Preserving the Past
Restoring New Bedford's Architectural Treasures
Building the Future
Economic growth for local businesses
Fostering Community
Adapting historical buildings as neighborhood housing
Strengthening Arts & Culture
Restoring architectural gems as venues for arts and culture
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Create a stronger, more prosperous city that understands its past and has hope for its future.

Places that Matter: New Bedford

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WHALE and our partners, the Trust for Public Land, are thrilled at the launch of the Places that Matter: New Bedford project and  the culmination of 2 years of work, outreach and collaboration.
Learn what  Places that Matter: New Bedford is and its potential by joining us for two virtual trainings in June and July! 
Click to get details and register today!

2024 Annual Meeting & Awards

June 26 at the Steeple Playhouse

159 William Street

WHALE will host our annual meeting at the newly restored Steeple Playhouse, a fitting venue for recapping a year of change and new vision for WHALE. The meeting will feature the introduction of our upcoming strategic plan and the return of our Preservation Awards! 

Mark your calendars, doors open at 5:00 pm. More details to come soon. 

Current Projects

Past Projects

Community Impact

Mapping WHALE’s Impact

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Work with WHALE! Summer Intern Opportunity

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Make an Impact: Join WHALE’s Board!

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WHALE’s New Strategic Plan

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Places that Matter: New Bedford’s Launch – May 9!

For the past two years, the Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) and the Trust for Public Land have collaborated on an innovative project called Places that …


A History Lesson

Strategic Planning for the future has a lot of retrospection imbedded in it. Often we look to the past for inspiration, guidance and affirmation of …