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

New Bedford and The Civil War AUTHOR SERIES 2012

Civil-War-Rack-Card-BUSH-FrontPresented by The New Bedford Historical Society & Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library

New Bedford residents played an integral part in the Civil War from the Underground Railroad and the Stone Fleet to Frederick Douglass and the MA 54th Regiment. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, please join us to meet and hear many well-known authors as they assess the role of the war in American memory and New Bedford’s unique role in this historic conflict.