Common Ground: A Community Mosaic asks, “What’s your story?”

Jun 11, 2020

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is calling on members of the Greater New Bedford community to contribute stories about their lives, family histories, neighborhoods, and more for a project called Common Ground: A Community Mosaic. For the next three years, the Museum will be collecting and sharing these stories to tell the collective story of Greater New Bedford. Common Ground will culminate in an exhibition in 2022. You don’t have to be an expert story teller to submit – just a community member with something to share. Go to for details and to lend your voice.

President and CEO Amanda D. McMullen said, “The New Bedford Whaling Museum was founded 117 years ago with the goal of preserving our region’s vibrant history to use as a lens for learning. At this historic time, Common Groundwill be building a repository of the lived experiences and memories of the people of Greater New Bedford; a resource for future generations to turn to for learning.”

New Bedford is an extraordinary place where different paths from around the world have intersected and defined the city’s character. Akeia de Barros Gomes, PhD, Curator of Social History commented, “Common Ground will highlight diversity and inclusion in the city while also acknowledging historical issues around race, ethnicity, and immigration. At its heart, this is an oral history project – history told by the people themselves, not defined by institutions. Common Ground will provide a platform for the hidden and quieted voices of the region, which have often been omitted from official historical narratives.”