The First Baptist Church on William Street in Downtown New Bedford is a national and local landmark. The building has been proclaimed a "National Treasure" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Built in 1829, the church is about to take on a new life as a restored home for its congregation and the base for Your Theatre of New Bedford. Several partners are working with the theatre group and the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) to restore the structure. WHALE's Teri Bernert joins Jim Phillips this week to discuss the restoration project and how you can help.

Townsquare Sunday with Jim Phillips can be heard each Sunday at 6 a.m. on WBSM 1420 and Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program highlighting non-profits and community organizations in the Greater New Bedford area.

If you have a public event, festival, or neighborhood activity you want to publicize, submit your information here. You can also send an e-mail to Jim Phillips at This program can also be heard by downloading the WBSM app.

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