New Bedford Preservation Society

New Bedford Preservation Society Society Mission: to heighten awareness, provide education and guidance and promote sensitive restoration and preservation of New Bedford’s fine historic structures and the neighborhoods in which they are located.

In 1974, a group of private citizens banded together to try to halt a state plan to widen New Bedford’s premier residential avenue and destroy the tall old elm trees that had arched over the street for decades. That group became the New Bedford Preservation Society, which continues its efforts to protect and preserve properties and landscapes of historic and architectural significance throughout t

In 1974, a group of private citizens banded together to try to halt a state plan to widen New Bedford’s premier residential avenue and destroy the tall old elm trees that had arched over the street for decades. That group became the New Bedford Preservation Society, which continues its efforts to protect and preserve properties and landscapes of historic and architectural significance throughout t

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GyqqVj9pW6wFrom the 28th Annual holiday house Tour:EDWARD HASKELL HOUSEThis house was buil...
12/21/2021
New Bedford Preservation Society Edward Haskell House

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GyqqVj9pW6w

From the 28th Annual holiday house Tour:

EDWARD HASKELL HOUSE
This house was built in 1868-1869 by Edward Haskell who came to New Bedford in 1849 to conduct a dry goods business in a store on the east side of Purchase Street south of William Street.

It was in 1855 that Haskell first bought property at the northeast corner of Cottage and Union, later adding to his purchase until he acquired a large site for his dwelling. In 1868 two houses on the property were removed. It was shortly thereafter that the present house was built.

This large Italianate house exhibits many fine details, most notably the variety of window caps, the ornamental balustrade above the eaves, projecting dormers, and an elaborate entrance way. At one time the grounds were landscaped for gardens surrounded with an intricate cast iron fence, in addition to which there was a greenhouse and an aviary, as well as a stable that went with the property. The former stable, located immediately behind the house, was converted to a two apartment house with a Cottage Street address after the death of Mrs. Haskell in 1914. In 1950 the building was converted to offices, while still retaining much of the exterior intact.

EDWARD HASKELL HOUSEThis house was built in 1868-1869 by Edward Haskell who came to New Bedford in 1849 to conduct a dry goods business in a store on the eas...

New Bedford Preservation Society Board of Directors presents a series of vignettes and films of past Historic Holiday To...
11/30/2021

New Bedford Preservation Society Board of Directors presents a series of vignettes and films of past Historic Holiday Tours to brighten your season.
The Society hopes you are safe and well during this holiday season of 2021. Due to the Covid-19 variants and the continued high number of Covid cases in the city, the Society’s main fundraiser, the “Historic Holiday Tour” is not going to take place in 2021. During this season we ask for donations through our website and page to help ensure the continuation of programs into 2022.
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New Bedford Preservation Society Board of Directors presents a series of vignettes and films of past Historic Holiday Tours to brighten your season.
The Society hopes you are safe and well during this holiday season of 2021. Due to the Covid-19 variants and the continued high number of Covid cases in the city, the Society’s main fundraiser, the “Historic Holiday Tour” is not going to take place in 2021. During this season we ask for donations through our website and page to help ensure the continuation of programs into 2022.
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Historic Holiday Tour 2021 UpdateDear Patrons, Sponsors, and Members of the New Bedford Preservation Society,The Society...
11/18/2021

Historic Holiday Tour 2021 Update

Dear Patrons, Sponsors, and Members of the New Bedford Preservation Society,

The Society hopes you are safe and well during this holiday season of 2021. Due to the Covid-19 Delta variant and the continued high number of Covid cases in the city, the Society’s main fundraiser, the “Historic Holiday Tour” is not going to take place in 2021. We plan to resume the in person Historic Holiday Tour in 2022. Starting in December 2021 the Society will present vignettes of previous tours through images and videos on FaceBook and YouTube.

The Historic Holiday Tour was the Society’s main fundraiser to support its programs throughout the year. During this season we ask for donations through our website and page to help ensure the continuation of programs into 2022.

Traditions have never been more meaningful as our families reconnect to celebrate the holidays in these challenging times. We wish for you and your loved ones warmth and safety of the season.

