Whaling, Wealth, Women and the Making of New Bedford

In partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Second of a 3-part place-based learning series

FOCAL SKILLS AND DISPOSITIONS: Analyzing point of view and purpose, Developing Cross-Cultural Sensitivity, Inquiry

DATE & TIME: August 3, 2021, 9 am – 1:30 pm (with extension, 3:30 pm) Rain Date: August 5
PDPs/CREDITS: 6 PDPs / 1 graduate credit if all three programs in the series are completed

FEE: Partnership educators—no cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit); Non-partnership educators—TBD(plus fee for 1 graduate credit)

In the early decades of the 19th century, the whaling industry transformed New Bedford into a city characterized by diversity and economic opportunities. The New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the South Coast project provide an excellent opportunity to study the intersection of geography, industry, and community.

Join us as we visit the museum’s galleries and selected locations on the Lighting the Way Walking Trail, to understand the social, cultural, and economic influences of the whaling industry on New Bedford’s past and present. In addition, we will examine primary sources from the museum archives, accessing the voices of women whose lives were shaped by their proximity to and participation in whaling. In doing so we will work to uncover the ways that the experiences and wealth they derived from the whaling industry shaped New Bedford through philanthropic, entrepreneurial, civic, and educational endeavors.

Especially for educators of grades 3-12.



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