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 takes pride in its past and has hope for its future.

Living the Old House Dream:

An Ask the Expert Series

January 30, February 27 and March 26

5:30 PM at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House Museum & Gardens.    396 County Street, New Bedford

In partnership with the Rotch-Jones-Duff House Museum & Gardens, WHALE presents a three-part series featuring informative presentations from New Bedford City representatives, a preservation consultant, and professionals with hands-on experience working with historic homes. The series will run on January 30, February 27 and March 26. Click for more details and ticket information. 


Bring your questions and love of historic homes! 


WHALE is very pleased to announce that Erin Miranda will join WHALE as next Executive Director beginning August 7, 2023.

Erin Miranda’s experience in historic preservation and non-profits spans nearly two decades. Her career began with college internships and work with the Providence Preservation Society Revolving Fund and even volunteering for WHALE. From 2004 on, she worked with Preservation Massachusetts, building programs including the Preservation Circuit Rider program, as well as policy advocacy, especially with state and federal tax credits. She most recently served as their Executive Director. A lifelong resident of the South Coast with family ties to the City of New Bedford, Erin holds a BS in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University.

WHALE’s members and supporters throughout greater New Bedford will have opportunities later this year to meet Erin in person. Meanwhile, feel free to reach Erin at WHALE to welcome her to our vibrant and vital community of people committed to preserving and enhancing New Bedford‘s rich architectural character and to strengthening New Bedford’s waterfront area, neighborhoods and communities.

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