South Coast Today: New Bedford Whaling Museum collection boasts treasures not often seen by public

South Coast Today: New Bedford Whaling Museum collection boasts treasures not often seen by public. “The key to that semi-locked door into the museum’s massive archives was provided by Whaling Museum Director of Collections D. Jordan Berson, a paper conservator by trade, and the featured speaker at the meeting last Thursday at Russells Mills Schoolhouse. Berson brought along a slideshow featuring some of the hundreds of items on permanent or rotating display at the downtown museum these days, such as the scrimshaw, harpoons, whale skeletons, and the portraits of ships and sea captains that most folks bring home as memories of a visit there. But more interesting were the slides of the thousands of square feet of storage space used to house that portion of the huge historical collection that generally never goes on display and probably never will.”