The Bulletin from Johnny Cake Hill, Winter/Spring 2012

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The Bulletin from Johnny Cake Hill, Winter/Spring 2012

BullTHEetinWINTER/SPRING 2012fromJohnnyCake HillSave the Date: Annual Members’ Meeting | Friday, May 18, 2012Check out our NEW website: www.whalingmuseum.org


AkFrom the Helm: ks a general rule, we keep the storiesin these Bulletins focused onfuture activities. However, these areunusual times and recently t’was theseason for giving. is tradition wasalive and well in the waning days of2011 as scores of angels alighted onour stoop. Donations and goodwillaplenty allow your Museum to enterthe new year in a strong financial position.For those who could, on behalfof the Museum staff, board of trusteesand volunteers, thank you for yourgenerosity of spirit. Our deep gratitude extends to every memberand friend who made the conscious decision to help this organizationfulfill its mission of service to the community.Looking ahead, 3 overarching short-term goals demand our attention:1) keen financial management and careful stewardshipof our precious resources including personnel, collections andcampus 2) continuity with our community-centric approachon education, social service and civic engagement; 3) steadfastresolve as we press forward with programs that frame thewhaling story in a global historical context with relevant lessonsand meaning for youth today.Success of the first goal is paramount. anks to outstandingdonor support, the organization ended the year in the black withapproximately $1.4 million in contributed income to theoperating budget and a further $2.9 million in cash and pledgesdirected to our Navigating the World—the voyage home capitalcampaign. We are tantalizingly close to eliminating long-termdebt spurred by a $400,000 matching challenge offered byBarbara Ferri and Jack Braitmayer. Some donors directed theirgiving to boost our endowment while others were inspired by ourplans to consolidate our holdings on the Johnny Cake Hill campus.New to our community, we applaud Welsh & Forbes forstepping forward early as lead sponsor for the 2012 summer gala.On civic engagement, a deepening relationship with our friendsin the Portuguese and Cape Verdean communities is mostgratifying and producing substantive results. e narrative ofhistorical whaling reveals how this industry was a gateway formany immigrant groups in their quest for a better life and theircontributions to the cultural tapestry of America. New exhibitsin the Bourne Building will complete this story and interpretiveelements tell in great detail the hitherto unsung stories ofNative American, Cape Verdean, African American and Azoreanwhalers. Associated programming on-site and on-line withsymposia, lectures, performances and community events willcontinue to build on this direction.Responding to visitor surveys, you asked us to connect the pastmore to the present. We are doing this in three ways. Exhibitswill discuss the plight of marine mammals in the 21st centurywith particular attention given to the highly endangered NorthAtlantic right whale. Look to contextual exhibits in the JacobsFamily Gallery and mezzanine that interpret our “bone yard” ina manner compelling and exciting. Secondly, we look to frameJohn N. Garfield, Jr., Chair, and James Russell, President & CEOthe New Bedford whaling narrative asa chapter in a book that is still beingwritten. Curators will look at thebusiness of whaling and draw the directline across time to the fishing industrytoday. A new long-term exhibit on thethird floor overlooking the harbor willshed light on the current complexfishing debate and illuminate the highlycharged issues that confront New Bedfordfishermen today. irdly, look formore exhibits highlighting the work ofnotable contemporary artists.Our educational mission uniquely bridges art, science and literature.anks to our remarkable docent corps, we can afford tooffer daily programming for students K-12. Teachers and staffhave mapped 40 of these cultural programs to the Massachusettscurriculum frameworks.Education staff and trained docents expect to conduct more than340 school programs in 2012 with over half of all attendeescoming for free or at steeply discounted admission.Economic conditions have placed an increased burden onteachers, community groups and economically disadvantagedfamilies. Faced with budget cuts, area schools are cutting backon their arts and culture programming and have limited accessto funds for travel and off-site experiential programming.Despite broad-based interest from principals and teachers—andclear benefits to students—program fees remain a barrier to participation.anks to strong community and long-term Membersupport, your museum is privileged to continue its policy oflow-cost or no-cost access to programs.Two years ago, a new Apprenticeship program was introducedfor youth. is year-long mentoring program serves high schoolstudents with formal curriculum and group projects, whileGED/ post-high school apprentices participate in a one-on-onementoring program within specific departments of the museum.Apprentices gain professional work experience, earn a competitivewage, and develop skill-sets to help them succeed in highereducation and in the workplace. Last year all graduatingstudents went on to higher-level education and we expect thesame of this year’s class.e 109-year-old history of the museum reveals an intimaterelationship with the community. Motivated by civic pride,our mission to educate and interest all the public in the historicinteraction of humans with whales worldwide, in the historyof Old Dartmouth and adjacent communities, and in regionalmaritime activities remains strong and vibrant. ank you foryour continued interest in preserving this worthy mission.John N. Garfield, Jr.ChairmanJames RussellPresident & CEOApprentice ProgramAn education program that pays promising students to grow and learnis program is funded by the Jesse Ball duPont Fund, the Island Foundation, the Howard Bayne Fund,the Pappas Foundation, City of New Bedford Community Development Block Grants, the Women’s Fundof the Community Foundation of SEMA, the United Way of Greater New Bedford, and the BristolCounty Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.In October, we welcomed a new class of students into our Apprenticeship program. is rewarding initiative continues to evolve and truly isa once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for its participants. Unique in that it couples a learning experience with receipt of a stipend and promises asustained commitment by student and Museum for at least a year. Utilizing Museum resources to teach students history and science whilelearning organizing, problem-solving and team-building skills, we strongly encourage each apprentice to continue their studies post-highschool. Indeed all graduating students last year went on to higher education.]Vanessa Alves, Senior - NBHSenjoys art and music and has apassion for competing and marchingon the field. For college she isleaning towards double majoringin psychology and criminal justice.She hopes to become a police officer,then a homicide detective. “is programcaught my interest because I’d like to learn moreabout New Bedford’s history now that I live here.In these first few weeks I have already learned agreat deal about its important role in Americanhistory.”]Erica Andrade, Junior - NBHSis interested in being a psychologist;she loves to help people andsolve problems. Erica moved toNew Bedford from Cape Verdefour years ago. “I wanted to be partof this program because I want tolearn more about whaling history. I’m learningmore than I thought I would and look forward tosharing this knowledge with others.”]John Antunes, Senior - NBHSis a returning apprentice. His interestsinclude engineering andcriminal investigation. “is is mysecond year learning about my culture,Cape Verde, and about NewBedford culture. I enjoy being hereat the Museum because of the work experience andthe other teens who work here.”]Melanie DeJesus, Senior - NBHSis a returning apprentice whose careergoal is to study criminal justiceand work in the homicide unit. “Ihighly recommend this program toother teens so they can learn moreabout New Bedford and its history.I wanted to return so I could learn more communicationskills and continue to expand my professionalskills.”]Sharmaine Flint, Junior - GNBVTplans to study accounting at Johnsonand Wales College and own herown business. She first visited theNBWM in fourth grade after shemoved here from New York. “I enteredthis program hoping to learnhistory about the place where I live, because it is arare experience that not many people receive. Historyis my favorite school subject. is programwill improve my communication skills.”]Gustin Froias, Junior - GNBVTis in Voc’s Engineering shop, whichis his desired college and careerpath. His strongest subjects aremath and science. “Engineeringallows me to use these two subjectsto be creative while designing. Asa New Bedford native, I wanted to become anapprentice to further my knowledge of the city’shistory and how the whaling industry has shapedmy life. I think being a part of this apprenticeshipis a privilege.”]Amber Martin, Junior - NBHSenjoys basketball and marine biology.Her goal is to attend WheelockCollege to study early childhoodeducation and become a preschoolteacher. “I am interested in thisprogram because most people don’tlearn about our history in depth. is program willimprove my work skills and learning abilities.Being chosen over a large number of other studentsfor this program feels good.”]RRaven Medeiros-Neves, Senior - NBHSwants to become either a nuclearmedicine technician or a radiationtherapist. “I wanted to be a part ofthe program because I want to befamiliar with my city’s history,especially the whaling industry.My grandfathers were part of the whaling industryway back when. is program was recommendedto me by two of the returning apprentices.”]Alfredo Parrilla, Junior - NBHShas been living in the U.S. for 5years and in New Bedford for 4. Heplans on going to UMass Dartmouth,to study criminal justice.Alfredo wants to become a policeofficer for local schools. He is also aself-taught guitar player. “I visited the Museum inthe 8th grade on a field trip and was really amazedbecause I was still new to the city. is programwill give me necessary work experience.”]Peightyn Riley, Senior - NBHSwill be entering the food industry.Although her career decision isn’tset in stone yet, she is continuingto learn more about becoming ahealth inspector. “I think that foodprep and food service safety arevery important. is is my second year of the apprenticeshipprogram. I came back for year two tobe a leader to the new apprentices and to gainmore professional skills.”]Mark O’Neal Ste. Rose, Senior - NBHSis a returning apprentice with apassion for history. Next year hewill go to college to major in criminaljustice. His goal is to become acriminal lawyer. “It is a privilege tobe back in this apprenticeshipwith the new apprentices. I’m looking forward toworking directly with Museum employees andgaining more experience. I hope to give back tothe apprentice program someday to show myappreciation for what this program taught me.”]Carlos Velazquez, Senior - GNBVTis in his second year in the apprenticeshipprogram. After the end ofthe program, he will enlist in themilitary, and later attend college tomajor in video game development.Carlos is also an avid musician.“e apprenticeship program is a fun and educationaltime that has expanded my professionalskills.”


