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Feb
8
Sat
Stories of Immigration Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Stories of Immigration Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Community members are encouraged to bring in any photographs, documents, or objects related to their own stories of immigration or enduring cultural heritage traditions. Such items will help inform and may be used in the Center’s upcoming exhibits on immigration and cultural heritage in New Bedford’s working waterfront. Fishing Heritage Center staff and volunteers 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.

If you cannot attend “Stories of Immigration Scanning Day” but would like to have your collection scanned, please call (508) 993-8894 to make an appointment.

The Center’s 2020 exhibits and programs are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Commonwealth Initiative, and Dartmouth, Mattapoisett, and New Bedford Cultural Council grants.

Golden Lane in Concert @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Golden Lane in Concert @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Known for lively, interactive performances, Golden Lane plays traditional Irish dance music. The Southeastern Massachusetts ensemble includes John MacDonald (guitar and banjo), Pat Black (bodhrán Irish drum, whistle, and vocals), Bill Black (guitar, banjo, bouzouki, and vocals), Colin Everett (uilleann pipes and whistle) and Mark Oien (fiddle).

Buy your tickets at the ticketing link on our online calendar or by calling the Center at 508-993-8894.
Tickets are $10/Members, $12/General Public.

Feb
21
Fri
Dock-u-mentaries: Mark Sweitzer: Lobstering on the Erica Knight @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dock-u-mentaries: Mark Sweitzer: Lobstering on the Erica Knight @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Mark’s first job in the fisheries – unloading the day’s catch from vessels returning to Point Judith, Rhode Island – was just a temporary way to earn some money while visiting friends after college. He simply never intended to become a commercial fisherman, and yet some 40 years later he is still at it, fishing his own boat, the Erica Knight. In this film, Mark discusses his daily life as a lobsterman and some of the challenges he faces on a daily basis. This film is part of a larger series documenting the commercial fishery in Point Judith for the Library of Congress. Film by Markham Starr.

Films about the commercial fishing industry and other aspects of the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the theater of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street. Presented by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The program is free and open to the public.

Mar
8
Sun
Cribbage Tournament @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm
Cribbage Tournament @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Break out your boards and sign up now for our Cribbage Tournament! This will be a points-based tournament, so those who score the most points will win gift cards to Oxford Creamery and the Fishing Heritage Center gift shop — plus bragging rights! Chowder will be provided by Oxford Creamery.

Reserve your spot for free using the Brown Paper Tickets link or by calling the Center at 508-993-8894.

Mar
11
Wed
Matthew Byrne in Concert @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Matthew Byrne in Concert @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Matthew Byrne is a traditional singer, storyteller, & guitarist from Newfoundland. Storytelling through song is a fundamental duty of traditional music and Matthew Byrne does this brilliantly. His repertoire has been shaped by his musical upbringing and Byrne supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room.

Tickets are $12/Members, $15/General Public. Buy your tickets at the Brown Paper Tickets link or by calling the Center at 508-993-8894.

Mar
20
Fri
Dock-u-mentaries: Women Working in the Commercial Fisheries in Point Judith, Rhode Island @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dock-u-mentaries: Women Working in the Commercial Fisheries in Point Judith, Rhode Island @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

While over the years a few women have successfully worked as commercial fishermen out of Point Judith, Rhode Island, the industry has overwhelmingly been dominated by men. As with other traditional industries throughout the country, tightening labor markets and a dwindling supply of men willing to commit to heavy work has created opportunities for women. This film follows a handful of women now working in the industry through a typical day on deck or on the factory floor. This film is part of a larger series documenting the commercial fishery in Point Judith for the Library of Congress. Film by Markham Starr.

Films about the commercial fishing industry and other aspects of the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the theater of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street. Presented by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The program is free and open to the public.

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38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
508-993-8894

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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