WHHM Trivia Night!

What was Water Street previously called? A.) Woods Hole Road  B.) Main Street  C.) Bridge Street D.) Shore Road.

Answer at the Woods Hole Trivia Night on August 28.

Woods Hole Trivia Game will be held on Friday, August 28, at 5 PM. The trivia game will be conducted through Zoom. Challenging questions will be asked to test your knowledge about the historic village, people and events of Woods Hole. 

Register here: https://forms.gle/TDZ8eaov49sbg3X99.

WHHM Conversation: Pandemics: Living Forward by Understanding Backward

The Museum hosted a virtual conversation, “Pandemics: Living Forward by Understanding Backward,” on August 19 at 7 PM. You can view the recorded talk below:

In this lecture, infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Donald Burke of Woods Hole and Pittsburgh provided a historical overview of the emergence, spread, extinction, and re-emergence of virus disease epidemics: their origins from animal species, transmission in human populations, and post-epidemic outcomes. Starting with details of the 1918 influenza epidemic in Falmouth, he reconstructed the history of this past epidemic.

The lecture title is from a quote by Soren Kierkegaard.

Dr. Burke received his medical training at Harvard, then served 23 years on active duty at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where he led US military research on virus diseases. In 1997 he transitioned to academia to become a professor and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Immunization Research. In 2006 he became Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, stepping down a year ago. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Burke has led research on prevention and control of epidemic infectious diseases of global importance. A world renowned expert on virus epidemiology, he has authored more than 300 scientific publications and has served in senior advisory positions to the CDC, NIH, and WHO. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and recipient of the John Snow Award of the American Public Health Association. Drawing on his deep knowledge of viral epidemiology, Dr. Burke first predicted the threat posed by coronaviruses in 1997, five years before the SARS epidemic.

The Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Sultana Moves to Bourne Historical Society

See video below.

Woods Hole Historical Museum recently donated the half-scale model of 18th century schooner Sultana to the Bourne Historical Society. The Sultana was used for cargo and shipping along the coast and later by the British for patrolling the waters around Cape Cod during the Revolutionary War. 

This half-model was begun by Fred Littleton of Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, and taken on by our boat shop crew, who worked on the project on for several years. We then realized we just didn’t have the space and capacity to finish it. 

Bourne has the perfect location, as Skip Barlow of Bourne Historical will show you in this video. We are so pleased that the Bourne Historical Society is helping us realize our goal of preserving and displaying this window into American History. 

 

 

Renew Your Membership

Don’t let your Membership lapse!

Renew or Update Your Membership here.

Membership to the Woods Hole Historical Museum makes good sense if you are a full time or part time resident, a visitor, or a former resident who is interested in the unique and fascinating past and present cultures of Woods Hole and the surrounding region. We are a small, not-for-profit history museum offering an ever-changing menu of diverse exhibits and events designed to inform and celebrate our local and neighboring communities.

The Membership Year is from July 1 to June 30.

Membership Levels:
Benefactor Membership: $1,000 or more
Patron Membership: $500
Donor Membership: $100
Family Membership: $50
Individual Membership: $30

All memberships include a subscription to Spritsail, which contains articles on Woods Hole and Falmouth history and is published twice yearly; plus other mailings that include our semi-annual newsletter, The Mainsheet, and notices about the monthly Conversation programs, lectures, workshops and special events.

You can always stop in the Museum office during our business hours to renew. If you are not sure when your membership expires, or have any other questions about membership please email membership@woodsholemuseum.org.

Thank you!

Become a Member

Welcome to the Woods Hole Historical Museum Family!

Becoming a member of the Woods Hole Historical Museum makes good sense if you are a full time or part time resident, a visitor, or a former resident who is interested in the unique and fascinating past and present cultures of Woods Hole and the surrounding region. We are a small, not-for-profit history museum offering an ever-changing menu of diverse exhibits and events designed to inform and celebrate our local and neighboring communities.

The Membership Year is from July 1 to June 30.

Membership Levels:
Benefactor Membership: $1,000 or more
Patron Membership: $500
Donor Membership: $100
Family Membership: $50
Individual Membership: $30

All memberships include a subscription to Spritsail, which contains articles on Woods Hole and Falmouth history and is published twice yearly; plus other mailings that include our semi-annual newsletter, The Mainsheet, and notices about the monthly Conversation programs, lectures, workshops and special events.

There are three easy ways to become a member:

1. Send a check (made out to Woods Hole Historical Museum) to:
Woods Hole Historical Museum
P.O. Box 185
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Please include both winter and summer addresses if appropriate and provide an email address.

2. Sign up safely and securely by credit card or PayPal

3. Stop in the Museum office during our business hours for a tour and to sign up.

If you have any questions about membership please email us at membership@woodsholemuseum.org.

Thank you!

Special Fenway Insiders’ Tour to Benefit WHHM 2020 Season!

