Help Us Welcome Our Apprentices

New Bedford Whaling Museum welcomes new apprentices, Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.)  —  The New Bedford Whaling Museum will introduce its new class of High School Apprentices during a brief ceremony on Tuesday, October 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery. The public is cordially invited to attend.

The twelve juniors and seniors attend high school in New Bedford and include seven new apprentices who were chosen from a pool of 52 applicants. Five returning apprentices will work directly with museum staff in a department of their choosing. All will be working after school, Tuesday through Friday until the end of May 2012 and will return in the summer for a six-hour workday. Museum president James Russell, museum vice president for education and programming, Jim Lopes, trustee and chair of the education committee, Dawn Blake-Souza, and Robert Rocha – who directs the apprentice program – will address the gathering. Apprentices will also introduce themselves to the audience during the event. Refreshments will be served.

Overseen by the museum’s education department, the apprentice program provides a unique opportunity for local youth to learn a variety of museum skills and expand their scholastic horizons. The program is funded through the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Howard Bayne Fund, the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, the United Way of Greater New Bedford, the City of New Bedford Community Development Block Grant Program, the Island Foundation, and the Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world’s most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city’s historic downtown and is open daily. For a complete calendar of events, visit the Whaling Museum online at


For more information, contact:

Robert Rocha

Science Director

(508) 717-6849

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