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Lighting the Way offers two different tours this summer!


Lighting the Way to Justice

Thursdays 2:30 PM
July 7, 14, 21 & 28
August 4, 11, 18 & 25

Tours meet at New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Join educators from New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and New Bedford Whaling Museum to explore New Bedford through the stories of women who fought for Justice. On this tour you’ll visit places that give insight into the city’s rich history and the many ways that women have worked to make the world a better place. You’ll meet activists, featured on Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast, who advocated for workers, the elderly, civil rights, women’s health, and more. 

This recurring tour is FREE. It  begins at the Whaling Museum and ends at the Friends Meeting House at the corner of Spring and Seventh Streets. In the event of rain or very hot weather, the walking tour route will be modified to include indoor stops.

Making Waves: Historic Women of the Port of New Bedford

Thursday, August 11, 5:00 PM 

Women have shaped and been shaped by the historic port of New Bedford for centuries. Join Lighting the Way experts Ann O’Leary and Mary Howland Smoyer for a special AHA! (Arts, History, Architecture) night Summer in the Seaport walking tour featuring the stories of women who will give you new insights into the whaling and fishing industries as well as the city’s historic role in the Underground Railroad. Along the way you’ll meet philanthropists, an abolitionist, an entrepreneur, an Azorean heritage advocate, and a lumper.

This tour is FREE. It  begins and ends at the Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill.

For the most up-to-date listing of Lighting the Way tour dates and times, please visit the Whaling Museum’s online calendar

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