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Led by RIWP Executive Board member and New Bedford native Jeff Lawton, this OAI will explore sites in the city’s downtown Whaling National Historical Park, which showcases the whaling and fishing heritage that made it one of the world’s richest and busiest ports, as well as take a walking tour of sites related to its prominence in the abolition movement and the Underground Railroad. After lunch, we’ll shift gears and head to a coastal fort and museum in Jeff’s old neighborhood in the city’s South End to examine ways that the city continues to evolve while honoring its past. Through the course of the day, activities will utilize the people, places, and events of Jeff’s hometown to provide participants the chance to reflect on their own home and heritage.


​​Open Air Institute New Bedford: Pride, Preservation, Progress

Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 9-3 (carpool from India Point Park at 8:30, and be back by 3:30)

Registration cost: $20, plus bring $5 for parking and museum fees and either a sack lunch or money for lunch.

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