Programs & Events
Wednesday, February 3, 5:30pm
Lecture with Dr. Sarah Crabtree
Professor Crabtree will discuss the extraordinary story of William Rotch, a man accused of treason by three different countries in just under two decades. A pacifist, Rotch opposed the late eighteenth-century wars for independence and empire. But as an innovative and dominant force within the whaling industry, his movements during the Age of Revolution were at least as much about avoiding tariffs as avoiding war. Rotch and his family charted a brand new course in a brave new world, and for this, he both suffered immeasurably and profited enormously. As we approach the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, we take stock of the family whose ships courted controversy around the world and the legacies of those decisions that continue to resonate today. Pre-Registration for this virtual event has closed.
Pre-recorded Lecture : Posted to RJD’s YouTube Channel
Talk by Paul Finneran
Robert Smalls was born into slavery, but as a freed man, he became known as a politician, publisher, businessman, and naval pilot. Hear more about this man who began on his path to freedom by commandeering a confederate ship in 1862. A link to this PRE-RECORDED talk will be made available for viewing HERE later this month. This recording replaces the formerly scheduled live talk – we apologize for any inconvenience.
Unless noted otherwise, all WINTER programs will be broadcast VIRTUALLY, on the Zoom platform. Click on “Register” to register for any virtual or in-person program.
Thursday, March 11 5:30pm
Artist’s Talk with Laura Christensen
Visual artist Laura Christensen paints on recovered vintage portraits in order to retell old stories and invent new ones. Her additions are often uncanny, but blend seamlessly with the original photographs. Her latest exhibition, opening March 18 within the historic rooms of the County Street mansion, includes her response to the collections and histories of the Rotch, Jones and Duff families. Learn more about her creative process and reinterpretation of history through altered images of the past. This event is free as a part of AHA night. Register in advance for this VIRTUAL talk.
Wednesday, March 24, 5:30pm
History Happy Hour
The 2021 season of H3 invites a local personality to talk about their favorite object in the RJD Museum: this month’s guest is Jordan Latham, Director of Advocacy and Resource Development at New Bedford’s YWCA. As a complement to their talk, Museum staff adds historical context about the same object. Rounding out happy hour, Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru, does a demonstration of mixology magic. Join him to mix (and taste) a cocktail from the comfort of your kitchen. Suggested donation: $5 Members / $8 Public. Register in advance for this VIRTUAL event.
Thursday, April 08, 5:30pm
Growing Roses Organically
Talk by Dr. Paul Raymond
Grow beautiful roses without a lot of chemicals. Dr. Raymond has been growing roses for over ten years and is a certified Consulting Rosarian of the American Rose Society. He will explain a fundamental holistic approach to easy rose care, from planting to cutting. This event is free as a part of AHA Night. Register in advance for this VIRTUAL talk.
Wednesday April 14, 5:30pm
The Physical Science of Climate Change
Lecture by Dr. Peter Raymond
Join us to learn about the history of climate change science and how modern-day greenhouse gas concentrations are maintained. Dr. Raymond is a professor of Ecosystem Ecology at the Yale School of the Environment where he studies greenhouse gas exchange between ecosystems and the atmosphere and teaches The Physical Science of Climate Change. Register in advance: $8 Members / $10 Public.Once you register, the virtual program link will be sent to you.
Week of April 19: Vacation Week Activities for Children TBD
Thursday, May 13, 5:30pm
History Happy Hour
The 2021 season of H3 invites a local personality to talk about their favorite object in the RJD Museum: this month’s guest is Jesse Holstein, Concert Master at the NBSO. As a complement to their talk, Museum staff adds historical context about the same object. Rounding out happy hour, Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru, does a demonstration of mixology magic. Join him to mix (and taste) a cocktail from the comfort of your kitchen. Suggested donation: $5 Members / $8 Public. Register in advance for this VIRTUAL event.
Tuesday, May 18, 1pm
Harriet Jacobs In New Bedford
Talk and Book-Signing with Peggi Medeiros
In 1861, Harriet Ann Jacobs published a masterpiece, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Her book is the first and only narrative to give voice to a woman who escaped slavery. Cornelia Grinnell Willis not only purchased Harriet’s freedom, but she also developed a bond with Harriet and her daughter, Louisa, that lasted a lifetime. Join author and local historian Peggi Medeiros as she traces the fascinating lives of the Jacobs, Grinnell and Willis families in and out of New Bedford. Fee: $5 Members / $8 Public / Free with purchase of book. This event will run in the garden, under the tent.
Thursday, June 10, 5:30pm – 7pm
Open House at the Mansion
Drop by the estate at 396 County Street for brief guided tours of the mansion, lawn games, and refreshments. This on-site event is free as a part of AHA night.
Sunday, June 13, 2pm
Chamber Music in the Garden
With Jesse Holstein and Ealain McMullin
Enjoy an afternoon of music for strings. Originally part of a magazine subscription, Georg Philip Telemann’s “Gulliver’s Suite” from 1728 is a musical depiction of fantastical lands visited in Jonathan Swift’s iconic “Gulliver’s Travels.” From dancing giants to tiny Lilliputians scampering about, this score is one of Telemann’s most unusual and colorful works. Based upon classical and folk music from Armenia and Turkey as well original material, Kristapor Najarian’s “A Tale for Two Violins” was written in 2014 to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. It is a six movement suite filled with folklore and evocative sound worlds.
Acerbic and dissonant, but in a most captivating way, Sergei Prokofiev’s Duo for dueling violins was the Russian master’s response to hearing “bad” music. This pithy four movement work runs the gamut for the two violins from a tender and loving dialog to an outright sword fight.
Finally, a very entertaining version of Munro Leaf’s classic children’s story of Ferdinand the Bull for violin and narrator with music Alan Ridout. Rest assured, there will be some shenanigans. This concert takes place rain or shine, on the tented patio. Purchase Tickets On Line: $10 Members / $15 Public.
Sunday, June 20, 7pm
Solstice Poetry Reading
Join local poets to hear their latest work read live, amongst the roses of the RJD garden. This event will run in the garden. Donations accepted in lieu of a fee.
Wednesday, June 23, 12pm
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, rose care, and the history of the neighborhood. Donations accepted in lieu of fee.