Welcome

The 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.

Winter Crafts Workshops
Once again the Museum, in cooperation with the Woods Hole Library, is offering a series of Winter Crafts Workshops. The workshops with be held in the Library at 7:15 on Thursday evenings through January, February, and March. To register or for more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961. There will be a small materials fee for each workshop.

DateWorkshop
February 4 (and Feb 11 to finish)Sailor’s Ditty Bag, Catherine Bumpus
February 11Eye Comfort Pillows, made from recycled fabric, filled with buckwheat and lavender. Margaret McCormick & Kellie Porter
February 18Making Sauerkraut, with a nod to Kimchee. Jane Vose
February 25Origami “Action figures”: Flapping bird and Trumpeting Elephant, Terry Rioux
March 3 & 10Penobscot Baskets, Barbara Douglass

Cover WHWC_Layout 1The Woods Hole Woman’s Club Book Is Available
A 100-year history of this unique club. “The ladies of Woods Hole never do things by halves.” That’s it in a nutshell. A book about the club’s community service and fellowship by Charlotte Emans Moore. To purchase a book, call the museum at 508-548-7270 or email at info@woodsholemuseum.org. Books are also available to purchase at the museum’s gift shop.

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.

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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