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2020 Event Calendar

New Bedford Preservation Society presents a free
Summer Walking Tours Series

The Living History Architectural Walking Tour Series 2020 will take place on AHA! Nights every second Thursday in May - September from 6-7:30pm. Telling the City’s history helps us understand our roots, patterns in our past, understand change and make informed decisions about the future. Bruce Barnes will be your tour guide with interesting narratives about the architecture and biographical history of the city’s various 19th century neighborhoods and industrial areas featured on the tours. Tours will not be held in inclement weather. 

This series is made possible by the generous support of  the New Bedford Local Cultural Council.

Thursday, May 14th - 6pm
VIP TOUR 2 - Notable People in New Bedford History

Gather at Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street
The history of New Bedford is filled people who shaped the city during their lifetime and left a lasting legacy. The opening event of this year’s Walking Tour Series is a follow up to last year’s VIP Tour with an equally distinguished list of citizens along with the houses and neighborhoods in which they lived.

Thursday, June 11th - 6pm
Homes of Moreland Terrace and More!

Gather at St. Luke’s Hospital Parking Lot Page & Hawthorn Street
This tour highlights one of New Bedford’s premier neighborhoods. The houses on this tour represent a multitude of styles from the late Victorian to Mid-Century Modern.

Thursday, July 9th - 6pm
Whitman Mills Tour

Gather at Joseph Abboud Manuf. 689 Belleville Avenue
Textile tycoon William Whitman created a spectacular series of Textile Mills – Whitman, Manomet, Nonquit and Nashawena – in the north end of New Bedford on Belleville and Riverside Avenues. These mills served as an example of the powerful economic impact the Textile Industry had not only in New Bedford but regionally and nationally.

Thursday, August 13th - 6pm
The New Bedford Downtown Historic District

Gather at Custom House Square
This Walking Tour of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and adjoining areas will cover many of the most significant buildings in the city’s history and the stories behind them.

Thursday, September 10th - 6pm
Downtown New Bedford – The Definitive Tour
Gather at New Bedford Main Public Library
The season’s series concludes with a tour of the city’s central business and retail district. The quintessential buildings on Pleasant, Union and Purchase Streets will be featured.

December 12th & 13th  
29th Annual Historic Holiday Tour

Saturday the 12th, 4-8pm Candlelight Tour
Sunday the 13th, 1-5pm Afternoon Tour






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