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Old North Speaker Series: Amanda Goodheart Parks - Sweethearts at Sea

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Old North Speaker Series
Sweethearts at Sea: Love and Marriage in the New England Whaling Industry
Speaker: Amanda Goodheart Parks

Presented in partnership with Boston By Foot

During the nineteenth century, when Yankee whale oil lit the world, men from more than sixty New England communities sailed the world in pursuit of whales. In an era before petroleum and plastic, whale oil, baleen, and ambergris were used in the production of consumer goods ranging from corsets and buggy whips to industrial lubricants and lighting. Meanwhile, New England society began exploring new ideas about the role of romantic love in marriage. The combination of these new ideas and increasing demand for whaling products meant men and women in whaling communities were spending most of their lives apart by the mid-nineteenth century. That is until the 1840s, when a small group of married couples defied tradition by going to sea together. This lecture will chronicle the history of American whaling before shifting focus to one of these remarkable couples: Captain John and Elizabeth Marble of Fall River, Massachusetts. Using the letters, journals, and family heirlooms they left behind as a point of departure, this lecture will tell their incredible story of love, loss, and life at sea.

Amanda Goodheart Parks has studied gender in the New England whaling industry for more than a decade. With undergraduate degrees from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI and a M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amanda has an extensive career working as a public historian, museum educator, and historical interpreter. She is currently working on a book about the history of love and marriage in New England's whaling communities.


Interested in life at sea in Boston? Take the Adventures at Sea walking tour with Boston By Foot on Thursday evenings in June! Boston By Foot and Old North members receive a $10 discount on tickets.

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