History & Preservation

New Bedford Historical Society

New Bedford Historical Society celebrates the history and culture of people of color, adding much to the cultural landscape of the greater New Bedford area through special events and educational programming. The Society acquired the Nathan and Polly

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New Bedford Preservation Society

New Bedford Preservation Society is a non-profit volunteer-led organization whose mission is to heighten awareness, provide education and guidance, and promote sensitive restoration and preservation of New Bedford’s fine historic structures and the neighborhoods in which they are located. Programs include Holiday House Tour, Spring House and Garden Tour, a Historic Marker Program, self-guided architectural …

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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park preserves whaling artifacts, offers guided tours and education programs.The park encompasses 34 acres spread over 13 city blocks. They have an Artist-in-Residence Program, Makerspace, Junior Ranger Program, and much more.

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Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum is a Greek Revival whaling mansion where patrons can experience period rooms and a full city block of gardens. It’s the best example of the “brave houses and flowery gardens” described by Herman Melville in Moby Dick.

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Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE)

Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting the value and reuse of greater New Bedford’s historic structures through preservation, education and advocacy.

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