Celebrate Herman Melville’s Birthday

Calendar of Events:

Friday, July 30,  3:00 pm:
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet: Down to the Sea In Ships

A musical celebration of all things nautical, presented in honor of Herman Melville’s birthday. The program includes Malcolm Arnold’s Three Shanties, George Chadwick’s Three Sea Sketches, hornpipes (sailor’s dances) from Water Music by George Frederic Handel, as well as music of Scott Joplin, a hot tango by Astor Piazzolla, and a medley of George M. Cohan’s greatest hits.

Friday, July 30, 5:00 pm:
Melville Society free public lecture: Discovering Whales, Petroglyphs, and Moby-Dick on the Olympic Peninsula in June 2008, with Robert K. Wallace

This illustrated talk will highlight some of the discoveries Robert Wallace made on the Makah Indian Reservation of the Olympic Peninsula during a two-week trip with landscape painter Kevin Muente. Wallace will emphasize his encounters with gray whales, a humpback whale, and ancient Ozette petroglyphs in a sequence of events that brought Melville’s Moby-Dick to life before his very eyes. Robert K. Wallace is a founder of the Melville Society Cultural Project at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  He is author of Melville and Turner, Frank Stella’s Moby-Dick, and Douglass and Melville. He has taught Literature and the Arts at Northern Kentucky University since 1972

Saturday, July 31, 10am-2pm

You’re Invited to a whale of a party celebrating Herman Melville’s birthday! It features free activities for kids 12 years and younger on the plaza and in selected galleries. The day includes music by the Sea Chantey Chorus, art projects, historical characters, story readings, fun learning activities, kids art show, and birthday cake.

Ongoing activities:
Make whale hats, bookmarks & whale magnets
See the new 15-minute film, Around the World!
Take a new iPod tour
Story readings: pop-up kids’ Moby-Dick, and The Whale and the Snail
Kids’ Art Show
Hourly drawings to win family membership

Museum Store – Whale of a Tent Sale
Scheduled activities:
10-12pm – Make, sail & take home a toy model of the Pequod
11am – Kids’ poetry workshop
11:30am – Whaling wives, Ruth and Abby
12pm – Sperm whale activity with museum youth apprentices
1-2pm – Kids paint Moby Dick’s statue
1:30pm – Sea Chantey Chorus performance
2pm – Happy Birthday, with the Sea Chantey Chorus & birthday cake.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Herman Melville Family Day is hosted by the Museum’s education department in partnership with the Melville Society Cultural Project, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

One response to “Celebrate Herman Melville’s Birthday

  1. Walt Valliere

    As a native of the Whaling City, I wish I could celebrate old Herman’s birthday with you. He authored my favourite book, Moby Dick.

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