New Bedford Preservation Society Board of Directors

Historic Holiday Tour 2021 Update

Dear Patrons, Sponsors, and Members of the New Bedford Preservation Society,

The Society hopes you are safe and well during this holiday season of 2021. Due to the Covid-19 Delta variant and the continued high number of Covid cases in the city, the Society’s main fundraiser, the “Historic Holiday Tour” is not going to take place in 2021. We plan to resume the in person Historic Holiday Tour in 2022. Starting in December 2021 the Society will present vignettes of previous tours through images and videos on FaceBook and YouTube.

The Historic Holiday Tour was the Society’s main fundraiser to support its programs throughout the year. During this season we ask for donations through our website and page to help ensure the continuation of programs into 2022.

Traditions have never been more meaningful as our families reconnect to celebrate the holidays in these challenging times. We wish for you and your loved ones warmth and safety of the season.

New Bedford Preservation Society Board of Directors

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4-gBHkBImBYNEW VIDEO RELEASE! Great New Bedford Victorian Homes Walking TourThe Victorian ...
11/16/2021

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4-gBHkBImBY
NEW VIDEO RELEASE!
Great New Bedford Victorian Homes Walking Tour
The Victorian era ran during the reign of the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria, from 1837 until 1901. New Bedford boasts many wonderful Victorian era homes. Victorian houses are marked by their prodigious ornamentation, with virtually no area of the house left unadorned.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4-gBHkBImBY
NEW VIDEO RELEASE!
Great New Bedford Victorian Homes Walking Tour
The Victorian era ran during the reign of the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria, from 1837 until 1901. New Bedford boasts many wonderful Victorian era homes. Victorian houses are marked by their prodigious ornamentation, with virtually no area of the house left unadorned.

New Bedford Preservation Society announces Mass Humanities SHARP Grant AwardNew Bedford Preservation Society is excited ...
10/14/2021

New Bedford Preservation Society announces Mass Humanities SHARP Grant Award

New Bedford Preservation Society is excited to announce that we have has been awarded a SHARP grant from Mass Humanities with funding made possible by the National Endowment for the
Humanities. Mass Humanities “Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) grants provide operating support to Massachusetts humanities organizations
as they prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of the coronavirus on their operations and the communities they serve. We can’t wait to expand our capacity by investing in Board leadership, a new website and support of internships from Umass Dartmouth. Mark Fuller, President of the New Bedford Preservation Society, states “The society is excited that NEH has recognized the importance of the local history and architecture to New Bedford, and the impact that it has had on the City’s character today.”

The Preservation Society is a private, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. NBPS Programs include a Historic Markers, self-guided architectural walking tours, urban landscaping (New Bedford Re-Leaf), summer walking tours, and lectures on local history and historic preservation. Senator Edward J. Markey
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
Office of US Congressman Bill Keating

From The Providence Preservation SocietyAn intriguing topic.
09/23/2021

From The Providence Preservation Society
An intriguing topic.

Preservation, far from representing a neutral position, is a symbolic, political act. For the better part of 50 years, preservationists have been working to “preserve historic character” and advance “appropriate” projects for historic neighborhoods — but who defines these terms and what un/intended results have they produced?

The second edition of our annual Race, Power & Preservation program is taking place on October 4 at 4:00. Tickets are free, but advance registration is required -- hope to see you there! https://ppsri.org/events/race-power-preservation/

Homeowner Window Workshop // Providence Preservation Society
09/15/2021
Homeowner Window Workshop // Providence Preservation Society

Homeowner Window Workshop // Providence Preservation Society

Have you ever struggled to open or close your house’s wooden windows? Do you love how your old windows look but aren’t sure how to get them working properly? Do you have a cracked pane, peeling paint, or glazing falling off? Want to keep your old windows and learn how to make them las...

For tonight's tour “That  Should be in a Museum”  will happen rain or shine. Meet at 5:30pm at the James Arnold Mansion,...
09/09/2021

For tonight's tour “That Should be in a Museum” will happen rain or shine.
Meet at 5:30pm at the James Arnold Mansion, most of the tour will be inside so please bring a mask.

The New Bedford Preservation Society is partnering with the New Bedford Museum of Glass for Walking Tour that highlights the extraordinary stained glass windows of the Unitarian, Grace Episcopal Churches and the New Bedford Glass Museum.

