Living History Workshop

Join us for a fun day of storytelling with Tammy Denease, performance artist and historian. Local historians will be on hand to share information on upcoming living history days in New Bedford. We will also have information on historic dressmaking and costumes.

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18th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-A-Thon

New Bedford Historical Society Invites You To The 18th Annual
Frederick Douglass Community Read-A-Thon

Sunday, February 11, 2018 2-6pm
At First Unitarian Church New Bedford
71 Eighth Street, Downtown New Bedford 02740

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African Children’s Choir

Cultural Connections Concert featuring
African Children’s Choir
February 24th

I Am Not Your Negro

New Bedford Historical Society presents a screening of
I Am Not Your Negro
January 28th
Part of the New Bedford LGBTQ
Winter Film Series


Digging Into History

An Archaeological Dig At Abolition Row Park
Saturday & Sunday 11/4-11/18
9am-noon & 1pm-4pm

The ultimate goal of the Dig is to discover, recover and interpret any artifacts associated with the Thornton House.

The NBHS is delighted to have Craig Chartier, of the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project, as the managing archaeologist on the dig. If you are interested in participating please contact the Society office at 508-979-8828 and leave your name and number for more details.

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Abolitionists & Freedom Seekers: NB & the Underground Rail Road

An Illustrated Presentation
Wednesday 9/20


A Celebration of Paul Cuffe’s Legacy Set for September 16

On Saturday, September 16th five local historical organizations will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the passing of local hero Paul Cuffe with the inauguration of an African-American Native-American Heritage Trail



A Family Celebration of Freedom & Diversity
Saturday June 17, 2017 1-4pm

City Launches Abolition Row Park Friday May 12th, 11am

New Bedford Creates Historical Storytelling Garden
Abolition Row Park revitalizes public greenspace to teach residents about City’s history

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Abolition Row Park Public Hearing

Abolition Row Park Public Hearing 
Thursday 5/4, 5:30 PM 
Friends Meeting House 
83 Spring Street

Join the members of the New Bedford Historical Society and the New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches as we share a new vision for Seventh Street that will center around the development of Abolition Row Park.  The proposed park will celebrate the role of New Bedford’s 19th century abolitionists who worked to end the institution of slavery and moved the country forward on the journey to make all men and women free. Our landscaping partners, COG Design, will present the proposed design for Abolition Row Park. We appreciate your comments and look forward to hearing them