Please join us on Friday, September 10, when the trustees of the New Bedford Whaling Museum will cut the ribbon with elected leaders including Congressman Barney Frank, Governor Deval Patrick, Portuguese officials and guests, opening the new Azorean Whaleman Gallery, a  gift of the Government of Portugal honoring the Portuguese people and their significant contribution to the maritime heritage of New Bedford.

His Excellency the Ambassador of Portugal in Washington, Dr. João de Vallera, is expected to attend the dedication ceremony to convey official recognition from the highest levels of the Portuguese government in Lisbon.

Events leading up to the unveiling and dedication begin at 5:30 p.m. with music provided by Grupo de Música Tradicional – Ilhas de Bruma  at the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society’s, Casa dos Botes, located at 25 North Water Street, on the east side of the Museum complex. A parade will kick off from this location leading guests up Johnny Cake Hill to the main entrance of the Bourne Building, located directly across from the Seamen’s Bethel.

Two additional exhibits will also debut concurrent with the Azorean Whaleman Gallery opening: Drawn From New Bedford: Arthur Moniz – A Retrospective, celebrating one of the South Coast’s most popular and recognizable artists, and Whaling in Faial, 1940-1984, a traveling exhibition from the Azores examining 20th century whaling operations on the islands and its conclusion.

The public is cordially invited to attend all activities and museum admission is free for all of the evening’s events, which are being sponsored by Bristol County Savings Bank.

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