Each year on Aug. 25, the National Park Service celebrates its birthday! Established in 1926, the National Park Service was created to care for all of the national parks throughout the country. Each park represents an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn!

We are very proud to be a national park! New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park helps preserve, protect and interpret certain districts, buildings and artifacts that are associated with the history of whaling and related themes. Our national park encompasses 34 acres spread over 13 city blocks and includes the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Seaman's Bethel, the Schooner Ernestina and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum.

Americans can be proud that the United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most treasured places as national parks that could be enjoyed by all. We are very, very proud that our hometown, New Bedford, was the 19th century's preeminent whaling port and for a long time, the richest city in the world per capita.