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Welcome to New Bedford, Massachusetts—a city on the Acushnet River and Buzzards Bay, continually rising and falling with the American story.

In the first extensive city history to be published in decades, A Picture History of New Bedford in two volumes captures the city’s journey with hundreds of photographs and stories.

In this first volume, spanning the 1600s to 1925, Spinner Publications traces New Bedford’s story from native Wampanoag hunting ground, straight-laced Quaker enclave and world-class whaling powerhouse to Underground Railroad stronghold, prolific textile center and fledgling fishing port.

Flip through these pages and find the stories of significant events about the founding of New Bedford, industrialization, war and economic development as well as tales of personal downfalls and triumphs. Read about the native Wampanoag, early settlers, King Philip’s War, African American contributions and the Underground Railroad. Witness the waves of immigrants—English, Portuguese, French Canadian, Irish, Italian, Cape Verdean, Polish, Jewish and others—who shaped the character and culture of the city’s architecture, recreation, industry, religions, artwork, politics, literature, language, cuisine and song.

Watch New Bedford as it rises to world leader of whaling and textiles. See the ships that brought home the riches. Step inside the mansions on the hill. Enter the workplaces of craftsmen and mill operatives. Listen to the church bell warn of slave catchers. Fight a fire with a hand pump engine. Witness the rowdy Ark Riots. Discover the historical basis of public school issues. Relive the controversy of naked Narcissus, the widening of Purchase Street and the rhythm of Lincoln’s lecture. Send off the troops, and welcome them home. Ride along at the horse races, and take a trip on the first ferry, trolley and railroad.

Travel back with us and experience New Bedford.

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Limited edition, signed hardcover with dust jacket ~ isbn 978-0932027-22-1  •  Out of Print
Sturdy paperback with sewn binding ~ isbn 978-0932027-21-4  • $35.00
320 pages  •  9” x 11”  •  700+ photos

A Picture History of New Bedford

Volume One — 1602~1925

  1. Ansel Gurney House - Rochester

  2. Arthur Moniz Gallery - New Bedford

  3. Artworks! at Dover Street - New Bedford

  4. Baker Books - New Bedford

  5. Bedford Merchant - New Bedford

  6. Booksmith - Orleans

  7. Bookstall - Marion

  8. Bourassa Hardware - New Bedford

  9. Bristol County Savings Bank
        Rockdale Avenue New Bedford
        Acushnet Avenue New Bedford
        Ashley Blvd. New Bedford

  10. Bunch of Grapes - Vineyard Haven

  11. Davoll's General Store - Dartmouth

  12. Edgartown Books

  13. Euro Phoenix - Fairhaven

  14. Gotta Have It! - Fairhaven

  15. Isaiah Thomas Books - Cotuit

  1. Marine Museum of Fall RIver

  2. Mitchell's Book Corner - Nantucket

  3. Moby Dick Retail - New Bedford

  4. New Bedford Art Museum

  5. New Bedford Ocean Explorium

  6. New Bedford Whaling Museum

  7. Newsbreak, Inc. - Swansea / New Bedford

  8. Old Company Store - Wareham

  9. Orchard Street Manor - New Bedford

  10. Parnassus Book Service - Yarmouth

  11. Partners Village Store - Westport

  12. Rotch-Jones-Duff Museum - New Bedford

  13. Spinner Publications - New Bedford

  14. Subtext Bookshop - New Bedford

  15. Symphony Music Shop - New Bedford

  16. The Surrey Shoppe - New Bedford

  17. Town Wharf General Store - Mattapoisett

  18. Wamsutta Antiques - New Bedford

Where can I purchase the book?

Sponsored in Part by

Diane Gilbert

James J. Mello

Alice (Sylvia) Rose

Carlos DaCunha

October 2015

Volume Two



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