“Re-Bourne”T H E L A G O D Ais spring the Museum opens exhibitions in the historicBourne Building to complete a process which began with thebuilding’s multi-million dollar restoration finished in fall2010. e new exhibits address two basic themes: the culturesaround the world with which whalers interacted and the diverseactivities that occurred on board a typical whaling vessel.In A Voyage Around the World: Cultures Abroad, Cultures atHome visitors will continue the path of a typical whalingjourney which begins with the successful Azorean WhalemanGallery and the Cape Verdean Maritime Exhibit. is newexhibit integrates these exhibitions into a journey that takesviewers around the treacherous waters of Cape Horn into thelush Pacific and onto the frigid Arctic. While exploring theimpact whaling voyages and their heavily Portuguese crew hadon a variety of cultures and locales, the exhibition will displayremarkable treasures from our collection brought back fromthe many diverse cultures the crew encountered includingBrazil, Hawaii, Alaska, and the many Pacific Islands.“Go a whaling I must, and I would”: Life Aboard a New BedfordWhaling Vessel will allow guests to sign on board a whalingadventure of their own in order to provide a more personalconnection with the whaling story. So you want a job onboard? Here’s what you’re in for if you sign up! e exhibit willdescribe the duties and tasks of whalemen utilizing a variety ofartifacts, documents, media and hands-on activities to answerour visitors’ most common questions.Join us for a very special evente Lagoda “Re-Bourne”Unveiling of New Exhibits in the Bourne Building“Go a whaling I must, and I would”:Life Aboard a New Bedford Whaling VesselA Voyage Around the World: Cultures Abroad, Cultures at HomeSaturday, March 31 | 2:00 p.m.RSVP (508) 997-0046 ext. 100Event sponsored by:1) Logbook of Ship Corinthian, July 17 & 23, August 23, 1849. (KWM60_1)2) Arthur Chace Watson, Lagoda, watercolor on paper, ca.1919-37. (2001.100.9447)3) Clifford W. Ashley, “Hoisting boat into place aboard the Sunbeam,” 1904. (1974.3.1.148)4) William H. Tripp, “Fresh Meat,” 1925. (2000.101.2.68)5) Carson’s Wharf with Bark Lagoda and other vessels, Martin Collection. (M-295)2The whale had now gone down andthe boat lay in bloody water, alllooking out and waiting for thewhale to rise. He come up. The boathappened to be in his way and hestove her abaft the bow thwart.1What do they look like?Mate – Sperm whales,sir! There she blows.There she ripples.Regular old sogs…4The mate from the maintopmast head sangout “She blows closeaboard, sir.”“Go a WhalingI must, and I would ”Life Aboard a New Bedford Whaling VesselBy Gregory J. Galer, Ph.D. Vice President, Collections and ExhibitionsSo, you think you want a job whaling, do you? An exhibit to open March 31 will present whaling from the perspective of anew recruit. From your first encounter with whaling agent Jonathan Bourne (1811-1889) to your voyage’s end and yourpayout at the conclusion of the exhibit (and an imagined two-year voyage between) you’ll encounter the men, materials, andactivities aboard a typical whaling vessel like our iconic half-scale Lagoda.Drawing from the Museum’s immense and unique collections ofartifacts and documents, the exhibition will weave together storiesof real people to comprehensively explain what went on aboard theseoft-romanticized floating factories. Outfitting the vessel to preparefor a voyage, charting a course and navigating to the whale grounds,the hunt itself, the trying out of oil, and many whaling andnon-whaling activities aboard will all be explored.You will begin by meeting Jonathan Bourne in his Counting Houseoffice, his desk rife with correspondence and account books. Bourne’srecreated voice will greet you and sign you aboard Lagoda, hisfavorite vessel of his whaling fleet. Material from real Bourne letterswill be knitted together into a fascinating audible narrative about therole of the agent and the complexity of managing an internationalbusiness in the mid-19th century and a crew that traveled the globe.After adopting a persona (a cabin boy, boatsteerer, first mate, Captain,or Captain’s wife) you will depart Bourne’s office directed byBourne’s charge, “Eternal vigilance is the price of success.”Using Lagoda as a landmark for the location of various operationson board, the exhibition will answer the most common questionsvisitors pose when they enter this impressive temple of whaling:What is this ship? How did it work? If I signed on what would Ihave done during those years at sea?Visitors will meet the cooper, blacksmith, cook and the forecastlehands – experienced crew and greenhands. From the first mate tothe steward, the carpenter to the boatsteerer, each job will be illustratedby particular historical individuals and for many tasks ahands-on component will provide the chance to feel what it waslike. Haul a line; try to spot a whale; identify its species from itsspout and notify the crew; try to balance on a yard as sailors did1st floor bourne buildingSponsored in part by the Kenneth T. & Mildred S. Gammons Charitable Foundation,Tauck’s World of Giving, the Boston Marine Society and Nye Lubricants, Inc.high aloft. Meanwhile hear the ringing-voices and sounds of lifeaboard. “ar’ she blows! Call all hands!” … “Lower away”! …“Take your paddles, men.”While whaling had periods of excitement around which itsmystique has formed, much of the time was spent in other roles.Processing the blubber of a single whale took one to three daysand our collection is rich with the artifacts of this laboriousprocess. Cutting spades, blubber hooks, boarding and mincingknives, pikes, trypots, bailers, strainers, and casks will illustratethe different jobs assigned onboard once a whale was caught.How did a crew away from home for years at a time keep themselvesphysically and mentally healthy and their vessel seaworthy? What didmen bring aboard? How did they spend their leisure time? What happenedif someone became ill or was injured, as invariably happened?How were crime and misbehavior managed? e role of the Captain,as the doctor and disciplinarian, was central to an effective crew.What would you do if you had crewmen who failed to follow orders?Finally, once the hold contained enough full casks of oil thecaptain would declare that the vessel had “made a voyage,” andit was time to return to home port. Once there the cargo wasoff-loaded, tested and graded, and sold. After years away how muchwould you be paid? How about Jonathan Bourne whom you met atthe outset? You might be surprised what your final take will be.So you want to “Go a whalin’” do you? Learn what it was reallyall about.J. Ross Browne, Etchings ofa Whaling Cruise, 1846,p. 114. (SH382.B88)exhibit opening saturday, march 31, 20122 winter/spring bulletin 201235For up-to-date calendar listings visit www.whalingmuseum.org 3


