Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Old Houses of Old Dartmouth"

Here's a program that folks might enjoy.  It looks like a great program from the New Bedford Whaling Museum that is coming up in October.

Lecture: "Old Houses of Old Dartmouth," 
with Bob Maker

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Start Time: 6:45 pm
(Time Zone: US/Eastern)

Location: Museum Theater

Category: Public Calendar


Local historian, writer and long-time friend of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Bob Maker, will explore a remarkable collection of turn-of-century photographs from an unpublished volume, titled “Photographs of Houses and Public Buildings in New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Dartmouth and Westport.”

Donated to the Society in 1907 by Herbert and Anna Cushman, the volume contains photographs by Fred W. Palmer and text by local historian Henry B. Worth, who collaborated to document the oldest buildings still standing in the original township of Old Dartmouth.

Beginning in 1904, Palmer photographed of over 200 buildings with construction dates ranging from the late 1600s to the 1840s. His are the only known images for many buildings outside New Bedford.

Henry Worth visited and meticulously researched each of the buildings, tracing deeds back to the earliest records. He consulted town meeting records, maps, interviewed property owners, descendants of builders and earlier owners. Worth’s text combines this information with his own extensive knowledge of architecture and building construction.

Worth was a significant figure in the early years of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, the governing body of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. He wrote the annual “Report of the Historical Research Section” from 1904 to 1911, and authored a number of the early Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches.

Bob maker conceived of the Palmer & Worth project to make these rare images available to the greater New Bedford region through the Museum's Depts. of Digital Initiatives, Photography, and the Research Library. He also completed a full transcription of the text.

Museum volunteer Penny Cole, also worked with Bob to prepare the images and their cataloging.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Dartmouth and Fairhaven Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Contact: Arthur Motta
Phone: 508-997-0046, ext. 153

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