September 21, 2018
  • Dock-U-Mentaries Rodman Sykes: A Life in the Fisheries

    September 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Rodman Sykes is a lifelong commercial fisherman out of Point Judith, Rhode Island. He began fishing with his grandfather as a child and has pursued this career his whole life. He discusses his life in the fisheries, how it has changed over time, and what increasing regulatory pressure is doing to the industry against the backdrop of a day aboard the F/V Virginia Marise, catching both groundfish for food and skates to be used as bait by local lobstermen. This film is part of a series by Markham Starr documenting the commercial fishing port of Point Judith, Rhode Island.

    Dock-u-mentaries is a co-production of the Center and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.


October 3, 2018
  • Drawing Mermaids, Vessels, and More!

    October 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Drawing Mermaids, Vessels and More!
    Always wanted to learn how to draw? Looking to pick up tips on classic drawing techniques?

    Join artist Tina deVilliers for a beginner to intermediate class on how to draw with pencil. Tina will share tips on how to draw mermaids, vessels and more!

    Materials are provided, just bring your enthusiasm! 

    Class fee is $5/members $10/non-members.

    Register or at the Center's Gift Shop!


October 11, 2018
  • Opening of Working on the Waterfront

    October 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Join us for the opening of the Center’s fall exhibit, Working on the Waterfront, which will showcase the important role of shoreside workers. Drawing on oral history interviews conducted over the course of a year, the exhibit will give visitors an opportunity to hear directly from those who work in the many shoreside support trades.  An oral history kiosk, made possible with support from NOAA’s Voices from the Fisheries, will enable visitors to listen to workers talk about Learning the Trade, A Typical Day, and All in the Family.

    The interviews and photographs were produced as part of an Archie Green Fellowship from the Library of Congress


October 13, 2018
  • Scanning Day

    October 13, 2018 @ 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.


October 16, 2018
  • Sea Glass Pendant Class

    October 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Do you have Sea Glass, just sitting around in a Jar? Take this 2 hour workshop and learn how you can transform it into wearable, beautiful jewelry!

    Melonie of Mermaids Baubles will be your instructor and she will bring everything you need to go home with at least 1 (if not 2!) wire wrapped Sea Glass Pendants.
    Sterling Silver plated Wire, optional Accent Beads, Jewelry Bag & Tool use is included with your registration fee along with friendly hands-on assistance. Beginners, ages 12 & up, are warmly welcomed!

    BYO sea glass (a nice triangular shape is easiest for beginners to wrap) to work with and find out which ones are the most desirable, sought after, and desirable in your collection! If you do not have any, basic pieces will be available.

    The last workshop this past March filled VERY quickly!!
    Class Cost: $25/Members and $30 for non-Members.
    Class Limited to 12.  Registration is a MUST. Questions? Email

    Please note:
    This Workshop is for ages 12+ (wire manipulation & sharp tool use)

    If you've taken this Workshop with Melonie before, she WILL be bringing supplies to make a different Sea Glass Jewelry design!


October 18, 2018
  • Tom Goux in Concert

    October 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    For over four decades, Tom Goux has been collecting and performing chanteys, ballads and ditties of the New England seafarer.  A resident of Cape Cod, he has made a specialty of the songs and poetry of the Yankee mariner, bringing to life the salty sentiments of deep-water mariners, intrepid whalermen and coastal fisherfolk.  Accompanied by concertina, guitar, Hawaiian guitar and ukulele, his selections span three centuries of music and verse commemorating the American maritime epoch.

    A partial listing of his performance credits includes the Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and the Galveston Historical Society.  On the Pacific coast he has given concerts at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Ventura County Maritime Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.  He has recorded on the Smithsonian Folkways and Whaling City Sound labels and for several PBS projects.

    In addition to his solo performances, he is leader of the Rum Soaked Crooks, well known to festival audiences throughout the region, and is the founding director of the 35-voice New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus, now in its 17th season.

    Tickets are $12/members, $15/non members. Available at the Center and on line.