George W.R. Bailey, Log ofShip Caroline, September 1843.(KWM 596)AlaskaJohn Bertonccini, “WinterQuarters at Herschel Island,”ca. 1894. (1971.15)Paddle men, one foot moreand he is ours. What are youlooking over your shouldersfor? I will look out forthe whale.2nd floor bourne buildingBelow: Benjamin Russell and CalebPurrington. “Grand Panorama of aWhaling Voyage Round the World,” 1848.Detail of New Bedford. (1918.27)Isaiah Tabor, Whalebone processing atthe Pacific Steam Whaling Company,San Francisco, ca. 1883-1897.(2000.100.16)HawaiiSan FranciscoSignal from the ship, sir.Whales are up. There sheblows, sir. One point onthe starboard bow.New BedfordNow haul line, men. Bowman, stand by to haul line. Haul I tell you,haul. Pull I tell you. There he fights. Sixty bbl fellow. Haul I tell you.One good chance and I’ll settle his hash for him. (Darts his lance).Stern all, stern all I tell you, stern if you wish to see Nantucket.A VoyageCornelius B. Hulsart, 1838 “A Shoal of Sperm Whale Off the Island of Hawaii.” (1962.5.2)Around the WorldCultures Abroad, Cultures at HomeGrab your passport and experience the diversity of cultures encountered by Yankee whalers and their crew as they traveled theworld. New England whaling voyages connected world cultures through commerce and helped establish American hegemony infar-flung ports worldwide. rough both commercial activity and crewmen enlisted and disembarked at various ports thesevoyages transported a variety of cultural elements and traditions around the globe and set in place the initial link of chainmigration that followed in subsequent generations.Capt. – Keep her off threepoints there. Square in themain yard and mizzentopsail… bear a hand men,if you love money.Crew – Aye, aye, sir.4 winter/spring bulletin 2012CABCape HornRio de JaneiroA, B, C: Benjamin Russell andCaleb Purrington. “GrandPanorama of a Whaling VoyageRound the World,” 1848.(A) Kealakakua Bay on BigIsland of Hawaii, (B) Rio deJaneiro, (C) Cape Horn,Brazil. (1918.27)Most voyages first reached the Atlantic islands of the Azores and CapeVerde, where captains fully outfitted with supplies and crew for thelong voyage ahead. is strategy made the Portuguese influence ofthese voyages and their cultural dissemination quite strong. Whalingliterally took these men around the world, across oceans, even to thepolar extremes of the globe. e cultural exchanges and connectionsmade through these voyages of commerce left evidence still visibletoday not only in the large Portuguese and Cape Verdean communitiesin New Bedford but in communities on the opposite side of thecountry where whaling was once an important industry. e fact thatCalifornia and Hawaii have significant populations of Portuguese isrooted in whaling, and the exhibit explores the Portuguese communitiesthat remain an important legacy of the Luso-American whalingexperience.A Voyage Around the World will demonstrate the remarkable geographicalbreadth of a real whaling journey. On this imaginary voyage youbegin with the Atlantic Islands of the Azores and Cape Verde, andimmediately begin to encounter the many cultures met by whalemen.en onto Brazil where the Portuguese influence is apparent andwhaling was fruitful along the coast. Next, is the treacherous journeyaround South America’s Cape Horn where fierce winds, huge waves,and strong currents are the norm, but where the warm Pacific awaits.Called out quotes on pages 2-5: Journal of the Ship Columbia of Nantucket, George F. Joy,master, George A. Gould, keeper, 1841-1845, pp. 135-7. (KWM 213)Each locale will be vividly illustrated by large-scale reproductions ofBenjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington’s 1849 Grand Panorama of aWhaling Voyage Round the World. (See article on page 16 about thePanorama’s restoration.) Our collection is overflowing with materialswhalemen brought back from the many Pacific Islands including thelush Galapagos, Marquesas, and beyond to Fiji, and Samoa. Bycombining the Panorama images with art, artifacts and ethnographicobjects representative of the cultures as well as 19th century and early20th century illustrations, sea charts, prints, logbooks, journals andaccount books the exhibit will create a powerful and evocative interpretationof the Portuguese experience in the Yankee whale fisheryas it encountered these diverse communities.e exhibit will provide a wide sampling of these diverse cultures, butthe focus will be on Brazil, California, Hawaii, and Alaska where theinfluence of Portuguese crew and their legacy will become clear.rough this exhibition visitors will experience the fact that althoughour Lagoda is stationary in New Bedford, the real Lagoda and vesselslike her made remarkable, almost unbelievable voyages spanning theentire globe.exhibit opening saturday, march 31, 2012For up-to-date calendar listings visit www.whalingmuseum.org 5


Seven Continents,Seven Seasis year marks the tenth anniversary of the gift of the entire holdings of the former Kendall Whaling Museum to thepermanent collection of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. is provides a fitting occasion for showing highlights, reflectingthe broad international and chronological compass of our combined collections. Accordingly, “Seven Continents, Seven Seas”will open in the Wattles Family Gallery on February 9.e core collection of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society concentratedon the whaling and manufacturing history, seafaring prowess,and ethnically diverse community of the New Bedford Port District.e Kendall Collection brought unprecedented compass to theinternational and multicultural dimensions of the Museum’s mission,enlarging the context of New Bedford’s role as the hub of a great andfar-reaching network of seaborne enterprise, and as one of the mostcosmopolitan and multinational municipalities anywhere. An array ofDutch Old Master whaling paintings will be represented, along withmajor British marine paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries, a fewby Continental European and American painters (some by artists fromBy Stuart Frank, Ph.D. Senior CuratorNew Bedford), visions of Africa, Australia, and Antarctica, and one ortwo of our 30+ Japanese scrolls. In fact, all seven continents and allseven seas will be represented in paintings and watercolors, seasonedwith a handful of ship models and sculptural works, selected for theirartistic merit and diversity.Above: e Whale Beached between Scheveningen and Katwijk, with Elegant Sightseers.Oil on canvas by Esaias van den Velde, Dutch, circa 1617. (2001.100.4763)Bottom Left: Grytviken Land Station, South Georgia. George R. Cummings, Scottish, 1996.(2001.100.4296)Below Right: Ships in Convoy. Oil on canvas by Abraham Matthuys, Flemish, circa 1620.(2001.100.4486)Exhibit OpeningSeven Continents, Seven Seasursday, February 9, 2012 | 7:00 p.m.Lecture | 7:30 p.m.Platinum SponsorBabbitt Steam Specialty Co.Nye LubricantsGold SponsorAcorn ManagementBank of AmericaBristol County Savings CharitableFoundationDEG AssociatesG. Bourne KnowlesWelch & ForbesReynolds DeWaltRussell Morin Fine CateringCommodore’s BerthBayCoast BankImtra CorporationLarsonAllenNortheast AuctionsSovereign - Santander BankU.S. Trust - Bank of America PrivateWealth ManagementCaptain’s BerthAcushnet CompanyBank FiveC. E. BeckmanChase CanopyMarket Basket Demoulas FoundationEastern FisheriesFiber Optic CenterHampton Inn NewBedford/FairhavenI.N.O. Electrical ServiceLafrance Hospitality GroupNew Bedford Medical AssociatesSkinner Auctioneers and AppraisersSTD MedSylvia Group of Insurance Agenciese Herb Chambers CompaniesWhaling City SoundCorporate PatronAmerican Research & ManagementArthur Moniz GalleryClean Uniforms and MoreEye Health Vision CentersHawthorn Medical AssociatesJoseph Abboud ManufacturingCorporationLockheed Martin SippicanLuzo Auto CenterPartridge Snow & HahnRoger King Fine ArtsSATA AirlinesTatlock GalleryValet ConnectionWhalemen’s Shipping ListWilliam Vareika Fine ArtsCorporate FriendAllan Smith CPABeverly Yacht ClubCORPORATESPONSORS & MEMBERSe Whaling Museum is proud to count over 130 leading companieson the South Coast as sponsors and members. A special thank you tothe Museum’s 2011 members and sponsors!Cornell Dubilier ElectronicsCV LiquorsDescendants of Whaling MastersFrank Corp. Environmental ServicesFreestone’s City GrillGreater New Bedford VocationalTechnical High SchoolHowland & CompanyLightworks ProductionsM. Cabarrus DesignsNew Bedford Yacht ClubPerfect PourPoyant SignsPurchase Street VenturesRegal House FurnitureRiccardi’s CateringRockland