Current Programs

Past Programs

Black History Month
Schedule of Events

Call for Papers
Exploring Paul Cuffe: The Man and His Legacy
download PDF

Tenth Annual Frederick Douglass Read-a-thon
Sunday, February 8, 2009  2 - 6 PM
The First Unitarian Church
Eighth and Union Street
Join the members of the New Bedford Historical Society in celebrating Black History Month with a community reading of the Narrative of the Life Of Frederick Douglass. This event is an annual highlight with its participation by community members and school-aged youth. Free will donation.

Traces of the Trade: Massachusetts and the Economy of Slavery
Thursday, February 12, 2009  6 - 9 PM
New Bedford Whaling Museum Auditorium
In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Trans Atlantic slave trade, MA Humanities presents Massachusetts and the Economy of Slavery, featuring a screening of Katrina Browne’s documentary, Traces of the Trade which follows a Rhode Island family as members discover their family legacy and connections to the Rhode Island slave trade.  Panel discussion to follow. Co-sponsors include New Bedford National Whaling Park and  the New Bedford Historical Society.

Frederick Douglass: Profile in Courage
Friday, February 13 at 7- 8 PM
New Bedford Whaling Museum Auditorium
A film that focuses on Douglass in his early years as an abolitionist in New Bedford and his courage in revealing his status as a fugitive from slavery.    

Book signing and Talk
John Stauffer, author of
Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
Saturday, February 21, 2 - 4 PM  
New Bedford Whaling Museum Auditorium
Stauffer’s collective biography of Douglass and Lincoln tells a moving story of the two men who dominated 19th century American life — as allies across the racial divide, friends who drew a common inspiration from hard scrabble beginnings and fellow travelers on the road of American self-making. Join us for a great discussion. Co-sponsor Baker Books.

New Bedford Historical Society 2007 | contact