TN

Tickets are $12/members, $15/non-members. Available at the Center gift shop, on line at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3900184, or at the door. Doors open at 6:30.

The Center is open Thursday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Located at 38 Bethel Street in the heart of the National Park, the Center is wheelchair accessible with free off-street parking.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives. For more information, please email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894.

December Dock-u-mentary presents Storm Warriors

New Bedford, Mass. — The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m. with Storm Warriors at the New Bedford National Historical Park theater located at 33 William Street.

Before airplanes and trains, when the sea was the conduit to move people and cargo, shipwrecks took a devastating toll. The United States Life-Saving Service was formed by the Unites States government in 1878 to hire local men to patrol America’s beaches and rescue shipwreck survivors. Storm Warriors tells the story of these men and women who continually risked their lives to save complete strangers, often in the teeth of raging storms. Their legacy remains one of the great unsung chapters in humanitarian aid. Storm Warriors tells their story through a dramatic recreation of a shipwreck rescue, interviews with historians, and archival material.

Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.  Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, located at 38 Bethel Street, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of New Bedford’s fishing industry through exhibits, programs, and archives.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry.  The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States.  The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM.  The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge.  For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com

www.nps.gov

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.

 

Scanning Day Set for December 8

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will host their monthly Scanning Day on Saturday December 8, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Scanning Day is an opportunity for the public to share and preserve a digital image of their fishing industry photographs, documents, and other records for future generations.

The Center invites the public to bring their fishing industry related photographs, both historic and contemporary, as well as documents such as settlement sheets, union books, or news clippings to be scanned. Staff will scan the materials and record any information the owner shares about each piece.  The owner will leave with their originals along with a digital copy  of the scans on a flash drive. The Center is working to create a digital archive of these materials which will be made available to researchers and the public. These documents will help us to tell the story of the fishing industry.  This event is free and open to the public.

If you have a collection you would like to contribute to the Center’s digital archive and you are not able to attend Scanning Day, please call (508)993-8894 or email info@fishingheritagecenter.org to make an appointment to have your collection scanned.  Scanning Day takes place the 2nd Saturday of each month.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through archives, exhibits, and programs. For more information, please email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894.

Poetry Reading with Author Skye Shirley

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center presents a poetry reading with author Skye Shirley on Saturday December 2nd at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Ms. Shirley will read from her book, Hardtack. Admission is free.

In Hardtack, women and the history of coastal Massachusetts are recurring themes. The maritime industry serves as a framework for exploring issues of femininity, bisexuality, and motherhood. The female body is traced along the many branches of its evolutionary past, from sea mammals to the wives and daughters who called the 19th-century boomtown of New Bedford home. These strands still inform contemporary womanhood as we move through an increasingly technological world. There is a closeness to history that is clasped tightly but can also burden the present if it is not embraced. Connections between women are central to this text, and transcend the categories of time, species, and heterosexuality as fiercely held bonds fray and are remade.

The culmination of a poetry residency at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Hardtack is the award-winning poet Skye Shirley’s first book.

The Center is open Thursday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Located at 38 Bethel Street in the heart of the National Park, the Center is wheelchair accessible with free off-street parking.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives. For more information, please email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894.

November Dock-u-mentary Film Features Life By Lobster

New Bedford, Mass. — The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, November 16th at 7:00 PM with Life by Lobster, a 55-minute documentary that takes you inside the lives of five young lobster fishermen determined to pursue this proud traditional vocation against steadily mounting obstacles.

Contrasting the stark beauty of the Downeast Maine seacoast with the stark reality of earning a living there, Life by Lobster, a documentary by independent filmmaker Iain McCray Martin takes you inside the lives of five young lobster fishermen determined to pursue this proud traditional vocation against steadily mounting obstacles.

Co-produced by LA television director J. Miller Tobin (Gossip Girl, Num3ers, CSI) and Maine-based Opera House Arts, LBL was selected as part of the Maine International Film Festival’s “Best of 2009” collection and is partially funded by the Perfect Storm Foundation, among others.

I began work on this film when I was 19, in the summer between my freshman and sophomore years at Emory University.  During that first year away from the small island off the coast of Maine where I had grown up, I realized, like never before, the uniqueness of my home and the people who define it.

While I left our island to go off to college and pursue new found opportunities, many of my classmates in our close-knit, 26-member graduating class of 2005 opted to go directly to work on the water, taking on the life and lifestyle of commercial lobstermen.