Photos from The New Bedford Museum of Glass's post
09/05/2021

Photos from The New Bedford Museum of Glass's post

Yes, there is a Museum cat. Some beauties you will see at the New Bedford Glass MuseumSeptember 9 AHA! “That  Should be ...
09/01/2021

Yes, there is a Museum cat.
Some beauties you will see at the New Bedford Glass Museum

September 9 AHA! “That Should be in a Museum” Tour
5:30pm at the James Arnold Mansion.

Please bring a mask for the interior parts of the tour.
The New Bedford Preservation Society is partnering with the New Bedford Museum of Glass for Walking Tour that highlights the extraordinary stained glass windows of the Unitarian and Grace Episcopal Churches of New Bedford. Kirk Nelson, Executor Director of the Museum, will join Bruce Barnes to tour the Churches as well as other buildings along the walking tour route. The recently reopened New Bedford Museum of Glass at the James Arnold Mansion will also be open to participants after the tour.

Yes, there is a Museum cat.
Some beauties you will see at the New Bedford Glass Museum

September 9 AHA! “That Should be in a Museum” Tour
5:30pm at the James Arnold Mansion.

Please bring a mask for the interior parts of the tour.
The New Bedford Preservation Society is partnering with the New Bedford Museum of Glass for Walking Tour that highlights the extraordinary stained glass windows of the Unitarian and Grace Episcopal Churches of New Bedford. Kirk Nelson, Executor Director of the Museum, will join Bruce Barnes to tour the Churches as well as other buildings along the walking tour route. The recently reopened New Bedford Museum of Glass at the James Arnold Mansion will also be open to participants after the tour.

September 9 AHA! “That  Should be in a Museum” Tour 5:30pm at the James Arnold Mansion. Please bring a mask for the inte...
09/01/2021

September 9 AHA! “That Should be in a Museum” Tour
5:30pm at the James Arnold Mansion.
Please bring a mask for the interior parts of the tour.

The New Bedford Preservation Society is partnering with the New Bedford Museum of Glass for Walking Tour that highlights the extraordinary stained glass windows of the Unitarian and Grace Episcopal Churches of New Bedford. Kirk Nelson, Executor Director of the Museum, will join Bruce Barnes to tour the Churches as well as other buildings along the walking tour route. The recently reopened New Bedford Museum of Glass at the James Arnold Mansion will also be open to participants after the tour.

September 9 AHA! “That Should be in a Museum” Tour
5:30pm at the James Arnold Mansion.
Please bring a mask for the interior parts of the tour.

The New Bedford Preservation Society is partnering with the New Bedford Museum of Glass for Walking Tour that highlights the extraordinary stained glass windows of the Unitarian and Grace Episcopal Churches of New Bedford. Kirk Nelson, Executor Director of the Museum, will join Bruce Barnes to tour the Churches as well as other buildings along the walking tour route. The recently reopened New Bedford Museum of Glass at the James Arnold Mansion will also be open to participants after the tour.

Well deserved. We love having our office located in such a historic building.
08/18/2021
New Bedford Port Society Complex Wins Award - High-Profile Monthly

Well deserved. We love having our office located in such a historic building.

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Port Society Complex (Seamen’s Bethel and Mariner’s Home) has been selected by Preservation Massachusetts to receive the 2021 Paul & Niki Tsongas Award for the preservation of the two buildings. Founded in 1830, the Port Society has served the needs of the mar...

September 9 AHA! “That  Should be in a Museum” Tour at 5:30pm at the James Arnold Mansion. Please bring a mask for the i...
08/17/2021

September 9 AHA! “That Should be in a Museum” Tour at 5:30pm at the James Arnold Mansion. Please bring a mask for the interior parts of the tour.

The New Bedford Preservation Society is partnering with the New Bedford Museum of Glass for Walking Tour that highlights the extraordinary stained glass windows of the Unitarian and Grace Episcopal Churches of New Bedford. Kirk Nelson, Executor Director of the Museum, will join Bruce Barnes to tour the Churches as well as other buildings along the walking tour route. The recently reopened New Bedford Museum of Glass at the James Arnold Mansion will also be open to participants after the tour.