TrustSouthcoast Hospitals GroupTiffany Peay JewelryWhaling City SFD Display AuctionCorporate SupporterAcme LiquorsA.E. ClubABC Disposal ServiceAHC GroupAll SecurityAthearn Marine AgencyBest of the BeachBlack RockBrewer Banner DesignsBurke & LambBurr Brothers BoatsC.J.J. Inc., DBA McDonald’sCape Air/Nantucket AirlinesCarabiner’s Indoor ClimbingCarters of New BedfordCastelo Real EstateCatwalk Bar & GrillChilton ClubChristie’sCLE EngineeringCody & TobinConcordia CompanyConverse Company RealtorsCuttyhunk Ferry CompanyD.E.L.S.Debross Hathaway MarvelDiversified Marketing GroupDowney and DowneyDupre RealtyDuxbury Cruising ClubDyer Capital ManagementEdie & Marie Boat SettlementsFairhaven LumberFernandes & CharestFirst Citizens’ Federal Credit UnionFisher & RochaFloraFolan and McGloneFoliaG. Gould & SonsGaspar’s Sausage CoGlaser GlassHall CommunicationsHarbor Blue SeafoodHibernia Irish PubHiller PrintingIsaksen FishingJanet Egan DesignJoyce D. Lopes RealtyKitchen & Bath DetailsLang, Xifaras & BullardLaw Office of Kalife and daFonsecaLusoMedia CorporationMare Studios and GalleryMarion Antique ShopMarshall MarineMatouk Textile WorksMattapoisett BoatyardMaximum Weather InstrumentsMcGowan MarineMilhench SupplyM-V Electrical ContractorsMy Small Boats.comN. C. HudonNew Bedford Ship SupplyNew Bedford readNSTARPasta HousePaul & Dixon InsurancePepper’s Fine CateringPfizerPryba, Tobin & Company.R. A. MitchellR. P. Valois & CompanyRegency Tower PrimaryCondominiumRex Monumental WorksRichard’s Antiques & ArtRigging SolutionsRobert B. Feingold & AssociatesRogers Paint & WallcoveringRyanick ContractingSalt Marsh PotterySaltonstall ArchitectsSaltworks StudioSaunders-Dwyer Home for FuneralsSea Fuels MarineSeastreak Martha’s VineyardSid Wainer & Son Specialty ProduceSolomon + Bauer ArchitectsSouth Coast Design andConstructionSoutheastern Insurance AgencySouthern Mass Credit UnionSouza & Branco ElectricSt. Anne Credit UnionStove Boat LLCSusan M Camacho DMDe Fence Specialiste Nery Corporationomas P. Crotty & Associatesompson FarlandTravessia WineryUnited Lens CompanyWanderer Imports at Gallery 4Westport Rivers Winery andBuzzards Bay Brewing*As of 1.6.126 winter/spring bulletin 2012For up-to-date calendar listings visit www.whalingmuseum.org 7


Mantle ornament of wood andsperm whale ivory, featuringsymbolic figures of Libertyand Justice faithfully copiedfrom Gleason’s PictorialMagazine in the 1850s.Sample of the approximately350 scrimshaw canes andwalking sticks in theMuseum collection.e “Moses Denning” Tooth features a splendid sperm-whalingscene surmounted by a lighter-than-air balloon.Sample of the many sailor-made scrimshaw seam-rubbersin the Museum collection.e Be-All and End-All ofSCRIMSHAWAn Exhibition and a Comprehensive CatalogueA major highlight to be installed in the Museum this spring is asumptuous “permanent” exhibition of the best, most representative,and most compelling curiosities of our vast scrimshaw holdings —a generous selection drawn from the world’s largest and greatestcollection. e exhibition is the partial result of 25+ years ofcataloguing and research. It is scheduled to open in mid Mayin conjunction with the launch of the first-ever catalogue of thecollection, entitled Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved:Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum, beautifullyphotographed by volunteer Richard Donnelly, with a ForewordBy Stuart Frank, Ph.D. Senior CuratorLead sponsors of the scrimshaw exhibit and catalogue include the William M. Wood Foundation, the KennethT. & Mildred S. Gammons Charitable Foundation, Max N. Berry, Ernest M. Helides and Georgia P. Gosnell.by Norman Flayderman, designed by Sara Eisenman, and opulentlypublished by David R. Godine of Boston.e catalogue provides deep background, a comprehensive historyand overview of the scrimshaw genre, and a treasure-trove of 700+full-color illustrations, to take its place alongside Flayderman’sclassic Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders as an indispensable referenceguide to the unique and curiously compelling art of the whalers.e exhibition presents the scrimshaw itself in all its unique andoccupationally rooted glory. Many of the pieces will be exhibitedBelow Left:Two whale ivory pie crimpers (“jagging wheels”) in the form of a hippocanthus — “Neptune’s Steed” — a mythological sea-creature with the head, torso, and legs of a horse, a mermaid-like fish-tail,and a unicorn horn, here used as a fork to ventilate pies. Below Right: Sperm whaling scene on a sperm whale panbone plaque engraved by British whaleship surgeon William L. Roderick, circa the 1840s.for the first time; many others have not been on public display fordecades. e exhibition will also show some of the pictorial sourcesof the whalers’ work; it will trace such topical themes as symbolicpatriotic figures, American naval prowess, portraiture, fashionplates, ethnic diversity, the Napoleonic mystique, and the whalehunt itself; it will feature works by English, Scottish, Azorean,Cape Verdean, African-American, Continental European, Eskimo,Pacific Islander, and Japanese practitioners; and it will illustratesome of the tools and mainstream methods of engraving ivory andbone, and constructing “built” scrimshaw at sea.Scrimshandering, as the whalemen called it — making scrimshaw— was an indigenous and exclusive shipboard art of the deepwatertrades, practiced mostly by whalers but also occasionally by navytars and merchant seamen. e whalemen’s practice of engravingpictures on whale ivory, walrus ivory, baleen, and skeletal boneoriginated in the late Colonial era, almost precisely coevally withthe beginnings of whaling out of New Bedford; it matured in the1820s and ’30s, as New Bedford itself ascended to dominate whalingworldwide; it continued well into the 20th century, right upto the collapse of conventional hand-whaling on sailing ships androwboats; and, reborn among the “modern” whalers on mechanizedfloating-factory whaleships and shore stations, it persisted throughoutmost of the 20th century. A significant majority of the piecesto be exhibited — pictorial sperm whale teeth, walrus tusks, swifts,canes, corset busks, watch hutches, birdcages, pie crimpers, andvarious tools and domestic implements for the sewing room andthe kitchen — had their genesis aboard whaleships from the NewBedford Port District. But, uniquely, the exhibition also includesscrimshaw precursors — extraordinarily rare ornamented implementsof skeletal bone from the Viking Era of medieval Norway,and baleen objects from the Arctic whale fishery of the 17th-centuryDutch Golden Age — as well as noteworthy productions by foreignand immigrant practitioners from every quarter of “the terraqueousglobe” (to borrow Melville’s words), and the world’s only significantcollections of British scrimshaw and scrimshaw from the modern,20th-century factory-ship era.us, in addition to its substantial curiosity value and intrinsicaesthetic appeal, scrimshaw provides a uniquely revealing windowon the shipboard diversions, priorities, and concerns of mainstreammariners on Yankee whaleships in the Age of Sail, encompassing themany polyglot peoples worldwide with whom the whalemen-adventurerscame into contact during New Bedford’s palmy seafaringepoch, and reflecting the industrial might and sentimental nostalgiaof the generations that followed, during the decline of hand-whalingand the rise and florescence of its modern, mechanized successor.e size, breadth, and diversity of our extraordinary collectionrender it uniquely suited to take on such a very broad scope ofexhibiting and accounting for what has been called an indigenousAmerican folk art, and what was certainly an enthusiastic and nearlyuniversal pastime among our whaling forebears in sailing-ship days.Exhibit OpeningScrimshaw: Shipboard Art of the WhalersSunday, May 13, 2012 | 2:00 p.m.Modern factory-ship whalemen’sscrimshaw was sometimes ofadmirable quality. is penguin,factory-ship, and iceberg ensembleof sperm whale ivory is attributedto the Ukranian artistVictor Zhuravlev (1938-) whenhe was in a Soviet whaling crewin the Antarctic in 1961.A pie crimper and oval ditty-boxmade out of sperm whale panboneand elaborately engraved in fullcolor as a matching set; attributedto whaling captain Andrew Jenney.8 winter/spring bulletin 2012For up-to-date calendar listings visit www.whalingmuseum.org 9