This event has been POSTPONED to a later date (tbd) due to coronavirus

WHHM Special Spring Fundraiser

Rob Blomberg at FenwayJoin WHHM for a fun Insiders’ Tour of Fenway Park with Fenway Tour Supervisor (and popular WHHM tour guide) Rob Blomberg.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – POSTPONED, date tbd

Explore the home of all the favorite Red Sox Legends while Rob shares fun facts and insider’s knowledge about the unique history and evolution of America’s beloved Fenway. Bring your questions and cameras to what is sure to be a fascinating day of history, discovery, and photo ops! (Note: There is no game on May 12. The Red Sox will be in Atlanta playing the Braves.)

Here’s the day’s schedule:
9:00 AM, meet at Falmouth Mall parking lot and leave for Fenway on our comfy Cape Destinations motor coach
11:30 AM, see Rob at Fenway for our tour!
12:45 PM, have lunch on your own at a nearby renowned restaurant of your choice
2:30 PM, depart Fenway on our motor coach
4:30 PM, arrive at Falmouth Mall lot

Reservations:
$75 Members
$90 Non-Members
$100 Become a New Member PLUS Tour Special!

Proceeds benefit the Woods Hole Historical Museum’s 2020 season of programs, events, and exhibits.

Contact whhmdirector@gmail.com or call 508-548-7270 for questions. 

Thank you for supporting the Woods Hole Historical Museum!

 

 

How Migrants from Portugal Helped Make Falmouth a More Cosmopolitan, “Creole” and Cooperative Community

Watch video of the February 6th Conversation here.

Woods Hole Historical Museum Conversation
by Miguel Moniz
February 6, 2020, 12:30 PM
Woods Hole Public Library (lower level)
Free and open to the public (but donations accepted)

Portugese immigrantsThis talk will explore histories of conflict and cooperation in Falmouth after the arrival of 2,000 migrants mostly from the Azores and Cabo Verde in the early 1900s.

Research from three historical events in Falmouth history will be presented:

  1. Early 1900s debates in the town about Portuguese racial identities (including calls for migrants from Portugal to be placed in segregated schools.)
  2. The work of migrants from Portugal in Falmouth over the first half of the century as agricultural field workers, in domestic service, care-taking and other manual labor, in light of patronage, economic cooperation and definitions of Portuguese racial identities; and how this shaped their social mobilities over the next 50 years.
  3. Efforts in the 1950s to feature the Portuguese migrant community as part of a marketing campaign for tourism in Falmouth (which gave birth to the “Strawberry Festival”).

In the talk, Dr. Moniz will discuss if Falmouth, after a century of having worked out difference and belonging through overlapping cooperation in internationally oriented community organizations and institutions among generations of migrant and non-migrant residents, has made the town a more cosmopolitan, “creole” and cooperative place? As a result, does this help the community today to reach across conflicts of class, economic disparity, social identity and lack of legal rights to forge convivial local relations?

Anthropologist Miguel Moniz, FLAD/Brown Visiting Professor, Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University and the Center for Research in Anthropology, ISCTE/IUL. A resident of Lisbon, Dr. Moniz grew up in Falmouth but has lived in Portugal (and been back and forth to New England) since the late 1980s.

New Gardening Practices and Trends

Woods Hole Historical Museum Conversation 
by Terry Soares of Soares Flower Garden Nursery 
March 10, 12:30 PM
Woods Hole Public Library Lower Level
Free and open to the public (but donations accepted)

Listen to the March 10th talk here.

Terry Soares, co-owner of Soares Flower Garden Nursery, will discuss gardening practices of the past and how more environmentally friendly landscaping trends are impacting how we approach gardening.  There will also be a brief discussion on the landscape at the newly renovated Church of the Messiah Parish Community Center in Woods Hole, all done with an eye on aesthetics and sustainable landscape practices.

WHHM Conversation: “Dan Clark: Marine Contractor and Woods Hole Legend”

“Dan Clark: Marine Contractor and Woods Hole Legend” is the topic of Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Conversation on January 9 at 12:30 PM in the Woods Hole Library lower level meeting room. 

Dan Clark

Dan Clark, on right, with a member of his crew, Skip Norgeot, at work on a project in Eel Pond in Woods Hole in the early 1960s. (Photo: Woods Hole Historical Museum)

Listen to audio of the January 9, 2020 Dan Clark Conversation here.

Memories will be shared by Peter Bumpus, Tom Renshaw and Chip Shultz, who worked with Dan over the years. His major projects included building docks, repairing cables that supplied power to Martha’s Vineyard, dredging channels, and in 1965, constructing the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s R/V Lulu that served as the support vessel for the submersible Alvin. 

Dan Clark, who was born in 1919 and died in 1999, also served as second mate on the WHOI research vessel Atlantis in the mid 1940s. According to the book, “Atlantis Stories,” published by the Woods Hole Historical Collection, “he quickly commanded respect as a gentleman and admiration as a skilled seaman…A mentor to many young men in town, he was a legend in his own time.”

At the Conversation,  members of the audience are encouraged to share their stories and memories of Mr. Clark. The talk is free and open to the public.