America and Japan: Historic Local Connections with the Wareham Historical Soceity

  • 16 Mar 2017
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Harbor View Gallery, New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740-6398

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: Harbor View Gallery

Description

Join the Wareham Historical Society, in partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum, for a FREE evening of lectures about the historic connections between America and Japan featuring: 

Mr. Scott Ridley, from Harwich, MA, is the author of Morning of Fire, Captain John Kendrick’s biography. Mr. Ridley will discuss Captain Kendrick’s historic arrival in Japanese waters in 1791 and the recent discovery of a ship’s log that relates that historic event day by day. Captain Kendrick left the port of Boston 225 years ago while his family waited in Wareham, MA for his return.

Mr. Gerry Rooney, President and CEO, Whitfield-Manjiro Society, Inc., will introduce the culture of
Japan at the time of Manjiro in 1841 and the role New Bedford Whaling ships played. Mr. Rooney will discuss Manjiro, his arrival in Fairhaven, MA, his return to Japan, his role in re-opening Japan by Commodore Perry and the connection that is still celebrated today.

Dr. Matthew Perry, from Bristol, Rhode Island, will present a lecture about Commodore Matthew Perry. He is a fourth generation descendent of the Commodore. Dr. Perry served as a Naval Officer in the 1960s, had a 45 year career as a wildlife biologist and now leads ecotourism trips throughout the world. Dr. Perry travels frequently to Japan as part of cultural exchanges and gives lectures on Commodore Perry.

Mr. Hayato Sakurai is Curator of Taiji Historical Archives and Advisory Curator to the New Bedford
Whaling Museum. Mr. Sakurai recently coordinated the 225th Commemoration of Captain Kendrick’s arrival in Kushimoto Town, Japan in 1791. Angela M. Dunham, President of the Wareham Historical Society, Mr. Scott Ridley and Dr. Matthew Perry were honored guest speakers. Mr. Sakurai will discuss the November 1, 2017 commemoration and current renovations of two Japanese museums that focus on the early US-Japan relationship.

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