Cultural Organizations

First Unitarian Church in New Bedford
Corner of Union & County Street
An active urban Unitarian Universalist congregation in historic downtown new
bedford. Head out into the garden & walk the labyrinth or view the
Tiffany Mosaic depicting a seeker on a religious journey.

New Bedford Friends Meeting House 
83 Spring Street
New Bedford Friends (Quaker) Meeting is an active Meeting attended by modern-day Quakers whose beliefs include “a dual commitment to spiritual awareness and social activism”. 
ALL ARE WELCOME at silent worship, held every Sunday morning at 10 – 11am.

New Bedford Historical Society 
Nathan and Polly Johnson House
PO Box 40084
New Bedford, MA 02744
(508) 979-8828

The New Bedford Historical Society is dedicated to interpreting, researching and celebrating the legacy of African-Americans, Cape Verdeans, American Indians, West Indians and other people of color in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

New Bedford Preservation Society, Inc.
388 County Street
P. O. Box 1618
New Bedford, MA 02741
Tues & Thurs (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or by appt.

The Preservation Society is a private, non-profit organization run by private citizens who volunteer their time and effort to annual Holiday House Tours; a Spring House and Garden Tour; historical cemetery tours; a historic marker program; an urban landscaping program (New Bedford Re-Leaf); a self-guided series of interpretive booklets on historic New Bedford neighborhoods and their architecture; lectures on local history and many other programs.

New Bedford Free Public Library
613 Pleasant Street
508 991-6275
Special Collections 508 961-3104
Library Administration 508 991-6279

A free public library since 1852, the New Bedford Free Public Library Art and Archives rooms acquire, preserve and provide access to records created by, for and about the community of New Bedford and the surrounding area. These materials include records of local government, manuscripts, rare printed books, lithographs, paintings, sketchbooks, catalogs, photographs, historical prints, broadsides, sheet music, architectural drawings, oral histories, material on local artists and maps concerned with the history of the community. The Library often hosts exhibits and performances on AHA! Night. 

Pilgrim United Church of Christ / Mercy Meals & More
634 Purchase Street, at the corner of School St.
(508) 997-9086 

This church along with Mercy Meals & More is a programming partner that provides a performance space for community groups and also hosts their own cultural events. See listings for monthly offerings. Church sanctuary features a Tiffany mosaic and window which can be viewed on select AHA! Nights.

The Workers’ Art Center (WAC): 
A collaborative that includes the UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center, the Greater SE Massachusetts Labor Council, and Teamsters Local 59
– The UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center
257 Union Street 
The mission of the Labor Education Center is to serve as a bridge between the university, the labor movement, and the local community.  We create internships for students and offer programming on campus, and in the community, focused on social change for justice and organizing.  An important part of our work is the Workers’ Education Program offering ESOL and adult basic education classes. The Center has offered many cultural programs, including the creation of our Fredrick Douglass Labor History mural, worker photography exhibits, and theater.
– The Greater SE Massachusetts Labor Council
560 Pleasant Street 
A coalition of over 40 affiliated unions and 40,000 affiliated members that works to improve the quality of life for workers and working families across the Greater Southeastern Massachusetts region. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin
– Teamsters Union Local No. 59 
An established Union and part of the International Teamsters Union representing 1.4 million members in the US and Canada. From public defenders in Minnesota; vegetable workers in California; healthcare workers in Rhode Island; airline pilots, police officers, along with many workers in the New Bedford, Cape and Islands area which Local 59 proudly represents. Local 59 represents diverse workers including maintenance, ferry transportation, package car drivers, truck drivers, laundry, airport employees, textile, clerical, teachers, police officers, housing, custodians, production, warehouse, freezer, construction, building materials, public sector, (town and county employees in the water, sewer, DPW, clerical), bus drivers, marine industry, mechanics, dispatchers, service, and many others, since 1933. Teamsters Local 59 is committed to the community through supporting the schools in our area and also supporting numerous local charities and non-profit organizations..

Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE
128 Union St. 
(508) 997-1776

WHALE is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting the value and reuse of greater New Bedford’s historic structures through preservation, education and advocacy. WHALE is supported, in part, by its members and grants from the Island Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Foundation.

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