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WHALE Event Calendar 2019

We hope you join us this year for an event!

Stay tuned for updates.

Community Input Meeting on Orpheum Theater for Reuse and Restoration

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Located at Kilburn Mill, 127 W Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02744

The Community input meeting is an academic exercise hosted by Roger Williams University and WHALE for the potential creative non-theater reuse of the Orpheum Theater!

The Roger Williams University Architecture, Historic Preservation, Art and Planning Department is teaching three courses that focus on the implementation of an architectural and real estate reuse feasibility study for the historic Orpheum Theater in the intersection of downtown New Bedford and the South End neighborhood of the city. The Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) is teaching an interdisciplinary feasibility workshop in tandem with DesignLab’s architecture studio and Heritage Restoration Conservation Lab. The students, professors and University are looking for community input and thank you for consideration of attending!

All are welcome to come share their ideas and community needs!

Hosted by WHALE and Roger Williams University
Sponsored by The 1772 Foundation

For more information and to RSVP please call 508-997-1776 or email For a copy of the event flyer, please click below.



2019 Annual Meeting & Preservation Awards

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Located at Greasy Luck, 791 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA 02740

Join your fellow WHALE members and friends for our annual gathering. All are welcome, members and non-members, to come learn about WHALE’s current preservation projects from Executive Director, Teri Bernert. Cheer on our distinguished group of award winners, while networking and enjoying some light refreshments and (cash) bar.

For more information and to RSVP please call 508-997-1776 or email

Below are photos of 2018 Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards.

Events we’ve enjoyed

Legacy Dinner- Elegant sit-down cocktail hour and dinner to honor WHALE’s contributors over the years and raise funds for its future.

Nostalgia Nights – View WHALE’s photo collection and listen to historic era music.

Architectural Bingo – Win prizes, learn and test your architectural lingo.

“Historic Paints and Finishes” – Lectures in honor of Historic Preservation Month.

Kid’s Rule Scavenger Hunt Search for historic architectural details on downtown New Bedford’s historic buildings. Discover which historic buildings WHALE has saved over the last 50 years. Win a prize!

Build a historic house from the WHALE’s “Towers, Turrets, & Tenements” book- Receive one of these great books illustrated by Arthur Moniz. Children get to choose and put together a particular architectural style seen in and around New Bedford and decorate Christmas style while learning about their city’s cultural heritage.

Site Visits of Current Projects- On select nights WHALE has opened up a restoration in progress for a “peak in” of its plans and development timeline. Current sites include the Co-Creative Center and First Baptist Church.

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