1 2 3 4 5A Retrospective23rd AnnualSCRIMSHAW WeekendSponsored by Northeast Auctions of Portsmouth, N.H. and the Maine Antique Digest.Since 1989, scrimshaw and folk-art collectors,curators, antiques dealers, whaling historyenthusiasts, and interested members of thepublic have gathered each spring to shareinsights, collecting adventures, historicalperspectives, antiques market analysis, and camaraderieat our annual Scrimshaw Weekend— the only regular forum and marketplacedevoted to the whalers’ indigenous occupationalfolk-art, and the place where most ofthe important discoveries about scrimshaw areaired. e 2012 edition is scheduled for May11–13, with lectures, discussions, dealer exhibitions,swap meet, collectors’ show-andtell,and gala banquet. (e ScrimshawWeekend follows the week-long antiquesfair at Brimfield, Massachusetts, enablingparticipants from afar to participate in bothseminal events.)At press time the program was still in itsformative stages, but presentations on newlydiscovered scrimshaw artists, revelations aboutsuch well-known masters as N.S. Finney,Edward Burdett, and the Albatross andPagoda Artisans are already scheduled, andrecent publications and forthcoming auctionopportunities will be highlighted and exhibited.Notices will be posted on the Museumwebsite and will be emailed to Museummembers as program details unfold.1: e endearing Northwest Coast sea otter is the model for the carved-and-engraved decorations on this Eskimo-made souvenir walrusivory smoking pipe. Nome School, Alaska, circa 1900-1925 (detail). 2: Fashion plates from Harper’s Monthly, Godey’s Lady’s Book,and other magazines provided the whalemen an inexhaustible supply of prototypes for intricate female portraiture. 3: A selection ofknitting-and-sewing baskets made on shipboard out of sperm whale bone. 4: Dolphin jawbone anonymously engraved witha standing female portrait. 5: “Courting in the Garden.” Sperm whale tooth engraved by the anonymous so-calledBanknote Engraver, circa the 1830s.May 2012Scrimshaw Tour to England and ScotlandAlso uniquely this year, Senior Curator Stuart Frank will host a Scrimshaw Tour ofEngland and Scotland: 14 days in May, following the Scrimshaw Weekend. Highlightsat press time include whaling and scrimshaw collections in Hull, Whitby, Dundee,Aberdeen, the Scott Polar Research Institute (Cambridge), the extraordinary Pitt-RiversMuseum and Natural History Museum (home of the dodo) in Oxford, the worldfamousNational Maritime Museum (Greenwich), the brilliant Curiosity Cabinet atthe British Museum, and such sidelights as Holy Island, the heritage of Dracula andCaptain James Cook in Whitby, the Grace Darling Museum at Bamborough, and AlnwickCastle, including free time to enjoy Britain’s many other fabulous historical andcultural diversions. Details are available from Dr. Frank: sfrank@whalingmuseum.org.Schedule of EventsFriday, May 113rd Annual Scrimshaw Antiques Showand Swap MeetNoon – 5:00 p.m.We kick off the annual Scrimshaw Weekendwith an exciting event that’s open to thepublic: a scrimshaw and marine antiquesshow, swap meet, and sale to be held in theJacobs Family Gallery.Friday – Sunday, May 11 – 1323rd Annual Scrimshaw Weekende annual Scrimshaw Weekend is theworld’s only regular forum in which collectors,curators, antiques dealers, history buffs,and folk art enthusiasts from all over thecountry gather to share insights about thewhalers’ distinctive and evocative occupationalart form.Sunday, May 13, 2012 | 2:00 p.m.Scrimshaw: Shipboard Art of the WhalersExhibit OpeningSee page 8-9 for more detailsFee for Scrimshaw Weekend:Prior to May 1st:Members: $295 | Non-members: $335After May 1st:Members: $330 | Non-members: $370Includes admission to the Museum and the Scrimshawand Marine Antiques Show, scheduled meals, and allplenary sessions.Saturday banquet only, $75.To receive the full schedule of events or to register,click on SCRIMSHAW WEEKEND atwww.whalingmuseum.org, or contactVisitor Services at (508) 997-0046 x100or frontdesk@whalingmuseum.org.Full scholarships are available for students.Contact Stuart Frank, Senior Curator atsfrank@whalingmuseum.org.John Stobart came to America with four paintingscarefully wrapped in brown paper and tied with string,under his arm, and he has never looked back.Over the past half-century he built upon his interest in themaritime world and painting en plein air to build a body ofwork that many within the world of contemporary maritimearts find central to the genre.His realistic style, capturing historic scenes of ports around theworld, succeeds in large part through extensive research intothe historic locations and vessels. Stobart’s inspired work hasreached broad audiences through exhibitions at maritime museums,several galleries, a large catalog of limited edition prints,and a series of paintings he created on a PBS television series.e Museum will exhibit a broad cross-section of Stobart’swork covering his long career. Paintings, prints, and sketcheswill form a comprehensive retrospective of Stobart’s voluminousproduction during his career.John Stobart studied in England at the Derby College of Artand the prestigious Royal Academy Schools in London.Exhibit Opening June 2012Above: John Stobart, Black Eagle Cutting in at Chesterfield Inlet, 2011.Right: John Stobart, Milwaukee A View of the Inner Harbor at Sunset in 1880, 1988.10 winter/spring bulletin 2012For up-to-date calendar listings visit www.whalingmuseum.org 11


upcoming eventsWinter and Spring School Vacation WeeksFebruaryPresidents’ Day Birthday CelebrationMonday, February 2010:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Jacobs Family GalleryPresidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln willvisit the Museum to interact with our young visitors. Discoverhow New Bedford shaped America’s history, createsailor’s valentines, participate in a scavenger hunt, andmore. Children will have the opportunity to dress as theirfavorite president and have their photograph taken besidethe famous Resolute desk, created from the same ship’stimbers as the one used by the President in the OvalOffice. e program will conclude with a happy birthdaysing-along and birthday cake! Children must beaccompanied by an adult. e President’s Day BirthdayCelebration is FREE. For admission to the Museumgalleries, regular admission rates apply.Arthur Bennett as Abraham Lincoln.School programs sponsored in part by the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundationand the Schrafft Charitable Trust.Museums are a great gathering place for families to learn together while having fun. Our staff and our artifacts can bring history and science tolife and connect you to the important role New Bedford played in American history and plays in whale conservation. We invite you to begin theschool vacation weeks at the Whaling Museum as we celebrate important people and big whales.Special Screening: Profiles in Courage:Frederick Douglass in New BedfordMonday, Feb. 20th – Friday, Feb. 24th2:00 p.m. | Cook TheaterJoin us in commemorating Black History Month