For planning purposes, it is greatly appreciated if you register for RJD programs. Registration and minimum bookings are required for certain programs.

Calendar – Lectures and Workshops are funded by the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation 

EBT Card to Culture is a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Department of Transitional Assistance.

The RJD is happy to honor $3 admission for House Tours and 20% off program registration fees to all guests that present a valid EBT card. Call the Museum for more information and to learn more about the program! 



A Salute to Service • World War I Centennial Exhibit
Currently Open during Museum Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Although the United States did not enter WW I until 1917, young Americans volunteered as ambulance drivers to save French lives on the front line prior to our engagement. One of them was New Bedford resident William Rotch Bullard (1893-1953), grandson of William Rotch Jr., and father of Peter Bullard. Enjoy a small exhibit in the Upstairs Gallery featuring William’s military attire, diaries, photos and a collection of wartime sketches. William drove an ambulance for the Norton Harjes Ambulance Service with the French Army Section from July of 1916 to June of 1917. He then served with Section 61, Chefadjoint, from June to October of 1917 and was wounded at Verdun on August 20, 1917. He served with the French Army on Verdun (1916), Champagne, Chemin des Dames and Verdun (1917) fronts. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery, Nov. 29, 1917, in France, and served with the 65th Artillery in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives and was promoted to First Lieutenant Oct. 11, 1918. 


Thursday, April 12th • 6:00 pm • AHA! Evening  
Growing Heirloom Tomatoes with Bob Feingold

Bob has been growing heirloom tomatoes since the mid-eighties. He starts between 40-50 varieties in his greenhouse and sells about 1,800 plants for charity and grows about 200 plants to supply several restaurants and his roadside farm stand on Horseneck Road. His presentation will focus on the how and why of heirloom tomatoes and how these varieties and other heirloom veggies benefit the sustainability efforts. A slideshow and source material handouts will complement the discussion; no fee.


Saturday, April 14th • 9:00 am • Workshop
Rose Planting with Stephen Scanniello

We have over 150 new roses to plant in the RJD boxwood rose parterre. This is YOUR chance to be part of this great garden. You will learn the proper rose planting techniques from rosarian Stephen Scanniello who will oversee planting. Take pride in being part of this project and during the growing season, you can visit “your babies” and say “Yeah, I planted those!” Please be on time and bring gloves, and garden clippers and be prepared to work in the dirt!

Make a $20 donation in support of our rose garden renewal and take home a snazzy limited-edition RJD hat, compliments of AHEAD Hats.

April Vacation Week at RJD – April 17th – 20th

Visit the RJD for some fun with your children during April vacation week. Young visitors can take a scavenger hunt throughout the museum, searching in the nooks of this 184 year-old house for clues.

Children receive free admission all week. Their adult companions pay $6 admission. Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn more about April Staycation 2018 with Destination NB and the Seaport Cultural District.

Wednesday, April 18th • 7:00 pm • Lecture
Stories of Enslavement in Little Compton with Marjory Gomez O’Toole

Join Executive Director of the Little Compton Historical Society, Marjory Gomez O’Toole and author of the 2016 publication If Jane Should Want to Be Sold: Stories of Enslavement, Indenture and Freedom in Little Compton, Rhode Island. She will share the stories of Hannah, Jane, Sampson Shaw, Henry Manton, Moselle Gray and other local people of color impacted by New England’s 200-year-long practice of slavery, forced indenture and partial freedom. The stories will illuminate the strong ties between Little Compton, Westport, Dartmouth and New Bedford and focus on the very personal nature of bondage in the North. Ms. O’Toole’s research has focused on primary source documents and has returned the voices of 200 enslaved people of Native American and African American descent to the area’s local history. Books will be available for purchase.

Members $12; non-members $15.

Wednesday, May 2nd • 7:00 pm • Lecture
Special Homes of Fairhaven with Historian Beth Luey

Join Beth Luey, author of House Stories: The Meanings of Home in a New England Town, for a virtual tour of several historic homes in Fairhaven. Using letters, diaries, church and business records, and newspaper accounts, coupled with recollections of neighbors who knew them, Beth introduces a diverse cast of characters who lived in these houses at various times–among them a Japanese castaway, a self-made millionaire, a religious pioneer, and an entrepreneurial immigrant. Beth will also include information from her new book about notable historic houses in Massachusetts, including the RJD. Books will be available for purchase.

Members $12; non-members $15.

Monday, May 14th • 1:00 pm • Friends of the RJD Program
Old South Burying Ground Talk with Historian Kathryn Grover

Griffin Street Cemetery (sometimes called the Common or Old South Burying Ground) is the oldest surviving cemetery in New Bedford and the only one remaining in the city’s commercial core. Though it has suffered from decades of deferred or no maintenance, it contains the earliest grave markers in the city and the only surviving examples of the work of some of the region’s best-known early carvers. Griffin Street Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. This illustrated talk is drawn from research undertaken for the National Register nomination. Friends of the RJD program; no fee.

Tuesday, May 15th • 7:00 pm • Concert
Annual RJD Student Jazz Fest

The Museum will host its annual evening of jazz under the terrace tent featuring the area’s premier high school and middle school jazz bands. Enjoy a broad range of musical styles—from big band swing to upbeat Latin jazz, as the students showcase their energy, style and musical talent. Seating provided; the concert will be held rain or shine; no fee.

Saturday, May 19th • 10:00 am • Workshop
Create a Silk Scarf with Susan Czernicka

Indigo dye was the source of the blue coloration of denim jeans, Civil War uniforms, and the stripes in our flag. Susan Czernicka, a textile artist working with indigo dye, will give an illustrated talk about the history of indigo and a demonstration of her shibori technique on dying silk scarves, before guiding participants in trying their hand at dying a scarf to take home in this two-hour workshop in the Coachman’s House.

All materials included: $35 per person.


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