MuseumCampusThe Woods Hole Historical Museum is a lively small museum with changing exhibits and diverse programs appealing to people with wide interests.

Founded as an adjunct to the Woods Hole Library “to establish and preserve a collection of objects and materials of cultural, historical, and artistic value,” it has grown to a campus of several buildings housing exhibit, workshop, and archival space, as well as becoming an active publisher of works of local and historical interest.

Admission to the museum is free.

Special Viewing – Jane & Payne October 13
The public is invited to a special viewing of Jane & Payne, a documentary following the historic meeting of Dr. Roger Payne of the Ocean Alliance and famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall. The screening will be hosted by the Woods Hole Historical Museum and will be held Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 pm at the Woods Hole Public Library. For more information, click here.

Woods Hole Women of a Certain Age
Joan Pearlman and Sally Casper photographed approximately 115 women of Woods Hole all over the age of 75 and paired each photograph with a short autobiographical sketch. Some of the women are summer residents and visitors, others are year-rounders. Some are scientists, others are artists. Some are associated with MBL, others with WHOI. Most have been parents and home-makers. All love Woods Hole. To see these wonderful photos and read the stories of these remarkable women, click here.

Now in Gallery 2 — Drawings from Life

Apple branch by Tom Hodgson

Apple branch by Tom Hodgson. (Tom says he never drew anything before he took Julie’s class.)

Drawings From Life by the Students of Julie Child are on display in Gallery 2. The exhibit about the Businesses of Old Woods Hole continues in Gallery 1. For more about the current exhibits, click here. The show The Winter That Was: The 2015 Winter In Woods Hole is no longer up, but you can see some parts of that show. Photos by Bob Grosch, a video of Woods Hole ice from Brian Switzer’s drone, and Catherine Bumpus’ time-lapse photographs of Woods Hole Passage are playing continuously on a screen in the Museum entryway. Galleries are closing for the season on October 10.

From the Archives
Since 2006 the Museum’s newsletter MAINSHEET has included extended articles which look at interesting aspects of Woods Hole history or feature research that has been done in the Museum Archives. There have been a number of guest writers but the majority have been written by Museum Archivist Susan F. Witzell. Over the next several months, we will be posting many of these articles on the web for the reader’s enjoyment. You can see them as we post them by clicking here.

The Museum’s Newest Acquisition is the Sultana
Through a series of events, the museum is the proud owner of the “Sultana,” a half-scale model of an 18th century boat that was begun by a master shipwright on Martha’s Vineyard. The volunteers in the Boatbuilding Shop will be working on the boat in the coming years. You can read all about the history of the boat and also the project in this article in the online magazine, Cape Cod Wave. The article is called A Third Life for the Sultana: A Cape Cod Schooner’s Tale.

Some Summer Highlights
To see photos from this summer’s Family Boat Building Workshop, click here.

To see photos from this summer’s Oyster Talk and Tasting, click here.

Bill Cooper rowing

Bill is second man in. He’s wearing a white t-shirt.

The Museum Publishes Atlantis Stories
Last fall the Woods Hole Historical Museum published the eagerly anticipated book: Atlantis Stories: Before the Mast on a Sailing Research Vessel, 1944-1948, by William B. Cooper. The book was edited by Arthur Gaines and Jay Burnett and Douglas Cooper, son of Bill wrote the preface and epilogue. For more about the book click here. To purchase Atlantis Stories click here.

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