WHALING HISTORY SYMPOSIUM, OCT. 16-17

This 35th annual Symposium is the world’s only annual international forum for the presentation and discussion of new ideas, pioneering research, and fresh insights into the history, fine arts, humanities, and sciences of whales and whaling. Sessions run all day Saturday and on Sunday morning. A buffet lunch is included on Saturday with an informal dinner on Saturday evening, which will be followed by gala concert of sea songs, ballads, and chanteys. Registration fee: Before October 5: $125 for members and $150 for non-members. After October 5: $20 each additional.

To Register, call the Museum: 508.997.0046, ext. 100.

Offered in four sessions, this year’s program is distinguished by ground-breaking research and new, original views harvested from primary sources — whalemen’s shipboard journals, the account books and business ledgers of managing agents and merchant entrepreneurs (mostly from the Museum’s own manuscript collection), and insightful field research.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

9:00am – REGISTRATION

10:00 am – Welcome & Opening Remarks

SESSION I

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON YANKEE WHALING — PART ONE

10:15am – An Anthropologist’s View of Risk in American Whaling, Suzanne Finney, Ph.D., University of Hawaii; President, Maritime Archaeology and History of the Hawaiian Islands Foundation.

11:15am – The Wake of History: American Whaling in Commerce, Culture, and Memory, Jamie L. Jones, Harvard University.

12:15pm – Luncheon

1:30pm – 26th Annual L. Byrne Waterman Award Presentation

SESSION II

WHALEMEN’S BALLADS AND SONGS

2:00pm – The Music and Dance of Hawaiian Whalers in the Nineteenth Century, J. Revell Carr III, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

3:00pm – Terrible Polly: The Battle of the Sexes in Songs and Poems of the Whaling Era, April Grant, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

3:45pm – Break

4:15pm – Jolly Sailors Bold: Ballads and Songs Excavated from the Kendall Collection in the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Stuart M. Frank, Ph.D. (author Jolly Sailors Bold: Ballads and Songs of the American Sailor).

SESSION III

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON YANKEE WHALING — PART TWO

5:15pm – Publications about Portuguese and Portuguese-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; and the new book, So Ends This Day: The Portuguese in American Whaling 1765-1927 by Donald Warrin. Frank F. Sousa, Ph.D., Director, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

5:30pm – American Offshore Whaling Voyages, 1667-1927: A New Publication in Two Volumes, Judith Navas Lund, former Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum; lead author, American Offshore Whaling Voyages, 1667-1927.

6:00pm – BOOK SIGNING: Jolly Sailors Bold: Ballads and Songs of the American Sailor by Stuart M. Frank; American Offshore Whaling Voyages, 1667-1927, 2 vols., by Judith N. Lund, et al.; So Ends This Day: The Portuguese in American Whaling 1765-1927 by Donald S. Warrin.

7:00pm – DINNER

8:30pm – GALA CONCERT of Sea Songs, Ballads, and Chanteys, with Tom Goux, Jacek Sulanowski, and Dan Lanier; Ellen Cohn; and Stuart Frank, with his wife and partner Mary Malloy.

SUNDAY’S SCHEDULE

SESSION IV

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON YANKEE WHALING — PART THREE

10:30am – Overlooked But Not Forgotten: African-Americans in the Sag Harbor Whaling Trade, Thomas Hardy, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and New Bedford Whaling Museum.

11:30am – Gallery Tour of the new exhibitions in the Bourne Building (Lagoda Gallery) with Michael P. Dyer (Maritime Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum)

12:30pm – Hosted Visit of “Classic Whaling Prints,” Rinehart Gallery, 2nd floor.

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