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2019 Event Calendar

New Bedford Preservation Society is celebrating
45 years of preservation this year!
As part of the year's festivities join the NBPS for a free Summer Walking Tours Series, AHA! Nights every second Thursday in May, June, July, August and September from 6-7:30pm.
Bruce Barnes will be your tour guide with interesting narratives about the architecture and biographical history of the city's various 19th century neighborhoods 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 9th - 6pm
West of County Street Walking Tour

Gather at the front of the William Rodman Mansion, 388 County Street.
In the 1800s the sea captains of New Bedford became investors in international trade and soon the grand residences of
County Street became their legacy. This tour will highlight a selection of these architectural beauties.

Thursday, June 13th - 6pm
Victorian New Bedford Walking Tour

Gather at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street.
The homes which grew up along the quiet residential ways are characteristic of the 19 th century architectural styles of New Bedford. Most of the homes on this walking tour are the result of enormous growth in manufacturing, transportation and commerce in New Bedford from 1850 to 1900 and are architectural treasures of an era that influenced a nation.

Thursday, July 11th - 6pm
VIP TOUR - Notable People in New Bedford History
Walking Tour
Gather at the Friend's Meeting House, located at 83 Spring Street near downtown New Bedford.
This tour will explore many of the famous characters that lived in the historic homes in New Bedford. From Fredrick Douglass to Hetty Green as well as the Captains of the whaling and textiles industries, these individuals left an indelible impact on New Bedford that continues to be a part of the City's heritage today. Other notable people on this tour include Rachel Howland, William Rotch Jr, Joseph Grinnell, John H. Clifford, Julia Delano, William and Lydia Swain, Herman Melville, Andrew G. Pierce Jr, James Arnold and Samuel Rodman Jr.

Thursday, August 8th - 6pm
Howland Mills Walking Tour

Gather at 302 Bolton Street.
The Howland Mill story is one of the most compelling in the history of New Bedford. William D. Howland attempted to establish
a utopian community of manufacturing facilities and residential villages that for a brief time was a national model of labor/capitalist harmony. It all came crashing down in financial chaos in 1897 which caused Howland to take his own life. The historic Howland Mill Village, a collection of 50 single family cottages remains as a testament to Howland's utopian vision.

Thursday, September 12th - 6pm
Neighborhoods of the Textile Era Walking Tour
Gather at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street.
New Bedford was an important center for textile production in the world at the industry's peak in the early 1900s. This tour will highlight some of the neighborhoods and explore the legacy of this long and eventful period in the history of New Bedford.

45th Annual NBPS Meeting & Elm Awards
Third Floor Meeting Room of the Main Library
613 Pleasant Street, NB
Time: 7pm Date: TBA

December 14th & 15th  
28th Annual Holiday House Tour

Saturday the 14th, 4-8pm Candlelight Tour
Sunday the 15th, 1-5pm Afternoon Tour
Come visit beautifully restored historic 19th Century homes, all decked out for the holidays.
Advance tickets: $22 At the door, tickets: $25






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