Wareham Historical Society to Host Free Symposium at NB Whaling Museum

America and Japan Historic Local Connections Symposium -- Thursday, March 16 at 7:00PM. Admission is FREE.

Guest speakers are: Mr. Scott Ridley, Mr. Gerry Rooney, Dr. Matthew Perry and Mr. Hayato Sakurai.

Mr. Scott Ridley, is  from Harwich, MA, and is the author of Morning of Fire, a scholarly biography of 18th century Wareham Resident, Captain John Kendrick. Mr. Ridley will discuss Captain Kendrick's historic arrival in Japanese waters in 1791 and the recent discovery of a ship’s log that relates that historic event day by day. Captain Kendrick left the port of Boston 225 years ago while his family waited in Wareham, MA for his return.

Mr. Gerry Rooney is President and CEO of  the Whitfield-Manjiro Society, Inc., and will illuminate the culture of Japan at the time of Manjiro circa 1841 and the role New Bedford Whaling ships played. Mr. Rooney will also discuss Manjiro, his arrival in Fairhaven, MA, his eventual return to Japan, his role in re-opening Japan by Commodore Perry and the connection that is still celebrated today.

Dr. Matthew Perry will present a lecture on Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Dr. Matthew Perry, from Bristol, Rhode Island and Maryland, is a fourth generation descendent of the Commodore. Dr. Perry served as a Naval Officer in the 1960s, enjoyed a 45 year career as a wildlife biologist and now leads ecotourism trips throughout the world. Dr. Perry travels frequently to Japan as part of cultural exchanges and presents lectures on the Commodore.

Mr. Hayato Sakurai is Curator of Taiji Historical Archives and Advisory Curator to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Mr. Sakurai recently coordinated the 225th Commemoration of Captain Kendrick’s arrival in Kushimoto Town, Japan in 1791. He will discuss the November 1, 2016 commemoration and current renovations of two Japanese museums that focus on the early US-Japan relationship.

For additional information contact: Angela Dunham, President Wareham Historical Society at 508 295-8578 or email: ron2angeladunham@verizon.net. Visit www.warehamhistoricalsociety.com

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