Programs & Events



August 4 – 8, 8pm
VIRTUAL Beware the Ides: A Socially-Distant Shakespeare Series
In partnership with The Glass Horse Project
This year’s Shakespeare in NB production takes place at the RJD in a pandemic-proof format: virtual.  “Beware The Ides: A Socially Distant Shakespeare Series” presents select scenes from a groundbreaking, female-led “Caesar”, along with additional scenes and monologues from across Shakespeare’s canon that focus on political and social-justice issues. Featured plays include Richard III, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, and many more, oftentimes with an unexpected spin. “Beware The Ides” will provide audiences with safe, easily-digestible episodes lasting 15 – 20 minutes each across five nights this summer. The episodes will be live-streamed from the grounds of the RJD, or via Zoom, depending on COVID case trends at the time of production. Live-streams begin at 8pm via the RJD Facebook page.

Please check back for more details. This program is supported in part by grants from the New Bedford Local Cultural Council, Fairhaven Local Cultural Council, Dartmouth Local Cultural Council, Mattapoisett Local Cultural Council , Rochester Local Cultural Council and Acushnet Local Cultural Council – all local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Wednesday, August 12, 12pm
Give Me a Bloomin’ Break
Enjoy your lunch break amongst roses, in the parterre garden of the Museum. Rick Finneran, RJD’s Manager of Facilities, gives a 30-minute tour in the garden, addressing design elements and rose care. These tours will be restricted in numbers to allow for social distancing. Free

Thursday, August 13, 3 – 5pm
AHA Night @ the RJD
The Museum House will be open for visitation from 3 to 4pm at no charge (numbers are restricted for your safety). In addition, children can stop by the front porch of the mansion, pick up a free coloring book, and adorn the driveway with chalk art. Guests visiting tonight are asked to wear a mask and practice proper distancing as local signs will indicate.

Thursday, August 20,  3pm
Talk: Daniel Drayton & Photius Fisk
George Kontanis, RJD Docent
Daniel Drayton became known for helping enslaved individuals escape to northern ports in the early to mid 1800s. He is now buried in New Bedford’s Rural Cemetery where his monument has been recently restored. Several men, including Photius Fisk, had a role in Drayton’s honoring.  Hear more about the life of Drayton and Fisk’s efforts to remember him.  Suggested donation: $5.


Thursday, September 10, 5:00pm
VIRTUAL Annual Meeting
(Meeting link TBD)
Join the museum’s staff, board, Corporators and fellow members for a look back at the past year of museum activities and enjoy a special talk with Carrie Taylor, Director, Lippitt House Museum.

To Labor for the Common Good: Recontextualizing the Historic House Museum Experience

Lippitt House has been a landmark for over 150 years – a reflection of the great wealth created in 19th century Providence from manufacturing. But what relevancy does a Victorian mansion have today in our post-industrial age?  Ms. Taylor will discuss the evolving role of historic house museums as a community resource and efforts to engage community through innovative partnerships and programs. This talk is also part of AHA night.

Carrie Taylor came to Providence’s Lippitt House Museum to be its first director in 2013. Prior to leading Lippitt House, Carrie was Registrar and then Collections Manager at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home outside of Charlottesville, Virginia for 15 years. Before moving to Virginia she worked in the Curatorial Department at the Atlanta History Center. She was elected Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in History.  She then earned a master’s degree in Public History with a Museums Studies concentration from the University of South Carolina where she held a graduate assistantship at McKissick Museum in Columbia. She is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Association for State and Local History, the New England Museum Association and the Victorian Society in America. She serves on the Board of the Friends of the Brown University Library and is a graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration.

Tuesday, September 15, 5:30pm
VIRTUAL History Happy Hour: The Herschel Island Baseball League
Mark Procknik, Librarian, New Bedford Whaling Museum
Nick Serpa, Bartender
H3 is a brief talk on a historical topic accompanied by a virtual beer tasting. Local bartender, Nick Serpa focuses on a tasting of IPA’S. Join in from home by purchasing Nick’s choices of brews: Boomsauce (Lord Hobo Brewing, Co), Space Cake (Clown Shoes Beer), or Resin (Sixpoint Brewery). During Arctic whaling voyages when the winter ice made cruising for whales difficult, whalemen needed to pass the time until spring. During the winter of 1895, they formed an informal baseball league with scores and statistics recorded in a journal kept by Captain Hartson Bodfish. Suggested donation: $5 Members/ $10 Public. Click here to register for this online event.



Saturday, October 3, 10am – 4pm
Open House

Come explore the mansion and enjoy programming throughout the day. Exhibiting artist, Faith Baci, will be doing a tatting demonstration from 11am to 1pm.  Donations accepted in lieu of admission. Please call ahead to schedule your visit time.


Thursday, October 8, 5:30pm
Dr. Marie Equi and the Suffrage Movement
Dan Everton, Historian

Who is Dr. Marie Equi? Did you know New Bedford had a suffrage march on 8th Street? Equi has gained attention lately given her role as an activist in the suffrage movement and her inclusion in New Bedford’s Lighting the Way tour. Part of AHA night. Free. Register for this online event.


Thursday, October 15, 4pm – 8pm
The Great Pumpkin Parade

Visit the grounds of the RJD (396 County Street) to see a display of Jack-O-Lanterns, carved with care by community members. Inside the mansion, children can participate in a scavenger hunt with prizes. Capacity limits will be enforced. Refreshments served. Suggested donation: $5 Individuals / $10 Family.

Tuesday, October 20, 3pm
VIRTUAL Tambour Talk
Judy Lund

Tambour, from the French word for “drum”, is a type of chain stitch embroidery. One of its practitioners and an artist with work on display in the current exhibition, Sewful Work, will demonstrate the method and speak about some work in her own collection. Suggested donation: $5 Members/ $10 Public. Register for this on line event. 

Tuesday, October 27, 5:30 pm
VIRTUAL History Happy Hour
New Bedford’s LGBTQ Archive
Dan Everton, Historian
Nick Serpa, Bartender
H3 is a brief talk on a historical topic accompanied by a virtual beer tasting. Local bartender, Nick Serpa will recommend a brew or two for you to share from home while you watch. With its launch in June 2020, the New Bedford LGBTQ+ Archive has led to insights about the history and lives of the LGBTQ+ community in New Bedford. Learn about its inception, what has been collected, and how the archive contributes to a larger national and academic conversation about this often overlooked history. Suggested donation: $5 Members / $10 Public. Register for this online event. 


Tuesday, November 10, 5:30pm
History Happy Hour: The Black Sheep by Francis Davis Millet
Alexandra Copeland, Art Curator, New Bedford Free Public Library
Nick Serpa, Bartender

H3 is a brief talk on a historical topic accompanied by a virtual beer tasting. Local bartender, Nick Serpa will recommend a brew or two for you to share from home while you watch. Hear about an artwork in the NBFPL collection, including tragic details from the piece’s acquisition after the artist’s death aboard the Titanic. Suggested donation: $5 Members / $10 Public.  Register in advance for this live virtual event!

Thursday, November 12, 5:30pm
New Bedford Through Photo Journalism

Peter Pereira
A career photographer and photojournalist speaks about his work over the years. Part of AHA night. Free admission. Register in advance for this live virtual event:.

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