Film Release!VIP3 Walking Tour - Notable People in New Bedford HistoryThis Walking Tour film highlights people and place...
08/10/2021
History of New Bedford "VIP 3 Tour"

Film Release!
VIP3 Walking Tour - Notable People in New Bedford History
This Walking Tour film highlights people and places significant in the development of New Bedford.

The VIP’s include: Joseph Rotch, 1704-1784; Joseph Grinnell, 1788-1885; John H. Clifford, 1809-1876; The Crapo Family, Henry Howland Crapo, 1804-1869 William W. Crapo, 1830-1926, Henry H. Crapo, 1862-1951; William W. Swain, 1793-1858 and Lydia Swain, 1793-1878; The Pierce Family, Andrew G. Pierce, 1829-1903, Otis N. Pierce Jr, 1939-1932, Edward T. Pierce, 1855-1935, Andrew T. Pierce Jr, 1864-1950; Basil Brewer, 1883-1975.

Telling the History of New BedfordThrough Its ArchitectureJoin the incomparable Bruce Barnes on his VIP 3 Walking Tour in west end New Bedford. The VIP 3 tou...

August 12th AHA! Historic Walking TourArnold Place and More!Gather at the James Arnold Mansion, 427 County Street  This ...
07/27/2021

August 12th AHA! Historic Walking Tour
Arnold Place and More!

Gather at the James Arnold Mansion, 427 County Street
This tour highlights some of the beautiful residences of the Textile Era in New Bedford (1890-1926). Most of the properties are located on the site of the former James Arnold Estate and are outstanding examples of the Colonial Revival style

August 12th AHA! Historic Walking Tour
Arnold Place and More!

Gather at the James Arnold Mansion, 427 County Street
This tour highlights some of the beautiful residences of the Textile Era in New Bedford (1890-1926). Most of the properties are located on the site of the former James Arnold Estate and are outstanding examples of the Colonial Revival style

Film release! "The Architecture of Nat Smith"Nathaniel Cannon Smith was perhaps New Bedford’s most important and prolifi...
07/15/2021
History of New Bedford "The Architecture of Nat Smith Historical Walking Tour"

Film release! "The Architecture of Nat Smith"
Nathaniel Cannon Smith was perhaps New Bedford’s most important and prolific home-grown architect. Born in New Bedford in 1866 and graduating from New Bedford High School, he studied architecture at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the western world’s foremost architecture school at the time. Smith opened his own architectural firm in New Bedford in 1893 and was soon became one of the most predominant architects for commercial, religious, and residential designs in the city. Smith worked primarily in the Colonial Revival style.

Nathaniel Cannon Smith was perhaps New Bedford’s most important and prolific home-grown architect. Born in New Bedford in 1866 and graduating from New Bedfor...

