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Old Dartmouth Historical Society-New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA 02740-6398)
Christina Connett (Project Director: January 2017 to October 2021)
A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage 'Round the World

Development of a traveling exhibition, digital content, and public programs based on a 19th-century panorama painting.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM) will develop a traveling exhibition titled A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World. This exhibition features one of the longest and most distinguished paintings in the United States, the 1,275’ Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World, an authentic and arresting depiction of a 19th-century whaling voyage. Painted by two New Bedford artists, the Panorama travelled the United States between the 1850s and 1870s as a moving picture show. It has not been shown in its entirety or as it was originally intended since the 1870s. The Panorama contains broad content related to history, industry, and geography, and conveys themes of globalization, cultural diversity, popular literature, and visual culture. The traveling exhibition will debut in New Bedford, MA in 2018, and then travel to Mystic, CT in late 2018. The project also includes the development of digital content and educational programs.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Exhibitions: Planning

Public Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 7/31/2018