withan encore presentation of the film “Profiles in Courage:Frederick Douglass” and learn about the years thatDouglass lived in the Whaling City and began his careeras an orator and abolitionist. Suitable for all ages.Admission is FREE. For admission to the Museumgalleries, regular admission rates apply.Highlights Tours: Go Below Deckon the LagodaTuesday, Feb. 21 – Friday, Feb. 2410:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.Join a docent for a 45-minute tour that focuses on thehighlights of the Museum’s collection. e tour will leavefrom the front desk. e first ten participants to sign upfor each tour will have the opportunity to go below deckson the Lagoda. Regular admission rates apply.Moby-Dick Highlights TourTuesday, February 2111:00 a.m.Docents bring the characters and action from HermanMelville’s great American novel to life through a tour ofthe Museum’s collection. e tour will leave from thefront desk. Regular admission rates apply.Make Your Own ScrimshawWednesday, February 2210:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Jacobs Family GalleryLearn the history and technique of scrimshaw as youcreate your own pieces to bring home. is program isFREE for children. For admission to the Museumgalleries, regular admission rates apply.Sailor’s ValentineThursday, February 2310:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Jacobs Family GalleryLearn how to make sailor’s valentines, traditional giftswhalemen gave to their wives and loved ones uponreturning from a long voyage at sea. Take your valentinehome as a keepsake. is program is FREE for children.For admission to the Museum galleries, regular admissionrates apply.All Aboard the LagodaFriday, February 2410:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.Dress as your favorite character and climb aboard theLagoda! Learn the ropes, interact with different cultures,and scour the seas in search of whales as you experience aglobal whaling voyage through role-play on the world’slargest model whaleship. Regular admission rates apply.Valentine’s Day IISaturday, February 2510:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Jacobs Family GalleryWrap up school vacation week with a second Valentine’sDay celebration. At Valentine’s Day II you can learnwhere chocolate comes from, how it came to colonialNew England, and how cocoa was made in early America.Did New Bedford whalers drink chocolate at sea?Come participate in a FREE demonstration of colonialstylechocolate making. Free samples from AmericanHeritage Chocolate will be provided. Authors ChristopherKelly, Dr. Timothy Walker (UMASS Dartmouth), andRodney Snyder (Mars Inc.) will discuss the history ofchocolate, and the chapters they contributed to Chocolate:History, Culture and Heritage, Louis Grivetti andHoward Shapiro, editors (Wiley, 2009). Copies, signedby the authors, will be available at the Museum store.Celebrate Happy Valentine’s Day (again)!© Ryan CooperAprilRight Whale DayMonday, April 1610:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Jacobs Family Gallerye Whaling Museum is part of a large team of researchersand educators working to aid in the recovery of criticallyendangered North Atlantic right whales. Please join us forour third annual Right Whale Day as we celebrate thesewhales, and the 20th anniversary of the designation ofStellwagen Bank as a National Marine Sanctuary(SBNMS), the only such sanctuary in Massachusetts.SBNMS is host to these whales each Spring and Fallduring their migration.Walk inside a life-sized inflatable right whale and stand nextto a life-sized inflatable right whale calf. Challenge yourselfin the coastal obstacle course as you attempt to survive thedangers right whales face along the Atlantic coast. Participatein several craft activities, and sign the pledge to helpright whales by keeping your trash out of our oceans.Enjoy contests, right whale art and share in some cake andpunch. Activities are FREE. For admission to the Museumgalleries, regular admission rates apply.Participants create right whale-themed crafts under thewatchful eye of NOAA’s 22 foot inflatable right whale calf.Highlights Tours: Go Below Deckson the LagodaTuesday, April 17 – Friday, April 2010:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.Moby-Dick Highlights TourTuesday, April 1711:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Make Your Own ScrimshawWednesday, April 1810:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Jacobs Family GallerySailor’s ValentinesThursday, April 1910:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.All Aboard the LagodaFriday, April 209:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.1 2 34 5 6the lusophone communityThe Museum continues to build on its Lusophone initiatives ofthe past few years which have included several major exhibits,From Pursuit to Preservation (2009), installation of a permanentAzorean Whaleman Gallery (2010), installation of the Cape VerdeanMaritime Gallery (2011), restoration of the Lagoda (2010), andassociated adult and K-12 programs, videos and slide shows. Inaddition, the Museum has developed a small panel exhibit focusedon the Azorean whaling experience, which is presently travelingto non-traditional venues across the United States and abroad.Future plans will build on the Museum’s holdings, scholarship andrelationships to create a set of traveling and outreach materials whichinterpret humanistic themes in the context of a unique community.While the focus of the project is on the Azorean and Cape Verdeanexperience, culture and people, the themes of American assimilation,cultural and ethnic identity, and the pursuit of the American dreamare universal to the American people. As we continue our panoramicjourney in the Bourne Building, we will follow the Portuguesediaspora to Hawaii, Alaska and California.Specifically, our goals include:• Completion and implementation of a traveling exhibit, which willdraw from the existing panel exhibit but will also include a varietyof artifacts, multimedia and panels for visitors ages 13 to adult.e exhibit is expected to travel to eight venues over two years.• Presentation and refinement of programs to be held locally inNew Bedford and in multiple venues via appropriate technology.By James J. Lopes, Vice President, Education and ProgrammingPrograms will include scholarly symposia and lectures, hands-on interactivepresentations for students, and events for the general public.ese programs will be repackaged for the Museum’s website.• Development and enhancement of multimedia elements, includingvideo, slide shows, story-telling kiosks, handheld apps for linguistictranslation, cultural content such as music and oral histories, andaudio guides. Multimedia will be creatively implemented in avariety of contexts, making content accessible on site in NewBedford, at all exhibit venues, and on the Web.To spearhead these various activities, the Museum has created aLusophone Steering Committee. Chaired by Brian Rothschild, themembers of the Committee include Armand Fernandes, John C.Pinheiro, Jen Nersesian of the National Park, Eugene Monteiro,Patricia Andrade, Onesimo Almeida, Frank F Sousa andFernando Garcia. We look forward to the next stop on thejourney…Brazil.Above, photos from the Traveling Azorean Exhibit as it made its way around the Azores and back tothe U.S. 1) e exhibit’s first location in the Azores at Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum)at Lajes do Pico; 2) Azorean Regional Director of Cultural Jorge Bruno and Director of the Whaler’sMuseum Manuel Costa and other dignitaries, welcome Whaling Museum members and Trusteestravelling to the Azores during the exhibit opening; 3-5) At the Custom House Maritime Museum inNew London, CT the exhibit was expanded with artifacts from our collection and enjoyed by schoolgroups and people of Azorean descent; 6) e exhibit was featured at the Portuguese AmericanLeadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) Anniversary Gala, an event in Washington withattendees including Fernando G. Rosa, PALCUS Chairman, President of the Portuguese Republic,the Honorable Anibal Cavaco Silva, and the First Lady of Portugal, Dra. Maria Cavaco Silva.14 winter/spring bulletin 2012 For up-to-date calendar listings visit www.whalingmuseum.org 15


