Portuguese American Journal

Community: Whaling Museum launches Portuguese language website – New Bedford, MA

The New Bedford Whaling Museum has launched a Portuguese version of its website timed to coincide with New Bedford’s opening ceremony for the international Day of Portugal celebrations.

The website will increase access to information about Whaling Museum programs, exhibitions, research, and scholarship.

More than 300 pages of the Museum’s content-rich website have been translated. Supplementing the English version is new Portuguese content provided by the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society, and the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association (SEMA). Staff will continue to maintain and update the website to reflect new developments and upcoming Museum and partner programming.

“The new Portuguese-language website builds on important cultural partnerships between New Bedford, Cabo Verde, the Azores, and the Whaling Museum. It reflects the Museum’s community-centric approach to its role as an educational institution,” said James Russell, President and CEO of the Museum.

The Museum worked closely with its Portuguese Advisory Committee and Cabo Verde Advisory Committee to develop the Portuguese website, with funding from the Luso-American Development Foundation and the Island Foundation, and with advice from the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford.

The website offers access to a bounty of educational resources, including a new museum-based curriculum being developed for primary school students on two islands in Cabo Verde. This educational initiative will help students explore their whaling legacy and through this, discover the achievements of thousands of kinsmen, while connecting that experience to the United States.

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Source: New Bedford Whaling Museum