The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center recently announced the opening of “Salted, Pickled & Smoked: Preserving the Cultural Heritage of New Bedford’s Fishing Community,” an exhibit of fishing community artifacts.

The center has been digitizing photographs and artifacts from the local fishing community for the past year and the exhibit highlights some of the most interesting photographs, documents, objects and stories that have been shared.

The project is a collaboration involving the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, University Archives and Special Collections at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Clair T. Carney Library at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MIT Sea Grant, the New Bedford Free Public Library and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. 

The exhibit was curated by FHC Executive Director Laura Orleans and New Bedford Free Public Library Art Curator Janice Hodson.

The exhibit will be on display on the 3rd floor of the New Bedford Free Public Library (613 Pleasant Street) from Nov. 10, 2016 through Jan. 7, 2017.  

An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Maritime Anthropologist Madeleine Hall-Arber will present a short talk about the project at 7 p.m.

Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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