‘Changing Tides’ photo exhibit reveal dynamic change, Feb. 10

Vessels and casks crowd Merrill's Wharf along side the Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Co. (right) in this 1896 photograph by Orville Bassett.

A new exhibit titled Changing Tides: The New Bedford Waterfront in Transition, opens on AHA! Night, Thursday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the opening is free.

Once as America’s richest whaling port, to its current status as the nation’s #1 commercial fishing port, the New Bedford waterfront and the work that goes on there have seen enormous transformation. Installed in the San Francisco Room, which overlooks the harbor, the exhibit explores the port’s many changes with images selected from the Museum’s immense photo collection. The photographs date from the 1870s to the 1980s, revealing the port’s many transitions and the evolution of the vessels calling it home.

Kate Mello, the Whaling Museum’s Photo Archivist, is curator for the exhibit. “These images were selected from thousands of photos in our collection because they illustrate how dynamic the changes in the port have been over last 150 years. They underscore the ongoing change that only seems to accelerate with every passing year,” said Ms. Mello.

From the San Francisco Room, the exhibit overlooks New Bedford’s famed commercial fishing fleet – a major economic engine for the region – and hailed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick as “a vital part of our history and economy” in his recent letter to President Obama seeking regulatory redress for the fishery.

This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Changing Tides closes June 19, 2011.

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