Facing a myriad of economic and regulatory hurdles, not to mention trying to overcome youthful inexperience in a tough, competitive industry, these young men could be, I feared, a dying breed.  Their story needed to be told.

Initially armed with little more than a camcorder and a newly found commitment to a career in film, I began my attempt at making something that personified the characterizations, motivations, and lifestyle associated with pursuing lobstering as a vocation.

Three years later, after a continual progression in my own abilities as a filmmaker, stacks of grant requests, upgrades in equipment, incredible honesty and patience from my subjects, over 20 hours of raw footage, and endless support from friends, family, and mentors came the story I had hoped to tell – an authentic portrayal of lobster fishing as an industry, a community, and a way of life.”
– Iain McCray Martin

Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.  Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.

Scanning Day Set for November 10th

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will host their monthly Scanning Day on Saturday November 10, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Scanning Day is an opportunity for the public to share and preserve a digital image of their fishing industry photographs, documents, and other records for future generations.

The Center invites the public to bring their fishing industry related photographs, both historic and contemporary, as well as documents such as settlement sheets, union books, or news clippings to be scanned. Staff will scan the materials and record any information the owner shares about each piece.  The owner will leave with their originals along with a digital copy  of the scans on a flash drive. The Center is working to create a digital archive of these materials which will be made available to researchers and the public. These documents will help us to tell the story of the fishing industry.  This event is free and open to the public.

If you have a collection you would like to contribute to the Center’s digital archive and you are not able to attend Scanning Day, please call (508)993-8894 or email info@fishingheritagecenter.org to make an appointment to have your collection scanned.  Scanning Day takes place the 2nd Saturday of each month; next date is December 8th.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through archives, exhibits, and programs. For more information, please email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894.

Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee Dave Penny in Concert

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is pleased to host Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee Dave Penny in concert on Saturday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. Penny brings original and traditional songs of Newfoundland to New Bedford.   Dave Penny has been a steady presence on the Newfoundland folk scene as a composer of songs that are truly unique to Newfoundland and Labrador. He has been a key figure in resurgence in popularity of Newfoundland recitations, along the way contributing popular pieces like Johnny Chrome and A Townie Courted a Bayman’s Daughter to the local folk repertoire.

Dave’s second and most recent recording, All Turned Around, was nominated for a 2017 Music NL award for Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year and a 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year.

Much of Penny’s work is infused with themes and idioms particular to Newfoundland and Labrador like most excellent songwriters, he manages to find the universal elements of those localized experiences. –  Jean Hewson, Penguin Eggs Magazine                                                               

Tickets are $12/members; $15/non-members and are on sale now at the Fishing Heritage Center or on line at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3600558. Tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  The Center is located at 38 Bethel Street and is handicap accessible with free off-street parking.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through archives, exhibits, and programs. For more information, email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call the Center at (508) 993-8894.

Author Reading with Paul Doucette – November 8th at 6:30 p.m.

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center presents an author reading with Paul Doucette on Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 during AHA night. Mr. Doucette will read from his new book, Neptune’s Nor’easter, about the November 1962 storm which his father, Captain Louis Doucette, Jr., called the worst heavy weather event in his 50-year career.

Neptune’s Nor’easter is the story of an unexpected storm which struck the Western North Atlantic on November 14 and 15, 1962. The United States Weather Bureau had not forecast the storm which generated 105-mph winds from a low pressure of 968-millibars, with seas reaching 60-feet in height. It reached out 1,000 miles from its’ center, and in 48 hours caused the sinking of six ships which resulted in the death of thirty-six seamen. Among those lost was the fishing vessel Midnight Sun, a New Bedford scalloper, and her eleven-man crew.

Captain Louis Doucette, Jr., was aboard the fishing vessel Venus in this storm and was fishing on the Northern Edge of Georges Bank. Although he had weathered three named hurricanes at sea, including the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, as well as numerous nor’easters and other gales in his 50-year career, he always said this storm was the only time he thought he would be lost at sea.

The book begins and pivots around the recollections of Captain Doucette, but it also encompasses the stories of the other boats and ships caught by this monster storm. The death toll could have easily exceeded 200 men and 21 ships, but for the skill and experience of the mariners involved, and the help of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy.

Mr. Doucette will read excerpts, discuss how he came to write this story, and answer questions about the storm. He will also sign copies of his book which will be available for sale. This event is free and open to the public.

The Center is open Thursday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Located at 38 Bethel Street in the heart of the National Park, the Center is wheelchair accessible with free off-street parking.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives. For more information, please email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894.

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Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

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