Thursday, September 12, 5:30pm
AHA Night at the RJD: To Have and to Hold, Tour of the Exhibition
Blair Walker, Curator and Manager of Collections, RJD
Walk through the RJD’s current exhibition of wedding costume and memories tracing back to various families that lived in and were associated with the mansion. Free



Sunday, September 15, 2pm
House Tour
Enjoy one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Tours are conducted by various RJD Docents and staff. Free with the price of admission.



Thursday, September 19, 5:30pm
Domestick Beings – The 18th Century Woman
Gail White Usher
This illustrated lectures explores the lives and work of New England women of the middling sort. Gail White Usher is an educator and researcher working in New England’s history. She is currently Education Coordinator for Historic New England based at Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut. She also oversees programs at Arnold House in Lincoln, Rhode Island and at Roseland Cottage. $10 Members / $15 Public / $5 Students with I.D.


Sunday September 22, 2pm
An Afternoon of Chamber Music at the RJD
In partnership with NBSO
Join New Bedford Symphony Orchestra musicians Jesse Holstein and Peter Zay for an early afternoon concert of music for violin and cello. The program opens with the genial Mozart Sonata for Violin and Viola, K. 423 (arranged for violin and cello) followed by the fascinating and inventive Duo by the 20th Century Hungarian composer, educator, and ethnomusicologist Zoltan Kodaly. The lush “Meditation” from the opera “Thais” by French composer Jules Massenet followed by the virtuosic Passacaglia by Handel and arranged by the Norwegian violinist/conductor/composer Johan Halvorsen will round out the program.
Tickets: $20 RJD Members / $25 Public / $10 Students with I.D.



Thursday, October 10, 5:30pm
AHA Night at the RJD: Talk on “Grungewave”
Elizabeth Beasley, RJD Collections Intern

Grungewave has origins in the 1990s grunge subculture. Beasley conducted her thesis on this group, studying grunge musicians, fashion, and bloggers. Her research explores how this sub-group fit into larger fashion culture and how ideas of identity and authenticity are expressed through apparel and style. Free.

Wednesday, October 16, 7pm
Tea for Three
In partnership with Your Theater
Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, Tea for Three humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving; a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. Share the journey of each as she deals with the fishbowl of First Ladydom. What is it like for a woman when her husband becomes president of the United States? Each woman confides her answer to the audience, and secrets are spilled about their husbands’ rise to power.

Tickets: $15 RJD Members / $20 Public / $10 Students with I.D. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Friday, October 18, 6pm – 9pm
Mystery at the Mansion Masquerade!
A cocktail party with a suspenseful twist!
It was a chilly Autumnal evening when the bride-to-be, Elizabeth Rotch Arnold, suddenly collapsed to the floor gasping what would be her final breath. Suspicious circumstances suggested foul play. Come to the RJD and experience an evening of suspense, following the clues that might solve this mystery at the mansion. Ticket price includes open bar, heavy d’oeuvres, and music on the patio, as well as a dramatic guided experience in the mansion. $70 early bird ticket (before October 1) / $80.

Sunday, October 20, 2pm
House Tour
Enjoy one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Tours are conducted by various RJD Docents and staff.
Free with the price of admission.

Monday, October 21, 5pm – 7pm
Jack-o-Lantern Happy Hour

Carve and contribute a pumpkin for the Great Pumpkin Parade! Bring your own carving tools and pumpkin; RJD provides refreshments. Jack-o-Lanterns will be exhibited in the RJD’s Great Pumpkin Parade. Free.



Sunday, November 10, 2pm
House Tour
Enjoy one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Tours are conducted by various RJD Docents and staff.  Free with the price of admission.

Thursday, November 14, 5:30pm
AHA Night at the RJD: Talk on New England Glass
Kirk J. Nelson, Executive Director, The New Bedford Museum of Glass
New Bedford was celebrated as the “art glass capitol of the country” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its famous Mt. Washington and Pairpoint glass factories employed more than 1,200 workers during this period. This lecture will survey their innovative and beautiful products using examples from the extensive collection of the New Bedford Museum of Glass. The museum’s recent move to County Street keeps this important collection in the city. Free.

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30pm
Reading the Clues: Recognizing the History of Your Old House
Sally Zimmerman, Architectural Historian
If you are a new owner of an old house, you may be wondering about how it’s changed over time and how you might go about bringing back some of its better attributes. Learn to read the clues about how old houses are frequently modified and how to uncover the history of your old house to reveal its best features. Understand how old houses evolve and why preserving them matters This illustrated lecture is followed by a question and answer session; bring your old house project questions!

$10 Members / $15 Public / $5 Students with I.D.

Sally Zimmerman, whose background is in architectural history and preservation planning, joined Historic New England’s Historic Preservation Team in 2006, after many years on the staff of the Cambridge MA Historical Commission. In addition to her work managing Historic New England’s Homeowner Services program, which supports homeowners with best practices preservation advice, Ms. Zimmerman is a co-author of Painting Historic Exteriors: Colors, Application, and Regulation, and the developer of “20th Century Colors of America” paint palette, a documented range of colors of the recent past produced by California Paints. She previously worked as a Preservation Planner at the Cambridge Historical Commission and before that served as Director of Preservation Planning for the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Ms. Zimmerman is also a frequent lecturer on energy efficiency in historic and older houses.


Sundays, December 1 & 8, 4pm
Mondays, December 2 and 9, 2pm 
Afternoon Tea in the Parlors

Enjoy tea and scones in the festively decorated double parlors of the mansion.  Your ticket fee includes admission to the museum. Festive dress is encouraged. $25 Members / $30 Public     Advance reservations required.

December 6, 4pm – 6pm
Fruitcake Friday

Before you rush home, stop by the museum for a look at the festive decorations, a browse through the museum shop, a sip of cider and a bite of everyone’s favorite holiday food.  Free with admission.

Sunday, December 15, 4pm
Children’s Tea
Bring your favorite doll or plushy animal friend for tea in the decorated parlors of the mansion. Dress-up is encouraged, but not at all required. Fee includes tea and desserts. Recommended for ages 5 and up, with adult companion. $25 Member adult / $30 Public adult /$10 per child.

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 FREE admission for four to all guests who present a valid EBT card.See full details at

Education Programs are funded by the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation.


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