April 27, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
With Michael Dyer, Curator of Maritime History, New Bedford Whaling Museum
Delve further into the fascinating history behind the objects featured in the exhibition Flicker and Flame: Whale Oil and Kerosene Lamps at the Farm House Museum. Join special guest Michael Dyer, Curator of Maritime History at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA) as he explores the rise and fall of whale oil in America from the early advent of Atlantic Ocean sperm whaling toward the global expansion of the industry, and on to the eventual obsolesce of these products. Dyer will discuss the early candle market, the diversity of whale oil products, their uses and applications with a particular emphasis on sperm oil lamps circa 1825-1860, including lighthouses as well as evolving lamp types adapted for other burning fluids as the nation and demand grew. This program will be held on Webex and participants must register in advance to receive a meeting link. A recording of the program will be available after the event on the University Museums’ YouTube channel.
This program is generously sponsored by the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program.