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SouthCoast marks moment with its own inaugural balls

Washington, D.C., was not alone in its inaugural celebrations Tuesday night. SouthCoast had a strong showing as well, with hundreds of people attending local balls to commemorate the inauguration of Barack Obama. read full story See the photo gallery | click here

Remembering the Black Yankee

Over 100 area residents turned out to last week’s poetry reading by former New Bedford Poet Laureate Everett Hoagland at the Ocean Explorium, entitled: “Black Hands, White Sails: A Meditation on Blacks in the Maritime Trades”, in which Westport’s renowned Captain Paul Cuffe (1759-1817) had a starring role.  read full story

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 […]