Whaling, Wealth, Women and the Making of New Bedford

In partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Part of a series : Land, Water, and the Human Geography of Early America: Learning from Places

Focal Skills and Dispositions

Analyzing point of view and purpose, Developing Cross-Cultural Sensitivity, Inquiry


6 PDPs / 1 graduate credit if all three programs in the series are completed


Partnership educators: no cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit)
Non-partnership educators: $200 (plus fee for 1 graduate credit)

Especially for educators of grades 3-12.

In the early decades of the 19th century, the whaling industry transformed New Bedford into a city characterized by diversity and economic opportunities. The New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the South Coast project provide an excellent opportunity to study the intersection of geography, industry, and community.

Join us as we visit the museum’s galleries and selected locations on the Lighting the Way Walking Trail, to understand the social, cultural, and economic influences of the whaling industry on New Bedford’s past and present. In addition, we will examine primary sources from the museum archives, accessing the voices of women whose lives were shaped by their proximity to and participation in whaling. In doing so we will work to uncover the ways that the experiences and wealth they derived from the whaling industry shaped New Bedford through philanthropic, entrepreneurial, civic, and educational endeavors.

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


Contact Sara Clamage at sara@primarysource.org.

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.


* Registration is closed *