Free Lecture: Sidelights and Details of California Shore-Whaling, 1852-1901
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The Old Monterey Foundation presents a free lecture by Stuart M. Frank entitled Sidelights and Details of California Shore-Whaling 1852-1901 on Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30pm in the Irvine Auditorium in the McCone Building on the campus of Middlebury Institute of International Studies
The general history of California shore-whaling, and many of the photographs that survive, have become fairly familiar over the past few years as historians have excavated some of the evidence with newfound enthusiasm. However, many compelling highlights and intriguing sidelights have been overlooked, including the origins and deepwater backgrounds of some of the principals, the concentration of crewmen from the Azores, Martha’s Vineyard, and Japan, their migrations and transfers among the whaling stations, and some hidden aspects of the methods and technology utilized in the hunt, as well as the unique scrimshaw and decorative arts produced by whalemen in Monterey and Carmel.
Dr. Stuart M. Frank is senior curator emeritus at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, executive director emeritus of the Kendall Whaling Museum in Massachusetts, a collections consultant at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association, and the author of Herman Melville’s Picture Gallery; Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved: Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
This event is part of the Old Monterey Foundation's 2019 lecture series sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.