The Museumthanks Mystic Seaportfor safe keeping thepanorama over thepast few years.restoration of the world’s longest paintingThrough the generosity of the StockmanFamily Foundation and a grant fromthe National Endowment for the Humanitiesthe Museum is moving forward on a longawaitedproject, the restoration of the 1848“Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage‘Round the World.” One of the Museum’siconic artifacts, the 1,295-foot-long Purrington-RussellPanorama is believed to be thelongest painting in the world.Created when giant paintings unrolled infront of a paying audience were a commonform of popular entertainment, the Panoramadocuments details about whaling and themaritime world of the mid 19th century. Italso illustrates like no other document thepath of expanding American commercial influenceworldwide into remote and exoticports and landfalls.Created by Benjamin Russell and CalebPurrington in 1848, this Panorama has beendisplayed in a host of venues – from a nationaltour when it was created to the 1964New York World’s Fair. It was displayed formany years after its donation to the Museumin 1918. However, a century and a half ofrolling, unrolling, display, and light hasdeteriorated its near quarter-mile of paintedcotton sheeting. It has not been exhibitedin its entirety for more than 50 years.Benjamin Russell, American, New Bedford (1804-1885) andCaleb P. Purrington, Fairhaven. (1812-1876)Several preliminary studies of the Panoramawere completed over the years, ably led by formerConservator Robert Hauser. With NEHand Stockman funding now in place the Museumwill assemble an advisory team, hire aspecialized consulting curator, and develop aformal treatment protocol that will test anddefine each step of the restoration process.With these pieces in place restoration canbegin. e Museum continues to seek fundingfor restoration of the full Panorama, andthese grants take us a huge step in the rightdirection to again make this national treasureaccessible to scholars and visitors.Above: Scenes from Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington“Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World,”Scenes of New Bedford (above) and Pico and Faial in theAzores (below) as seen from the deck of an American whaler,1848. (1918.27)Note: e Charles W. Morgan to the right of the lower image.Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressedin this article do not necessarily represent those of the NationalEndowment for the Humanities.Ingenious Contrivances,Curiously CarvedScrimshaw in the New BedfordWhaling MuseumBy Dr. Stuart M. FrankReserved your advance copy today!Special editions are also available.Launch Date and Book Signing:Sunday, May 13, 2012Price:Ingenious Contrivances, CuriouslyCarved: Scrimshaw in the NewBedford Whaling Museum: $65Special slip cover limited edition:$250For more information or to reserveyour copy of Ingenious Contrivances,Curiously Carved: Scrimshaw in theNew Bedford Whaling Museum,contact the Museum Store at(508) 997-0046.Batt le of New OrleamsIn the spring of 1862, a combined Union naval and army operation captured the Confederacy’s most important port:New Orleans. A complacent Confederate military was no match for a flotilla commanded by David Farragut andinnovative mortar boats led by David D. Porter. The newly-recruited army - primarily from New England’s maritimecommunities - arrived in April 1862. A dramatic conflict ensued; Union forces bulled past the Confederate bastions andsteamed up to the New Orleans levees, achieving a pivotal victory in the war.”The Day the South Lost the War: The Fall of New Orleans“A Lecture by Historian A. Wilson Greene | Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.Presented in Association with the New Bedford Civil War RoundtableWill Greene, a historian and manager with the National Park Service, served as President and Executive Director ofthe Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (now the Civil War Trust). He is Executive Director of theNational Museum of the Civil War Soldier, Petersburg, VA, and has lectured for the Civil War Society, Blue and GrayEducation Society, Campaigning with Lee Seminar and numerous symposia and seminars.16 winter/spring bulletin 2012For up-to-date calendar listings visit www.whalingmuseum.org 17


Check out the library archives: www.whalingmuseum.org/explore/libraryPrints on Demand:Hidden Treasurese Museum has partnered with 1000 Museums to produce highquality archival prints for resale at very reasonable prices.Whaling Museum curators are now asked, before a new exhibitopens, to select a group of images to add to the collectioncurrently available through 1000 Museums.Our Museum Store has a stock of many of these images invarious sizes, and the ones that are not in stock can be locatedonline through the “shop” link on our website. Requests forreproductions not currently available can be made through theMuseum Store, or the Photography Archive.is collection will be updated continually. As new selectionsare added we will also add a recognizable icon to the object labelwithin the exhibit. is will make it easy for visitors to identifyand then purchase high quality reproductions.e most popular product type is the archival print. e coloris perfectly balanced, and image quality superb. ese digitalreproductions are printed on archival cotton rag paper usinghighest quality ink sets. ese archival prints make a great giftor a wonderful addition to your home or office.Also, 1000 Museums offers matting and framing in severaldifferent moulding profiles. All framed items are hand-craftedand delivered ready to hang.All prints are hand embossed with our logo and name. isfinishing touch makes this custom product unlike anythingcurrently available in the art marketplace.18 winter/spring bulletin 2012DThe Business of Whalingin the Digital Ageigitizing library records is generally desirable for improvedaccess to institutional holdings. Digitizing selected manuscriptcollections however, within a contextual, historical framework, allowsfor actual primary research within established data sets.For decades, Research Library volunteers have been indexing whalinglogbooks and journals. Likewise, professional archivists have writtenfinding aids for the manuscript collections. Since 2010, working incooperation with the Museum’s Department of Digital Initiatives,the library has benefitted from the specialized skills of its logbookreaders and transcribers, archivists and archival interns in undertakingto link voyage records and business records within a discretedigitized model. e model, loosely titled “e Business of Whaling,”is working to connect through links in the online finding aids ofthe papers of four New Bedford merchants, John Avery Parker(1769-1853), George Howland (1781-1852), William Rotch, Jr.