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GE-50587-12Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning GrantsNew Bedford Whaling MuseumNew Bedford: The Commercial and Industrial Evolution of an American Port City2/1/2013 - 8/31/2014$40,000.00AlisonMeyerSmart   New Bedford Whaling MuseumNew BedfordMA02740-6398USA2012Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning GrantsPublic Programs400000400000

Planning for a long-term exhibition, public programs, and educational materials on the history of commerce and industry in New Bedford, Massachusetts, following the decline of whaling, the city's founding industry.

The Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum seeks funding to plan a multidisciplinary exhibition telling a series of interconnected stories of how individual risk takers and their families built an efficient, self-reinforcing business network in New Bedford, New England and throughout the world using profits earned through whaling. As whaling entered its decline, these family networks used their successful investment and management systems to strategically diversify, building on their strengths in banking, finance and insurance, into pioneering start-ups in railroads, textiles, manufacturing and trade and commercial fishing. The project will also demonstrate why, after several periods of prosperity, many of these industries, so innovative at their inception, declined--a rise and fall that created the urban, social environment of today.