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Sep
14
Sat
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

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.

Sunset Harbor Cruise Fundraiser @ M/V Cuttyhunk
Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunset Harbor Cruise Fundraiser @ M/V Cuttyhunk

Join us for our annual end-of-summer fundraiser aboard the M/V Cuttyhunk! Relax, enjoy light refreshments and a beverage from the cash bar, and listen to live acoustic music from David Conlon.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets online or at the Center gift shop.

Cruise departs from the Cuttyhunk Ferry Company dock on State Pier. Parking is in the southwest corner near Cuttyhunk Ferry office.

Sep
20
Fri
Dock-u-Mentaries: Cuttyhunk: An illustrated talk by photographer Phil Mello @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s Corson Maritime Learning Center
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dock-u-Mentaries: Cuttyhunk: An illustrated talk by photographer Phil Mello @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s Corson Maritime Learning Center

Phil Mello has been documenting the fishing industry since the mid-1970s.  In the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019, Phil took weekly trips to Cuttyhunk Island to document everyday life in this island community.  He will share images and stories from this ongoing project.

The talk will take place at the National Park Theater (33 William Street, New Bedford). The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating for this event is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Sep
28
Sat
Big Boats Little Boats @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Big Boats Little Boats @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Big Boats Little Boats
free celebration of commercial fishing culture in New Bedford, MA, the #1 Fishing Port in the Country.

Activities will take place in and around the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street) and on Steamship Pier (walking and vessel tours) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A free shuttle will run in a loop between the Center and the waterfront.

An evening performance of maritime music at the Seamen’s Bethel, (15 Johnny Cake Hill) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. featuring the New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus, Ana Vinagre Ensemble, and the Johnson Girls.

Through exhibits, demonstrations, walking tours, dockside vessel tours, author readings, and performances, the event will showcase industry skills, fisheries science, and sustainable seafood.

A display of model fishing boats will complement the Center’s fall exhibit F/V Innovation chronicling the history of vessels and gear and honoring the contributions of local industry innovators.

Oct
10
Thu
Superstitions and Sea Stories @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Superstitions and Sea Stories @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Did you know that bananas are bad luck on a boat? How about that saying the word “pig” is often taboo aboard a fishing vessel?
Join us at the Fishing Heritage Center to learn about fishing industry superstitions! Members of the fishing community will share stories about the unique superstitions that dictate lives both at sea and at home.

This event takes place on October’s AHA! Night and is free and open to the public.

Oct
12
Sat
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

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.

Oct
18
Fri
Dock-u-mentaries: The Port that Built a City and a State @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s Corson Maritime Learning Center
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dock-u-mentaries: The Port that Built a City and a State @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s Corson Maritime Learning Center

Join us for our October Dock-u-mentary, “The Port that Built a City and a State: Baltimore’s Historic Maritime Television Series 1950- 1965.” Following WWII, Helen Delich Bentley, a young, female journalist in Baltimore, Maryland, became immersed in a world of mariners, longshoremen and entrepreneurs where she discovered a never ending source of stories. In 1950, she proposed a series to Baltimore’s first TV station, WMAR, that became “The Port that Built a City and State.” For 15 years, she took Marylanders behind the scenes, on tugboats and skipjacks and through the maze of businesses ringing the waterfront. This film explores Bentley and her work.

Following the film, Nancy Harding and Becky Evans, journalists who covered the New Bedford waterfront, will lead a discussion and share stories of their experiences.

The screening will take place at the National Park Theater (33 William Street, New Bedford). The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating for this event is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Oct
25
Fri
Screening of “Atlantic” @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Screening of "Atlantic" @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Join us for a screening of the documentary, Atlantic. We screened this film in August and the feedback was so positive that we’re showing it again!

Atlantic, directed and produced by Risteard Ó Domhnaill, is an award-winning documentary about the two big resources in the North Atlantic, fish and oil, and the impact of their exploitation on the environment in various countries on both sides of the Atlantic. Narrated by Emmy-award winning actor Brendan Gleeson, Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities – in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland – bringing to the fore three very intimate stories from the global resource debate.

Ticket price- $5 suggested donation

Nov
2
Sat
Family Fun with Author Cynthia Ahern @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Family Fun with Author Cynthia Ahern @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Join us for a family-friendly art activity with the author and illustrator of the book “A Day at Sea on the Annabelle Lee,” Cynthia Ahern. Children and their families will work together on an art project inspired by the book!

“A Day at Sea” is the story of what happens to Sammy, her Uncle Nick, and deckhand Rusty aboard the fishing boat, the Annabelle Lee when a smooth start in the early morning hours leads to unexpected events!

A book signing with the author will follow the program.

This program is free and open to the public. Pre-register for the event here.

Email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org with any questions.

Nov
9
Sat
Educators’ Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Educators' Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

On Saturday, November 9th, teachers and administrators can visit the Center for free with a valid school ID. Explore our exhibits and learn more about our school programs!

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center offers a variety of educational opportunities for students of all ages. Programs can be tailored to the educational standards, interests, and ages of students. This fall and winter, students can explore our new exhibit, F/V Innovation, and experience hands on learning about local innovation, fishing technology, and New Bedford’s working waterfront!

For more information, email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org.

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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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