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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.


DATE & TIME: August 3, 2021, 9 am – 1:30 pm (with extension, 3:30 pm) Rain Date: August 5

This workshop is sponsored by Primary Source as part of a 3-part place-based learning series. For more information and to register: click here.

Description: In the early decades of the 19th century, the whaling industry transformed New Bedford into a city characterized by diversity and economic opportunities. The New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the South Coast project provide an excellent opportunity to study the intersection of geography, industry, and community.

Join us as we visit the museum’s galleries and selected locations on the Lighting the Way Walking Trail, to understand the social, cultural, and economic influences of the whaling industry on New Bedford’s past and present. In addition, we will examine primary sources from the museum archives, accessing the voices of women whose lives were shaped by their proximity to and participation in whaling. In doing so we will work to uncover the ways that the experiences and wealth they derived from the whaling industry shaped New Bedford through philanthropic, entrepreneurial, civic, and educational endeavors.

For questions about this workshop contact Sara Clamage at



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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