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New Bedford, MA–October 27th– The silhouettes rocked with hip hop movements behind pictures of troop 54 as samples from “Glory” ran over hip hop beats. With utter conviction and dedication, each verse flowed with precision to tell the story of the unsung heroes…

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th 2pm will be the long awaited VIDEO PREMIER of “54!” This track was created by The Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) to pay homage to the 54th Regiment (click here to listen), the first black regiment commissioned by the Union Army in the Civil War.   The event will be happening at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William street, New Bedford, MA. Featuring Tem Blessed of Blessed Energy, this track gives us an invaluable piece of history through the power of hip hop.

The premier is part of a larger celebration that has taken place all week and will continue until the premier. This includes walk throughs, re-enactments, and workshops/panels. For more information on the event please go to:

Nearly 50 men from New Bedford enlisted in Company C of the 54th, including Sergeant William H.Carney, the first African American to earn a congressional medal of honor.
This video and event is a tribute to the African-Americans who helped to pave the way, and will be sure to educate and excite the soul, making everyone who comes inspired to create their own freedom! Hope to see you there!

For more information call 1-508-996-4095 or go to


Park Celebrates Great Outdoors Day

New Bedford, Mass.— On July 15, 2011 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m., New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will host a free family event at Buttonwood Park celebrating the great outdoors. Great Outdoors Day will feature tent set-up demonstrations, a climbing wall, campfire storytelling, camping basics, and an outdoor movie showing of the film, “The Great Outdoors.” The park is collaborating with the City of New Bedford, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches, Third Eye Unlimited, and the Marion Institute to put on the event. Great Outdoors Day will take place in the field to the north of the warming house at Buttonwood Park, near the pond. Free parking is available at the warming house.

The idea for Great Outdoors Day came from participants in the park’s Youth Ambassador Program, an after-school and summer program for New Bedford teens who communicate local and national history through music, video, live performances, events, and social media outreach. They came up with the concept for the event as a way to introduce the outdoors to populations that may not typically visit natural resource areas or participate in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, or climbing. By familiarizing people with some of the fundamentals to safely enjoying the millions of acres of public land available in the U.S. and beyond, the Youth Ambassadors hope that nature will seem less foreign to the many city residents that do not explore beyond the SouthCoast.

The Youth Ambassador Program represents the youth voice of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and participants have created songs and videos that introduce topics such as whaling and Underground Railroad history, as well as a song encouraging young people to “Get Outside and Move” which landed them a front page feature on Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move website

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and


The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie on the hour from 10 AM-3 PM. The building is accessible. Admission is free. For more information, go the website at , or call 508-996-4095.


From the Michelle Obama Lets Move campaign….Click HERE for original posting

Success Story: Let’s Move Gets Musical in Massachusetts!

Posted by Ali Kelley, Special Assistant to the Director, National Park Service on December 9, 2010
Original link:

In New Bedford, Massachusetts a group of teenagers is putting its passion for the outdoors into music, using catchy beats and smooth moves to persuade other young people to get moving outside.   As part of the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, these young people – the “Yappers” is their recording name – share their experiences learning about and exploring their city through creative media.  In their latest music video, inspired by the First Lady’s Let’s Move Outside initiative, the Yappers call upon their peers to get up, and get going:

“Don’t be a couch potato; just get up off your feet. Go play a game or two and keep on rocking to this beat!”

The video, which premiers today in New Bedford, illustrates how easy – and fun – it is to make outdoor activity part of your daily routine.  Walking, skateboarding, running, and dancing, are just some of the ways that young people enjoy fresh air fitness.  By engaging in all of these activities in downtown New Bedford, the Yappers demonstrate another important message: moving outside is a great way to learn about your community’s history and culture.


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