Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College hosts local celebration of major historic work connected to the Azores

Bristol Community College’s LusoCentro and the English and Humanities division will host a book launching of an English anthology of The Dabneys: A Bostonian Family in the Azores on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m. in the Jackson Arts Center on the Fall River Campus.  In conjunction with the book launching, BCC will be exhibiting the manuscripts and artifacts that pertain to the Dabneys Collection at the College. 
The Dabney family is highly regarded in the Azores, as they served for three generations as consuls on the Island of Faial throughout the nineteenth century.  For more than 90 years, the Dabneys effectively served with kindness and integrity and cemented a remarkable record of friendship and connection between the Azores and the United States.
BCC’s LusoCentro is home to the Dabney Collection, manuscripts and artifacts from the family’s time in the Azores, and it is curated by Professor Emeritus Arthur Lothrup, who is a descendant of the Dabney family.
The February 20 event at BCC is one of several sponsored February 16-21 in New Bedford, Providence, and Boston. The Dabney Days events are designed to celebrate the legacy of friendship between Portugal and the United States, “…as exemplified in the history American Consulate of the Dabney Family at Horta, Fayal –Azores,” according to organizers.  The Luso-American Development Foundation in Portugal and the New Bedford Whaling Museum have generously supported the events of the Dabneys Week.

Other events include:

Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Remarks by His Excellency the Ambassador of Portugal to the U.S., Nuno Brito

Tuesday, February 19, 6 p.m.
Providence Athenaeum
Sponsored by the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University
251 Benefit Street, Providence

Thursday, February 21, 5 p.m.
McMullen Museum of Art
In conjunction with a major exhibition “Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods”
Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Devlin Hall 108, Chestnut Hill

The anthology is available for $19.95. For information on ordering, email