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Self-Guided Walking Trails

Discover New Bedford through the stories of historic women who lived and worked in the city. There are two options to tour the city and learn about the places where women of the SouthCoast contributed to history.

The Lighting the Way Trail Map guides you to locations in downtown New Bedford associated with over 40 inspiring women. The Trail Map is available in paper or PDF version.

Pick up a hard-copy of the Lighting the Way Walking Trail Map at New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and other locations in downtown New Bedford.

Download the Lighting the Way Walking Trail map. (pdf download)

Map Detail Of Downtown New Bedford

Organizing New Bedford: Women Who Mobilized Change is a new digital exhibit and mobile tour that explores the legacies of women who have mobilized residents of “The City that Lit the World” to create positive change. Organizing New Bedford is available to view on the web or on a mobile app that will guide you to the different locations.

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