Join editor Timothy D. Walker, Ph.D. and author Jonathan M. Olly, Ph.D., and the museum's Curator of Maritime History, Michael P. Dyer, for a discussion around two of their newest publications, Sailing to Freedom, and Long Road to Freedom, featuring topics surrounding sea faring, the Underground Railroad, and slavery in the coastal Northeast.
Dr. Timothy D. Walker, Professor of History at UMASS Dartmouth, is a scholar of maritime history, colonial overseas expansion, and trans-oceanic slave trading. Walker is a guest investigator of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a contributing faculty member of the Munson Institute of Maritime Studies, and Director of the NEH “Landmarks in American History” workshop series, Sailing to Freedom: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad (2021-2022).
Dr. Jonathan M. Olly is Curator at the Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages in Stony Brook, New York, where he has worked since 2016. In 2019, he curated Long Road to Freedom: Surviving Slavery on Long Island, which served as the basis for the 2021 digital publication of the same name. He has a PhD in American studies from Brown University and has previously worked at museums in DC, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, and Rhode Island – including as the L. Byrne Waterman Curatorial Intern at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 2002-2003.
Where once the Local History Guild featured individual speakers, this season features a different format: conversations among area experts, aficionados, librarians, archivists, curators, historic preservation specialists, historians, and collectors. Topics run the gamut from commercial fishing to historic houses, to the latest acquisitions, collections or publications. Each moderated 60-minute program features specialists who will discuss the topics of their interest, trends, initiatives, projects and sometimes even new books, or public access databases of relevance to our local historical landscape.