Friday November 9, 2018 at 7:30PM
Location: Buchanan Auditorium at the Mansfield Public Library
Nancy Shoemaker, Professor of History at the University of Connecticut-Storrs will present a program on the history of the American whaling industry from the vantage point of Mansfield, Connecticut. Like other New England towns, Mansfield contributed laborers to the industry and benefited as consumers of whale products. The program, sponsored by the Mansfield Historical Society, will be held in the Buchanan Auditorium at the Mansfield Public Library (54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield Center) at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $3.00; free admission for MHS members and children under 16.
An industry associated most with coastal New England, whaling had an impact on the entire region, even on inland towns. In the nineteenth century, whaling brought great wealth to the New England economy and, along with other maritime endeavors, made world travelers out of ordinary, young men who hailed from small New England towns.
Dr. Shoemaker is the author of Native American Whalemen and the World: Indigenous Encounters and the Contingency of Race (2015) and Living with Whales: Documents and Oral Histories of Native New England Whaling History (2014).