(1759-1850), and Jonathan Bourne (1811-1889), the firsthand accountsof the voyages under their management. is combination ofresources has already enabled some unexpected stories to be told.On July 27, 1846, John Avery Parker wrote two letters, one to HewletP. Barnes, offering him the position of master of the ship CharlesFrederick and one to Jonathan M. Flint, offering him the position offirst mate. In his letter to Flint, Parker directed that the vessel was tocruise on the “offshore grounds” (a region of the Pacific Ocean westof the west coast of South America but south of the equator) as “Mr.Barnes is well acquainted there and the ships in which he has sailedhave never failed to make good voyages.”By Michael P. Dyer, Maritime Curatore library holds a journal of this voyage of the ship Charles Frederick(ODHS #271). Seaman Abiel Haskins of Fall River, Massachusettswrote the journal which is a daily accounting of the voyage. While itis an incomplete account it is legible throughout with whale stampsto indicate when and where whales were taken and it demonstrateshow Captain Barnes followed his instructions.Of interest is that in his letter book Parker records a number ofbusiness transactions with Abiel Haskins’ wife in Fall River. OnOctober 4, 1847 Parker writes to Haskins’ wife and forwards hersome cash in advance of her husband’s pay. In March of 1848he again advances Amelia B. Haskins cash from her husband’s pay.Haskins’ journal is incomplete and ends before the vessel returnshome, but the ability to integrate these primary sources adds layers ofunderstanding to American whaling history that neither the logbooknor the letter book offer on their own.e above is one example of more than 150 logbooks and journalsthat in many different ways are contextualized by their associatedagents’ records. ese volumes are not part of a discrete manuscriptcollection series even though they ought to be. ey were acquiredfrom many different sources over many decades and this digitizationproject could be the first time that they are actually connected visuallywith their corporate origins.View of Valparaiso [Chile], 1856. Lithograph by Louis LeBreton. (1818-1866).Abiel Haskins, second mate of the ship Charles Frederick, left the vessel in the portof Valparaiso in March of 1849.For up-to-date calendar listings visit www.whalingmuseum.org 19


Valentine’s Day IIParticipate in a FREE demonstration ofcolonial-style chocolate making.Saturday, February 25th11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Jacobs Family GalleryFREE samples from American HeritageChocolate will be provided.Authors Christopher Kelly, Dr. Timothy Walker(UMASS Dartmouth), and Rodney Snyder(Mars Inc.) will discuss the history of chocolate,and the chapters they contributed to Chocolate:History, Culture and Heritage, Louis Grivettiand Howard Shapiro, editors (Wiley, 2009).Copies of this publication, signed by these authors,will be available at the Museum Store.20 winter/spring bulletin 2012MuseumStore andDora Atwater MillikinWorking Waterfront:A Portrait of New BedfordHarbor TodayWhere does chocolate come from?How did it come to colonialNew England, and how was cocoamade in early America?Did New Bedford whalers drinkchocolate at sea?Come learn the answers to thesequestions and much, much more at theNew Bedford Whaling Museum!MuseumGift StoreInventoryFlensingFebruary 12-25Select items 25% - 75% off !Cannot be combined withother discountsis spring the Museum brings a fresh perspectiveon the city’s harbor and working waterfront withthe first public showing of a series of paintings byWestport-based artist Dora Atwater Millikin.Millikin brings the New Bedford waterfront to the canvasin works inspired by the busy harbor, its boats and itsfishing industry. She sets her sights on the colors andtextures of this rich scene, the interplay of sky, water, andmachinery – the interface of nature and man, harborand fisherman, water and vessels.Exploring volume, shape, light, color, and texture, thepaintings reflect Millikin’s interest in the everyday andthe ordinary, the gritty and the ‘real’. For her, a mundanemoment captured, brought to the fore, is made profound.Dora Atwater Millikin maintains a studio in WestportPoint, Massachusetts and is represented exclusively byWalker-Cunningham Fine Art, Boston.Dora Atwater Millikin, Wharfage, oil on linen, 2011.Exhibit Opening | May 18, 5:30 p.m.BOARD OF TRUSTEESJohn N. Garfield, Jr., ChairLucile P. Hicks, First Vice ChairGurdon B. Wattles, Second Vice ChairJoseph E. McDonough, TreasurerArmand Fernandes Jr., ClerkPatricia L. Andrade, M.D.Candida Rose BaptistaCharles E. BascomSalvatore F. BattinelliNathaniel J. Bickfordomas G. DavisWilliam do CarmoRoy EnoksenArmand Fernandes, Jr.Michelle N. HantmanEdward M. Howland IILawrence S. HuntingtonPatricia A. JaysonKeith W. KauppilaDavid N. Kelley IIFrances F. LevinGeorge B. Mock IIIEugene A. MonteiroFaith MorningstarBarbara R. MossJeffrey RaymonDonald S. RiceBrian J. RothschildHardwick SimmonsDawn Blake SouzaCarol Taylor, Ph.D.Janet P. WhitlaHarvey J. WolkoffMUSEUM ADVISORY COUNCILCalvin Siegal, ChairLisa Schmid AlvordTalbot Baker, Jr.John W. BraitmayerTruman S. CasnerCarl J. CruzAnne F. FazendeiroBarbara B. FerriFrederic C. HoodLlewllyn Howland IIIIrwin JacobsPeter T. KavanaughWilliam N. KeeneWilliam T. KennedyAlbert E. Lees IIIMISSIONe mission of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society-New Bedford Whaling Museum is to educateand interest all the public in the historical interaction of humans with whales worldwide;in the history of Old Dartmouth and adjacent communities; and in regional maritime activities.CREDITSProduced by: NBWM Marketing/Communications | Designed by: Amanda Quintin DesignEDITORIAL COM MENTSAlison M. Smart, asmart@whalingmuseum.org18 Johnny Cake Hill • New Bedford, MA 02740ON THE COVERHumpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae): mother and calf inquisitively approach a snorkeler.© Brandon Cole. All Rights ReservedWhaling Museum on the webwww.whalingmuseum.orgwww.whalingmuseumblog.orgwww.facebook.com/whalingmuseumwww.twitter.com/#!/whalingmuseumwww.vimeo.com/whalingmuseumwww.flickr.com/photos/nbwmD. Lloyd MacdonaldArthur H. ParkerJohn S. PenneyJohn C. PinheiroCarl RibeiroGilbert L. ShapiroCharles T. ToomeyElizabeth H. WeinbergRichard B. YoungVOLUNTEER COUNCIL ExECUTIVECOMMITTEEAlice Larson, PresidentClifton Rice, Vice PresidentMary Lorenzo, Recording SecretaryJudy Giusti, Corresponding SecretaryTom Flynn, TreasurerMUSEUM STAFFKimberly A. Aubut, Museum Store AssociateMaria Batista, Director of FinanceTara L. Duff, Museum Store ManagerMichael P. Dyer, Maritime CuratorStuart Frank, Ph.D., Senior CuratorGregory J. Galer, Ph.D., Vice President,Collections & ExhibitionsBarry W. Jesse, Facilities AssistantMichael A. Lapides, Director of Digital InitiativesCheryl L. Lawrence, Museum Store AssociateJames J. Lopes, Esq.Vice President,Education & ProgrammingPamela L. Lowe, Supervisor, Visitor ServicesNicholas Luce, Store Receiver & Head CashierDouglas Kendall, Ph.D., RegistrarSara M. Meirowitz, Grants Oversight & AdministrationHenry Moniz, Facilities AssistantAmy Morrison, Donor Relations CoordinatorArthur Motta, Jr., Director of Marketing& CommunicationsSydney M. Patten, Visitor ServicesJohn F. Pimentel, Facilities AssistantMark Procknik, Assistant LibrarianAmanda Quintin, Graphic DesignerRobert C. Rocha, Jr., Science DirectorJames P. Russell, President & CEOJohn M. Silva, Facilities ForemanAlison M. Smart, Director of DevelopmentKayleigh Swain, Staff AccountantBrian Witkowski, Education Programs ManagerAndrew Wojtunik, Development AssistantIN MEMORIAMCynthia L. Marks, Class of 1983, emeritajoin thewhaling museumat theFriday, July 27 throughSunday, July 29St. George’s SchoolPurgatory Road,Middletown, RINewportantiquesshow.comFeaturing a Special Exhibitby the Whaling MuseumSpectacular SpacesSpectacular EventsTo book yours, call508 997-0046 | specialevents@whalingmuseum.orgwww.whalingmuseum.org© ImageMakers

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