February 7, 2019
  • Jim Bean and Steve Sullwold Concert

    February 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Jim and Steve, both long time residents of the South Coast, have been singing together for over 30 years, sharing maritime songs, gospel, shape note hymns and original works with their audiences. As members of the Beans, they have appeared locally at the Working Waterfront Festival, the New Bedford Folk Festival, the Mystic Sea Music Festival, the NEFFA Festival, aboard the Schooner Ernestina Morrisey, and as far afield as Washington DC, for the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. They provide their songs with varied traditional accompaniments on guitar, banjo, mandolin and concertina, and add rich vocal harmonies, delighting listeners everywhere.

    Tickets are $12/member, $15/non-member and can be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4042437.


February 9, 2019
  • Scanning Day

    February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    We invite the public to bring their fishing related photographs, both historic and contemporary, as well as documents such as settlement sheets, union books, or news clippings to be scanned. NBFHC staff and volunteers will scan your materials and record any information you share about what you bring. You will leave with your originals along with a digital copy on a flash drive. We are 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.


February 11, 2019
  • Sailors Valentine Shell Art Workshops

    February 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Just in time for Valentine's Day...two Sailors Valentine style shell art workshops.

    Learn to embellish a beautiful Victorian style setting in the 1800’s Sailors Valentine art form in this workshop taught by shell artisan Melonie Massa. She will offer hands-on, friendly assistance while teaching you techniques (and secrets) she has honed after a decade of creating this vintage art form. Melonie will also bring some of her most precious tiny sea treasures for you to use! Participants will go home with their natural shell art creation freshly resined and boxed, with a storycard about Sailors Valentines. Your creation will need 2 days undisturbed to cure fully. The resin adds incredible strength to your finished design and also preserves the natural colors of these treasures from the Sea!

    Please feel free to bring something very tiny from the Sea of your own that you'd like to incorporate into your piece. Beginners, ages 12 and up, are warmly welcomed! Class minimum 4, maximum 12. Pre-Registration is required. For more information or to register email Programs@FishingHeritageCenter.org .

    Sailors Valentine style Seashell Art
    Victorian Bookmark
    Includes gift box and Sailors Valentine story card
    Class cost: $25/members and $30/non-members

    Sailors Valentine style Seashell Art
    Pendant Necklace
    Your choice of heart OR oval shape.
    Includes chain, gift box, and Sailors Valentine story card
    Class cost: $30/members and $35/non-members


February 14, 2019
  • Exhibit Opening: Commercial Fishermen of New England

    February 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will display nearly twenty charcoal drawings that depict some of the commercial fishermen working local waters today. Whether chasing ground fish, squid, lobsters or scallops, most continue the work of their fathers and grandfathers. As a series, these images offer a richer portrait of the fishing community thatn any individual portrait might.

    An award winning artist, Suzanne Starr is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Museum of Art, and a member of the American Artists Professional League. Recently retired from her teaching career in the North Stonington public school system, she now pursues her art on a full time basis.


February 15, 2019
  • Dock-u-mentaries: Point Jude: Portraits of a Fishing Port

    February 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Point Judith is one of the few commercial fishing ports left in New England. Facing increasing pressures from a variety of sources, the men and women still in the industry are as tough as the jobs they do. This film by Markham Starr tries to capture something of the port as a whole, by following eight people through a typical day as they work both on the water harvesting seafood or on shore in support of the industry. Running time 1:14:52

    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 p.m. in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.