Guided Walking Tours
Join New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Rangers and Whaling Museum docents to explore New Bedford history through the stories of four women of action. Meet fishing industry advocate Harriet Didriksen, Civil War nurse Martha Bush Gray, philanthropist Sarah Rotch Arnold, and international translator Lydia Grinnell Brown. Discover a side of history that you might not have known before.
In March 2021, young artists from throughout the community created original artworks that highlight the legacies of women who mobilized residents of “The City that Lit the World” to create positive change. These artworks were reviewed and selected by a panel of judges for their relevance, creativity, and originality.
October 24, 2021
Blazing the Trail: Women Lighting the Way
Tri-County Symphonic Band and Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast have developed a fresh perspective on where women are now and how they have achieved numerous milestones over the years. During Blazing the Trail, local women will take the podium to illustrate stories of our trailblazers.
September 17, 2020
Women of Color Lighting the Way to Equality
This online panel discussion showcased the rich legacy of civic engagement of women, especially women of color and young adults. Headlined by Dr. Premilla Nadasen, Professor of History at Barnard College and OAH Distinguished Lecturer, and featuring local civically engaged female panelists, the discussion highlighted ways that women of color have historically organized to address inequity for women, and how they continue to address issues of class, race, and other oppressions.
March 12, 2020
Ignite Showcase 2020
Young artists from throughout the community showcased original artworks at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The artworks highlighted the themes, accomplishments, or stories amplified through Lighting the Way profiles.
Lighting The Way Commemorates The Women’s Suffrage Centennial
2020 marked the 100th Anniversary of Congress ratifying the 19th Amendment to the U.S. constitution, which made it illegal to prevent a woman from voting based on her sex. Lighting the Way commemorated the women’s suffrage centennial and its unfinished legacy all year, and celebrated the fact that Massachusetts ratified the amendment a year earlier on June 25, 1919.