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Join colleagues from across the region for a two-day educator workshop exploring the historical impact of women from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds who shaped their SouthCoast communities, the nation, and the world. Be inspired by Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast and the remarkable stories of women’s callings that required grit, tenacity, and enduring commitment to their families, careers, and communities. 

Designed for educators:

  • From classroom, museum, library, and out-of-school program settings
  • Working with youth 6th grade – young adult
  • Interested in supporting activities in the humanities, social sciences, and arts

During this two day workshop, educators will:

  • Explore the Lighting the Way project, an online educational resource that amplifies history through profiles of women from the SouthCoast region. 
  • Learn from the work of researchers, educators, and librarians connected to the project.
  • Experience a walking tour and museum tour connected to the history of local women.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to explore how potential projects can be brought back to their home context.  
  • Receive extensive resource materials and a $100 stipend after the workshop. 

Feedback from previous workshop participants:

“I’m taking with me new ideas, resources, and energy which I need as I plan over the summer.”

“Experiencing the resources available at the museum was great. I never knew the amount of resources available to the public.”

“I loved the fact that this workshop has sparked a new found appreciation of women’s history and impact in society.”


This is planned as an in-person workshop held at the Whaling Museum following all social distancing and other COVID Safety guidelines. 

Space is limited for this workshop, please fill out this online application by Sunday, May 16, 2021 at midnight at

Download  flyer [PDF] 

For additional information about the educator workshop, email

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Arcadia Charitable Trust.



Educator Workshop
Amplifying History: Learning from the Lives of Women

On June 25 & 26, 2019, New Bedford Whaling Museum hosted a free professional development workshop for educators.

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