Greenfield Notebook: March 20, 2023

  • The Greenfield Public Library on Main Street. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 3/19/2023 9:51:56 AM
Virtual lecture to explore whaling history

GREENFIELD — Join the Greenfield Public Library on Wednesday, March 22, at noon for the latest Massachusetts National Park Service lecture, “Stories from the Whaling Port.” This virtual event will be led by guide Rufai Shardow at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

Shardow will share the origins and historical significance of New Bedford’s whaling port. When Quaker merchants moved their whaling businesses from Nantucket to New Bedford, they started a 100-year industry that shaped the community’s maritime culture. Attendees will learn about an arctic rescue in 1897, when ice closed in around 275 whalemen and left them stranded. Time permitting, there will also be stories about New Bedford’s roles in the Civil War and the Underground Railroad.

To register, visit The Massachusetts National Park Service lectures are organized by the Tewksbury Public Library.

March author talk features Chef Jernard Wells

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library will continue its author talk series on Tuesday, March 21, at 4 p.m., when Chef Jernard Wells will discuss his newest cookbook, “Southern Inspired: More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours.”

In his book, Jernard continues his journey of retracing the steps of generations of African-American cooks whose creations have contributed to global kitchen tables. “Southern Inspired” is full of recipes that remix the traditional flavors and classic dishes of southern food and celebrate African-American culinary contributions.

To register for this and other upcoming talks, visit Each talk includes an opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session or pre-submit questions during registration. Copies of the book are available at the library.


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