March Scanning Day to Focus on Commercial Fishing Celebrations and Community Gatherings

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will host Scanning Day on Saturday February 10, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon with a theme of waterfront celebrations and community gatherings. 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.  This day focused on celebrations and gatherings is part of an overall effort to document fishing community history as well as a special project to research labor history and community life in the port of New Bedford and Fairhaven.

The Center invites the public to bring photographs, both historic and contemporary, of these waterfront celebrations including the Blessing of the Fleet, the Scallop Festival, fishing industry Christmas parties, and other waterfront-related community gatherings.  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 Center staff at to make an appointment to have your collection scanned. Future dates for Scanning Day are April 14th and May 12th.

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 or call (508) 993-8894.