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Feb
8
Thu
February AHA! Night: Draw A Fish Boat with Bob Bowers @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Draw A Fish Boat with Bob Bowers

Thursday, February 8 | 5:00pm | FHC (38 Bethel Street, New Bedford) | FREE

New Bedford loves local art and artists! This AHA! Night, learn how to draw a fish boat with local artist Bob Bowers. Entirely self-taught, Bowers has an eye for detail and a near perfect recall for boats and their rigs. The son of a local fisherman, Bowers grew up on the New Bedford waterfront and worked as a fisherman. Today, he works for Bay Fuels running a fuel barge.

Feb
16
Fri
February Dock-u-mentaries: Sustaining Sea Scallops @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

February Dock-u-mentaries: Sustaining Sea Scallops

Friday, February 16 | 7:00PM | New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street, New Bedford) | FREE

Join us for our February Dock-u-mentary, Sustaining Sea Scallops! This 2016 documentary produced by the Coonamessett Farm Foundation (CFF) explores how fishermen and scientists along the East Coast – from New Bedford, MA to Seaford, VA – work together to ensure the survival of Atlantic sea scallops. 35 minute film followed by Q&A with CFF staff.

Dock-u-mentaries are free and are hosted in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park auditorium at 33 William Street in Downtown New Bedford.

Register here (please select one free ticket per family or couple): https://bit.ly/3vGbSjp

Questions? Contact programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894

Feb
22
Thu
Lobster Days 2024 @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lobster Days 2024

Thursday, February 22 | 11:00am – 3:00pm | FHC (38 Bethel Street, New Bedford) | FREE

You’re invited to Lobster Days 2024! Explore one of New England’s favorite crustaceans at New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 from 11am until 3:00pm! Local lobstermen Dave Casoni and Steve Holler will be on hand to answer questions about commercial lobstering and lead lobster biology demos. Lobsterman and tugboat captain Bruce Gifford will also be showcasing some  of his authentic lobster boat models.

PLUS, try your hand at making a lobster hat or a lobster hand puppet and enjoy lobster-themed story time throughout both days. All Lobster Day programming is FREE and open to the public!

Lobster Days 2024 is made possible through the generous support of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association as well as Mass Cultural Council.

Feb
23
Fri
Lobster Days 2024 @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lobster Days 2024

Friday, February 23 | 11:00am – 3:00pm | FHC (38 Bethel Street, New Bedford) | FREE

You’re invited to Lobster Days 2024! Explore one of New England’s favorite crustaceans at New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 from 11am until 3:00pm! Local lobstermen Dave Casoni and Steve Holler will be on hand to answer questions about commercial lobstering and lead lobster biology demos. Lobsterman and tugboat captain Bruce Gifford will also be showcasing some  of his authentic lobster boat models.

PLUS, try your hand at making a lobster hat or a lobster hand puppet and enjoy lobster-themed story time throughout both days. All Lobster Day programming is FREE and open to the public!

Lobster Days 2024 is made possible through the generous support of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association as well as Mass Cultural Council.

Mar
8
Fri
FHC Closed to the Public
Mar 8 all-day

Fishing Heritage Center Closed to the Public

Friday, March 8 | All Day | FHC (38 Bethel Street, New Bedford) 

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will be closed to the public all day on Friday, March 8, for a private event. The Center will resume normal public visiting hours on Saturday, March 9.

Mar
9
Sat
Unusual Catch Day – NEW DATE @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Special Program: Unusual Catch Day

Saturday, March 9 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | FHC (38 Bethel Street, New Bedford) | FREE

An FHC tradition is back! Fish are not the only things that come up in a fisherman’s net. Fishermen routinely pull up a variety of objects, including glass bottles and fine china, wreckage from sunken ships, unexploded bombs, and even real life sea monsters! Stop by the Center on Saturday, March 9, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and bring your own unusual catches or view others’ at FHC’s version of Antiques Roadshow. Maritime archeologists will be on had to help shed light on these interesting finds. Public welcome!

Mar
14
Thu
March AHA! Night: Herstory @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

March AHA! Night: Herstory

Thursday, March 14 | 6:00pm | FHC (38 Bethel Street, New Bedford) | FREE

Celebrate Women’s History Month at FHC! Join us on March 14 to learn about Herstory, an intergenerational oral history project pairing high school and college students with older women with ties to New Bedford’s fishing community. Meet project participants and hear stories from the working waterfront, past and present.

Funding for Herstory is made possible through the generous support of the Association for the Relief of Aged Women and Women’s Fund SouthCoast.

Mar
15
Fri
March Dock-u-mentaries: Saving New England Fisheries @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

March Dock-u-mentaries: Saving New England Fisheries

Friday, March 15 | 7:00PM | New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street, New Bedford) | FREE

Join us for the final Dock-u-mentary film screening of the Fall/Winter series! Saving New England Fisheries is a 2016 documentary film that explores the rise and fall of the Atlantic Cod fishery in the Gulf of Maine, and follows the fishermen, scientists, environmentalists, and local restaurateurs who are fighting to save this famous New England species. Duration: 56 minutes.

Dock-u-mentaries are free and are hosted in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park auditorium at 33 William Street in Downtown New Bedford.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3SI5PT0

Questions? Contact programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894

Apr
11
Thu
April AHA! Night: Swordfishing on the SouthCoast @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Swordfishing on the SouthCoast

Thursday, April 11 | 5:00-8:00pm | FHC (38 Bethel Street, New Bedford) | FREE

FHC invites you to the opening of our newest exhibit, Stand Clear the Line: Swordfishing on the SouthCoast, on Thursday, April 11. Explore the fascinating world of commercial swordfishing and discover the stories of the people who sailed in search of swordfish. The exhibit will open to the public at 5:00pm. Then at 6:00pm, members of the public will be invited to hear first-hand from local New Bedford fishermen about their experiences catching swordfish on New England’s SouthCoast. The exhibit will be on display until September 30, 2024.

Stand Clear the Line: Swordfishing on the SouthCoast and related programming are supported by Eversource, the Westport Cultural Council Community Grants, A local agency supported by the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by the Bank of America and the Westport Community Gift Fund, grants from the Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, and Westport Cultural Councils, as well as the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Upcoming Exhibit: Swordfishing on the SouthCoast @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm

Upcoming Gallery Exhibit: Stand Clear the Line: Swordfishing on the SouthCoast

April 2024 – September 2024 | New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street, New Bedford) | Included with price of admission

Our next gallery exhibit will explore the fascinating world of commercial swordfishing. Swordfish have been an important fishery for New England for over 200 years, and this majestic fish continues to capture the imagination of fishermen from coast to coast. Explore the history of commercial swordfishing from the age of tall ships to modern times and discover the people who sailed in search of swordfish. This exhibit will feature a swordfish pulpit, harpoons and darts, models and decorated swordfish bills, photographs and video footage, and oral histories from some of Massachusetts’ swordfishing families. Stay tuned for more tie-in programs and events, including fishermen talks, film screenings, cooking classes, and more!

This exhibit and related programming are supported by grants from the DartmouthFairhavenMarionMattapoisettNew Bedford, and Westport Cultural Councils, as well as the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Eversource and the Westport Cultural Council Community Grants, A local agency supported by the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by the Bank of America and the Westport Community Gift Fund

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