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2019 NMHS Annual Meeting & Heritage Conference 15-19 May, New Bedford

The National Maritime Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting in conjunction with “Connecting the Global and Local: The Sea and Maritime Cities,” the 45th Conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History.  Held jointly with NASOH and co-hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, the conference will be held this 15-19 May in historic New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Please save the date! Registration, conference details and sponsorship opportunities are being finalized and will be made available online soon.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott/Fairfield Inn & Suites (185 MacArthur Drive in New Bedford, MA)  at the group rate of $159 – $179/night (plus tax), while available, if booked by 17 April.  Click here to book your room.

New Bedford, Massachusetts:

The city of New Bedford, Massachusetts is a vibrant nexus in oceanic, maritime, and coastal history that has few parallels in North America.  Though possessing immense cultural weight through its association with American whaling industry and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, New Bedford’s maritime history did not begin or end with whaling.  In the second decade of the 21st Century, the city remains the nation’s most valuable fishing port and more than 5,000 people are employed in port-related jobs.  Employment opportunities and the openness of the maritime sectors to immigrant laborers from the whaling era to the present have led to a racially and culturally diverse city and population with enduring ties to Portugal, the Azores, Cape Verde, Norway, and the Atlantic Maritimes. More recently immigrants from Vietnam, Mexico and Central America have found work in the fishing industry.  This is readily apparent in aspects of everyday life such as food ways, ethnic clubs and small businesses.  Centuries of dependence on the unforgiving sea fostered the creation of maritime charities, medical and other social service institutions such as the famous Seamen’s Bethel & Mariners Home and the still active Shaw Fund for Mariner’s Children.  Multicultural in its composition, global in its historical connections with the sea, New Bedford captures maritime North American in all its dimensions.

Call for Papers:

Under the conference theme Connecting the Global and Local: The Sea and Maritime Cities, the program committee invites submissions of individual papers and full sessions (preferring panels with three papers) that identify and explore the dynamic social, cultural, environmental, economic and physical spaces that connects city sea.  Submissions on other topics in maritime history, archaeology and culture are also welcome.  Session and individual paper proposals should include: A) title, not to exceed 10 words; B) abstract, not to exceed 250 words; C) a 200-word bio for the presenter; D) contact information including phone number, address, affiliation, and email. Please submit this information as a single Word document, single-spaced, 12-point Times Roman font, and not as a PDF.  Accommodations for PowerPoint presentations will be provided; any other requirements, including audio-visual equipment, special outlets, or accommodations for disabilities should be included in the proposal. Please note that all participants must register for the conference.  The deadline for proposal submission is March 1, 2019. Please submit proposal packets electronically to the Program Committee at


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