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New President / New Position Formed

Loretta “Lee” Blake was installed as the president at our last annual meeting. Joan Beaubian, is passing the baton of leadership to Loretta “Lee” Blake. After many years as President of the New Bedford Historical Society, Joan is moving into the new position of Executive Director. Lee has been serving as Vice President for four […]

NBHS Receives 2 Preservation Awards

WHALE and the New Bedford Preservation Society recognized the preservation efforts of the Society with awards for the Nathan and Polly Johnson House The Sarah R. Delano Preservation Awards are given annually by WHALE (Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE) to New Bedford area individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the rehabilitation, restoration and […]

Hidden History taught at Saturday Academy

Every Saturday morning , a group of about 10-12 local students spent the morning learning about the “Hidden History” of our ancestors. This program will reconvene in September and we invite you to sign up your students from 9 –14 years of age. The classes are held at the Friends’ Meeting House on Spring Street […]

Douglass read-athon is rewarding, students say

This weekend, the 12th annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-athon may have fierce competition with SuperBowl pre-parties. But one group of SouthCoast kids in their pre-teens and early teens say they’re taking part in by far the most rewarding event of the year. Reading the 1845 published autobiography, “Of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick […]

Your View: The Pats’ loss aside, Francis’ announcement on Douglass was truly Super

It is entirely understandable that the obligatory, pervasive coverage of our Super Sunday letdown overshadowed an important announcement by Superintendent Mary Louise Francis at this past Sunday’s annual Douglass Readathon. She publicly announced that, finally, Frederick Douglass’ first autobiography, his 1845 “Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself,” shall henceforth be mandatory […]

New Bedford’s Johnson House is Historic Treasure Trove

NEW BEDFORD — It has been almost 175 years since abolitionist Frederick Douglass arrived at 21 Seventh St. in 1838, but thanks to a renovation project by the New Bedford Historical Society, visitors will soon have a better idea of where Douglass lived in his first months of freedom. Standing in the kitchen of the […]

Tiny Maryland school linked to city educator’s great-grandmother

Retired educator Dawn Blake Souza said she has always been inspired by her great-grandmother, a teacher who taught freed slaves in Maryland. Now Souza has brought that family legacy full circle through a recent trip to the schoolhouse where her ancestor first taught. Souza said throughout her life, she had been told about the career […]

Michelle Obama recognizes New Bedford Historical Society

The New Bedford Historical Society was recently named a “Preserve America Steward” by first lady Michelle Obama for the organization’s work restoring the Nathan and Mary Johnson house. The Preserve America Steward program was started in 2008 and honors volunteer efforts that have helped to preserve and care for the country’s cultural heritage. New Bedford […]

Photo exhibit of 54th Regiment on display in Boston

The city once again plans to celebrate African-American History month this February, with familiar events such as the Frederick Douglass Marathon. But this year, a one-of-a-kind event is coming to Boston’s Massachusetts Historical Society that some New Bedford residents won’t want to miss. New Bedford was essential to making this exhibit happen. “Everybody was immensely […]