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New Bedford Preservation Society Historic Holiday Tour 2020 Update

Dear Patrons, Sponsors, and Members of the New Bedford Preservation Society,

The Society hopes you are safe and well during this holiday season of 2020.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the Society’s main fundraiser, the “Historic Holiday Tour” is not going to take place in 2020. We plan to resume the Historic Holiday Tour in 2021. Starting in December 2020 the Society will present vignettes of previous tours through images and videos on FaceBook and YouTube.

The Historic Holiday Tour was the Society’s main fundraiser to support its programs throughout the year. During this season we ask for donations through our website and Facebook Page to help ensure the continuation of programs into 2021.

Traditions have never been more meaningful as our families reconnect to celebrate the holidays in these challenging times. We wish for you and your loved ones warmth and safety this season as we are all “Home for the Holidays.”

New Bedford Preservation Society Board of Directors

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Upcoming Events - Save The Dates!

Summer Architectural Walking Tour Series
Part of VAHA! (Virtual AHA!) for May & June
This series is made possible by the generous support of the New Bedford Local Cultural Council

May 14th
VIP TOUR 2 - Notable People in New Bedford History
Historic Walking Tour
Gather at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street

June 11th
Homes of Moreland Terrace and More!
Gather at St. Luke’s Hospital Parking Lot Page & Hawthorn Streett

July 9th
Whitman Mills Tour
Gather at Joseph Abboud Manuf. 689 Belleville Avenue

August 13th
The New Bedford Downtown Historic District  
Gather at Custom House Square t

September 10th
Downtown New Bedford – The Definitive Tour
Gather at New Bedford Main Public Library

Save The Date
29th Annual Historic Holiday Tour

December 12th (4-8pm) & 13th  (1-5pm)


Mission: To heighten awareness, provide education and guidance and promote sensitive restoration and preservation of New Bedford’s fine historic structures and the neighborhoods in which they are located.

Background: In 1974 a group of private citizens banded together to try to halt a state plan to widen New Bedford's premier residential avenue and destroy the tall old elm trees that had arched over the street for decades. That group became the New Bedford Preservation Society, which continues its efforts to protect and preserve properties and landscapes of historic and architectural significance throughout the city. Continuing programs involve buildings from whaling mansions to triple-deckers and from city parks to shade trees along the most modest city block. } CONTINUED


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New Bedford Preservation Society
Phone/Fax: 508-997-6425
15 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 10am-2pm or by appointment