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Check out this new video from the New Bedford Preservation Society from their Victorian Homes Walking Tour this summer. #lovewhereyouliveNB
Congratulations to New Bedford’s SHARP Grant Recipients! Mass Humanities recently announced grant awards to 90 organizations in Massachusetts to support the response and recovery of the cultural sector from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. New Bedford organizations continue to showcase the humanities through accessible and innovative programming, and these grants will enable them to sustain that work, build capacity, and develop new programs to serve their communities. Thank you Mass Humanities and congratulations to Spinner Publications New Bedford Historical Society New Bedford Preservation Society New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Cape Verdean Association in New Bedford The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum New Bedford Whaling Museum and YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts
Check out this virtual walking tour from the New Bedford Preservation Society and explore the historical highlights of #downtownNB from the comfort of your own home! #thisisDNB #NewBedford
The pictures are beautiful. The site would be much more inviting and interesting if cations were provided in all. I find myself looking at architectural pictures of great houses and thinking: "I know that house, now where is it?"
Take a tour of some of #NewBedford's most beautiful homes with the New Bedford Preservation Society during next month's #AHAnight! #SummerInTheSeaport #lovewhereyouliveNB #VisitMass
Join Bruce Barnes of New Bedford Preservation Society on a recorded walking tour featuring the work of Nathaniel Cannon Smith, New Bedford’s most important and prolific home-grown architect. https://youtu.be/JK2_LXSUS08
Up Next! Thursday July 8th Summer in the Seaport AHA! Night Sponsored in part by Domino's Team New Bedford Come downtown and celebrate summers arrival in the seaport! - Hip Hop & Maritime Music in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Garden 3rd EyE Unlimited presents the 5 Pillars of Hip Hop Series New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center presents the Johnson Girls - Victorian New Bedford Walking Tour presented by New Bedford Preservation Society - Summer Sound Series in Custom House Square live performances & beer garden presented by Zeiterion Theatre - Seaport Artwalk: Tides & Time artists and curator walking tour - Get Down at Gallery X Live Music with Hula La & The Moby Show: A Whale’s Tale - Mr. Bubble Guy & Roots Run Wild at First Unitarian Church NB - Jazz Music under The Jazz Wall Centre Street Sessions: Bossas, Ballads and Blues presented by Fiber Optic Center & Whaling City Sound - All-Request Alfresco at The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum dj on the lawn & mini-museum tours - Swing by the South End Summer Sparkle Group Exhibit at Judith Klein Art Gallery & Studio #ahanewbedford #downtownNB #02740 #summerintheseaport #meetmeinNB #eatDNB #artDNB #shopDNB #exploreDNB #mylocalMA
Congratulations to the Southeast Massachusetts organizations who have received our Digital Capacity grants. The grants support museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations in reaching their audiences digitally. Handshouse Studio Hull Lifesaving Museum Massachusetts Design Art Technology Institute New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center New Bedford Preservation Society Old Colony History Museum Made possible by: Mass Cultural Council Office of US Congressman Bill Keating Patrick O'Connor Representative David DeCoste Representative Stephen F. Lynch Joan Meschino, State Representative Rep. Antonio F. D. Cabral Jake Auchincloss State Representative Carol Doherty Ed Markey Elizabeth Warren
The New Bedford Preservation Society is starting a series of free in-person walking tours taking place every #AHAnight from May through September. The first one is on May 13 as part of SouthCoast Spring Arts! #SouthCoastSpringArts
Up Next! Thursday May 13th We Art NB AHA! Part of SouthCoast Spring Arts a celebration of the place and presence of the arts in our communities. Sponsored in part by First Citizens' Federal Credit Union Our partners will be presenting both virtual and IRL experiences including: - An Evening of Art & Music with Butch McCarthy live from the The Drawing Room-Anthi Frangiadis Associates Front Porch - CarterMOBILE in Wings Court! Celebrate New Bedford Art Museum's newest exhibit, UnCommon Threads: The Works of Ruth E. Carter - New Exhibit & Stories by Fishing Families with New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center - History Happy Hour hosted by The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum - Historic Walking Tour: The Architecture of Nat Smith with New Bedford Preservation Society - NBSO Behind the Scenes: A special rehearsal with New Bedford Symphony Orchestra musicians - Return of the 5 Pillars of Hip Hop, Presented by 3rd EyE Unlimited & New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park - Swing by the South End! Kim Barry Paintings & Valorie Sheehan Sculptures at the Judith Klein Art Gallery & Studio More event info at https://ahanewbedford.org/events/may-vaha/ #weartNB #southcoastspringarts #virtualreality #ahanewbedford #downtownNB #02740 #meetmeinNB #eatDNB #artDNB #shopDNB #exploreDNB #mylocalMA
This picture of a group of workers in the Carding and Weaving room of the Kilburn Mill shot in 1911 by photographer Hine Lewis Wickes and proudly displayed in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Built in 1903, The Kilburn Mill was regarded as one of the premiere cotton and textile mills in New Bedford and today is the home of one of the city's most beautiful sunset views. Visit Us And Tour The Mill. Shopping. Cafe. Retail and Manufacturing Space. Weddings. Entertainment. Art. New Bedford Historical Society New Bedford Historical Society Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) New Bedford Preservation Society New Bedford South End Friends
Check out this short film from the New Bedford Preservation Society archives. “Homes Built by and for Women” contains a curated selection of New Bedford structures built by, funded by, built for, and owned by New Bedford women. #WomensHistoryMonth