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42nd Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade

Schooner Ernestina Commissioners Laura Pires-Hester and Gene Monteiro invite you to march with the Schooner Ernestina representatives.  CONTACT us for details.

Meghan Kish Named Superintendent of NBWNHP

Philadelphia, PA – Meghan Kish has been selected as the next superintendent to lead New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and Roger Williams National Memorial. Kish replaces Jennifer Nersesian, who is now superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area. Kish most … Continue reading


In 2014 we celebrate Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey’s 120th year.  The first event of that celebration was a lecture organized by Judy Farrar of the the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections at the University of Massachusetts at … Continue reading

120 Years of Maritime History

This year we will be celebrating Ernestina-Morrissey’s 12oth anniversary.  The Schooner Ernestina Commission is planning several events to commemorate this significant year. 120 years ago, on Feb. 1, 1894, a scene similar to this one would have occurred as Effie … Continue reading

Thank you, Jen! Welcome, Laurel! Congratulations Frank!

Jennifer T. Nersesian has been selected as the next superintendent to lead Gateway National Recreation Area. This facility is one of the top 10 most visited National Parks.  Jen will be the only woman superintendent assigned to those 10 parks.  We … Continue reading

10th Annual Working Waterfront Festival

The 10th Annual Working Waterfront Festival drew large crowds with two days of beautiful weather to enjoy the music and food and the New Bedford waterfront. Nearly 2,000 visitors came aboard Ernestina for a tour.  We had a wonderful turnout … Continue reading

Welcome Commissioner Murray

Jack Murray was recently appointed as DCR Commissioner to replace Ed Lambert who has taken a position with University of Massachusetts – Boston.   We thank Ed for his work to assure a good future for Ernestina and wish him … Continue reading

There Was Dancing in the Streets of New Bedford

There was “Dancing in the Streets” to celebrate the 31st anniversary of Schooner Ernestina’s return and gift from Cape Verde to the United States in 1982.  The event was part of New Bedford’s AHA! nights. The Accordion and percussion trio … Continue reading


Peggy was an incredible person with a magnetic personality.  She was the ultimate survivor, which made her passing from lung cancer on November 2000, about a week after her birthday, so hard to take in…(Sister Kathie Talbot, July 2013) …everyone … Continue reading

“Dancing in the Streets” for Ernestina-Morrissey.

There will be “Dancing in the Streets” as we celebrate the 31st anniversary of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey’s return and gift from Cape Verde to the United States with a traditional Cape Verdean street dance procession through Downtown to the Cape Verdean-American … Continue reading

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