Steppin’ Out On A Sunday Afternoon

The New Bedford Historical Society Hosts  Steppin’ Out on a Sunday Afternoon. 

Join the New Bedford Historical Society for our annual fundraiser on Sunday, May 17 from 3 – 8 PM. Held at the Hawthorne Country Club, there will be music in three rooms by Elan Trotman, Cabo Verdean music by Mont Cara, and Lady K spinning R&B favorites. Tickets are $60 and include an opportunity to win art by Alison Wells, dinner buffet and an opportunity to party for a cause –  supporting the Nathan and Mary Johnson House, a site on the historic Underground Railroad and the first home in freedom of Frederick and Anna Douglass.

Tickets are available at Celia’s Boutique, Johna’s Hair Salon, or by contacting the Historical Society office at (508) 979-8828.  You can also email us at

For additional information you may contact the Society at (508) 979-8828.

Celebrate Sonia Sanchez’s 80th Birthday

Join the members of the Historical as we celebrate the legacy of Sonia Sanchez on her 80th birthday. Poets Everett Hoagland, Iva Brito, Pat Gomes and Amanda DeGrace will share their  personal connections to Sonia as a writer, poet, activist, founding member of the Black Arts and Black Studies Movement and her impact on our lives.

NBHS Sonia Sanchez

Documentation and Preservation Workshop

This workshop will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 2:30 – 4:30 PM at the Corson Building on 33 William Street. Learn how to care for family papers and how to document the service of the veterans of our foreign wars.  The event is free and open to the public.

Presentation workshop



Summer Sunset Cruise

NBHS Cuttyhunk

Johnson House Open July 3

The Nathan and Polly Johnson House will be open for visitors on Thursday, July 3 from 1-4 PM.

Nzinga’s Daughters Performance

Join us on July 17 for a special performance of Music of the Underground Railroad with Nzinga’s Daughters.  The event is co-sponsored by the Rotch Jones Duff House and will be held in the garde at 7 PM.

Book signing for African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album

Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 at the Ft. Taber Community Center.
Event is open to the public and free of charge. Coddington_event

Ron Coddington,  noted historian  and author of  three Civil War histories including African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album will present the stories of men of color in battle through graphical representations: cartes de visite, ambrotypes, and tintypes. These compelling narratives of African Americans within the Civil War broaden and illuminate the historical contexts of the war.

Our I-Dentities

67Join us on Saturday, April 5th, 3-5pm, as we celebrate Spring and the power of words with a gathering of local poets who will share their thoughts on Our I-Dentities. Hosted by Everett Hoagland with guest poet Tony Medina, winner of the 2013 Langston Hughes Society Award and a professor of Creative Writing at Howard University.

Event is free and Open to the Public
Where: Gallery X – 169 William Street – New Bedford, MA
For additional information, call the Historical Society office at 508-979-8828