Please join us this Friday, October 22, at 4:00 p.m. when the trustees of the New Bedford Whaling Museum will commemorate the newly restored Bourne Building with elected leaders and dignitaries including Dr. Andre Bradford, Secretario Regional da Presidencia for the Azores, Craig Kenkel, Superintendent, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Congressman Barney Frank, former Senator Paul Kirk and special guests. The public is cordially invited to attend.
The signing of a Protocol between the Azores, New Bedford and San Francisco will establish a formal connection between the Regional Government of the Azores, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, recognizing the strong historical and cultural Azorean connections across the United States and will foster new programs in cultural exchange, scholarship, education and exhibitions.
Ceremonies include a festive re-launching of the whale ship model, Lagoda, and dedication of the Museum’s Azorean Arch, entrance to the new Azorean Whaleman Gallery, a gift of the Government of Portugal.
The restoration was made possible in part through a grant from the National Park Service and with funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the state of Massachusetts, administered though a collaborate arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The evening will conclude with the opening of a exhibition of photography from the Azores and a Luso-American Foundation book signing. Museum admission is free for the evening’s events, which are being sponsored by Bristol County Savings Bank.