‘New Bedford is my place’ — National Park’s Jennifer White Smith can’t imagine a better job

Jennifer White Smith, superintendent of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, has a 100,000-watt smile, one that illustrates what it means to say a person is “beaming.”

In conversation, she telegraphs her boundless enthusiasm for New Bedford, its history, and its national park.

You could say that she and the park were dedicated on the same day. Having started as a volunteer in 1997, her first shift as an employee was the park’s dedication day: May 17, 1998.