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The Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), long-time PALCUS sponsor and partner presents....


"THE DABNEYS - A Bostonian Family in the Azores (1806-1871)" 


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Dabney Cover  


Lançamento da obra "THE DABNEYS - A Bostonian Family in the Azores (1806-1871)"


Obra patrocinada pela FLAD, com o apoio do New Bedford Whaling Museum


A história da família Dabney, em versão em língua inglesa, vai ser apresentada no New Bedford Whaling Museum, zona de onde a família é originária.


"The Dabneys - A Bostonian family in the Azores (1806-1871)" é o título da obra, patrocinada pela Fundação Luso-Americana, com o apoio do New Bedford Whaling Museum.


À semelhança do volume editado em português, também patrocinado pela FLAD, a versão inglesa esteve igualmente a cargo da investigadora Maria Filomena Mónica, em co-autoria com Paulo Silveira e Sousa.


Através deste projecto, desenvolvido e dinamizado por Mário Mesquita desde 2007, a FLAD pretende dar a conhecer ao público a história de uma família americana que fez história nos Açores, nomeadamente na ilha do Faial, onde se estabeleceu o primeiro cônsul americano, John Bass Dabney.


Estas duas obras baseiam-se no legado de Roxanna Lewis Dabney, autora dos Annals of the Dabney Family.


Por ocasião da apresentação do livro, decorrerão várias sessões sob a designação geral de "The Dabney Days", cujo programa pode ser consultado aqui.




The Azores early-on became a regular stop for New Bedford whale ships on their world-wandering voyages in pursuit of the leviathan. The archipelago had long been the only mid-Atlantic respite between the Old World and the New, where Yankee whaling masters signed on crew eager to seek their fortunes beyond the watery horizon which encircled them. Nearly raised in boats, seaworthy Azoreans soon took their place amongst the most experienced whalers of New England. Countless voyages over decades formed a veritable bridge of whaleships to a new life in America.

But the islands' strategic location and the conduit of whale ships cannot wholly account for the deep bonds of friendship, which developed between Portugal and America, most notably on these tiny islands, the western-most border of Europe.

For more than 90 years, one extraordinary American family, the Dabneys, made the island of Fayal their home. Boston Brahmins, they were merchants with elite social connections, which were enhanced in no small measure by their political role. Three generations of Dabneys were United States Consuls, forming a diplomatic dynasty that has never been repeated.

But to the people of these insular communities, their actions spoke louder than words in times of great hardship. A close-knit clan, the Dabneys' empathy and munificence toward their hosts became the family's hallmark; together with their impact on the growth of trade, it earned them admiration throughout Portugal and America.

Correspondence both diplomatic and personal was carefully copied in record books and journals. Years after the family departed the islands Roxana Dabney assembled them into The Dabney Annals. Notable today for the breadth of world history they touch, the Annals include some of the great names of the 19th century who visited the islands.


Perhaps more importantly, this remarkable record also reveals the power of individuals to meld lasting friendships between nations.




Book Launchings, Celebrations, and Presentations


Featuring Editor Maria Filomena Mónica, D. Phil, University of Oxford; Assistant Editor Paulo Silveira e Sousa; Mário Mesquita and Charles Buchanan, Members of the Executive Council, Luso-American Foundation; James Russell, NBWM President; Arthur Motta, NBWM Editorial Director; Nuno Brito, Portuguese Ambassador to the United States; Jaime Gama, former President Speaker of the Portuguese Parliament; João Castro, Mayor of Horta; and Rodrigo Oliveira, Regional Under Secretary for External Relations, Azores Regional Goverment.


RSVP to the Events Below

By email: jdasilva@whalingmuseum.org
By phone: (508) 997-0046, ext. 139
By mail: Dabney Book Launch, New Bedford Whaling Museum,
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740 



Saturday, February 16th, 2:00 p.m.

Remarks by His Excellency the Ambassador of Portugal to the U.S., Nuno Brito

Sponsored by the NBWM

and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, UMass Dartmouth

18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford



Tuesday, February 19th, 6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies,

Brown University

251 Benefit Street, Providence




Wednesday, February 20th, 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Bristol Community College

In conjunction with an exhibit on the Dabney family,

organized by the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery and LusoCentro

Bristol Community College,

(Building H, Parking Lots 9, 10, 11), Fall River campus




Thursday, February 21st, 5:00 p.m.

Remarks by former President Speaker of the Portuguese Parliament, Jaime Gama

Sponsored by the Luso-American Foundation

In conjunction with a major exhibition "Portugal, Jesuits,

and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods"

Boston College, 140 Commonwealth, Devlin Hall 108, Chestnut Hill

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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991  as a 501 © 3 non partisan, non profit, organization headquartered in Washington D.C.
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the  Portuguese American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advance the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law.