New Bedford Whaling Museum to launch Yankee Baleeiros! traveling exhibition in Dorchester on June 21

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Exhibition celebrates the interwoven stories of the Azorean, Cape Verdean, and Brazilian migration in the United States

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum is pleased to present “Yankee Baleeiros! The Shared Legacies of Luso and Yankee Whalers.” The traveling exhibition celebrates the interwoven Luso-American stories of the Azorean, Cape Verdean, and Brazilian communities in the United States from early immigration in the 18th century through the latter half of the 20th century.

The U.S. Census data suggests that 3 million people in the U.S. self-identify with Portuguese, Cape Verdean or Brazilian ancestry. These distinct cultures are linked historically through heritage, language, and the pursuit of opportunity afforded by the international network of Yankee whaling, with the Port of New Bedford as the major gateway to the American Dream.

The Greater Providence, R.I.-Fall River-New Bedford corridor is home to the largest Portuguese-American community in the U.S. One of the largest Brazilian populations in the U.S. lives in the Greater Boston area. Large Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) communities thrive in the Northeast, California, Florida and New Jersey.

It was on whaling voyages during the 1800’s that Azorean and Cape Verdean mariners first interacted with and often joined American whalers from New Bedford. On the other side of the Atlantic, Brazil also became an influential Lusophone connection through the industry of commercial whaling.

Yankee Baleeiros! explains how the Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) migration is integral to the American story. See how distinct cultures and communities who share similar languages are linked by maritime commerce as well as by similar motivations for coming to the United States.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will debut Yankee Baleeiros! at the Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter’s, 278 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester, June 21 through June 26. In collaboration with the Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter’s and Cape Verdean Community UNIDO, the New Bedford Whaling Museum’ s traveling exhibit in Dorchester will include an opening reception with refreshments and lively music on Saturday, June 21, from 4 - 7 p.m. and closing reception on Thursday, June 26, from 5 – 7 p.m.

Exhibition hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, June 21, from 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 22, from 12 – 6 p.m.
  • Monday, June 23 – Thursday, June 26, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Educational programming will coincide with exhibition hours. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information about the Dorchester show, contact the Teen Center at 617-282-3614.

Following its debut in Dorchester, Yankee Baleeiros! will make its way back to New Bedford for the official New Bedford  Homecoming of the whaleship, Charles W. Morgan. From there, the exhibition will visit the Attleboro Public Library before heading out west to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park where it will be displayed through the end of 2014.

The full 2014 schedule for Yankee Baleeiros! following the Dorchester show is as follows:

  • Charles W. Morgan New Bedford Homecoming
    New Bedford State Pier, Building 2, New Bedford
    Exhibition Dates: Sunday, June 29 – Sunday, July 6
    Exhibition Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Attleboro Public Library
    74 North Main Street, Attleboro
    Exhibition Dates: Monday, July 14 – Friday, August 1
    Exhibition Hours: Mondays 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Thursdays 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
    Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, San Francisco, California
    Exhibition Dates: Saturday, August 30 – Wednesday, December 31.
    Exhibition Hours: Open Daily 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Support for the traveling exhibition is provided by the William M. Wood Foundation, the William E. Schrafft & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, the Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau, and Poyant Signs, Inc.
For more information about the exhibition, visit

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

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. Summer hours through October: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit