General Collection — Woods Hole History

Churches:
Church of the Messiah (Episcopal)
Congregational Church
Methodist Church
St. Joseph Church (Roman Catholic)

Scientific Institutions:
Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
MBL Nobel Prize Exhibit Collection
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (W.H.O.I.)
N.O.A.A. – National Marine Fisheries

Maritime Organizations:
U.S. Coast Guard (including Nobska Light House)
Steamship Authority

Woods Hole History:
Subjects
General History

Organizations:
Woods Hole Child Center
Woods Hole Community Association
Woods Hole Cooperative Association
Woods Hole Golf Club
Woods Hole Library
Woods Hole School
Woods Hole Woman’s Club
Woods Hole Women’s Equal Suffrage League
Woods Hole Yacht Club

Subjects:
Bike Path (Shining Sea Bike Path)
Boats
Boats: Woods Hole Spritsail Collection
Breakwater Hotel
Candle Factory (Candle House)
Elizabeth Islands: Nonamessett, Naushon, Pasque, Nashawena, Cuttyhunk, Penikese
Elizabeth Islands: Tarpaulin Cove Lighthouse (Naushon)
Fire Department Records
Hungarian Student Committee
Hurricanes and Storms
Leeside-McDonald’s Controversy
Music in Woods Hole
Nobska Lighthouse
Nuclear Park
Pacific Guano Company
Parking Task Force
Railroads (Woods Hole area: Old Colony, NY, NH& H, Cape Cod)
Taft’s Playground
Woods Hole Garage & Market
World War II

Theater in Woods Hole:
Calico Players
Penzance Players
University Players
Woods Hole Theater Company

Quissett:
Quissett
Quissett Yacht Club

Falmouth, Other Parts:
Lawrence High School
Falmouth Music Association
Falmouth Nursing Association

Woods Hole Houses:
Wheelwright House Collection
WHOI Historical House Survey and Properties
10 boxes of house information kept by area
Kay Hiam Collection of Quissett Avenue Property Histories

Woods Hole Maps and Plans:
Griffin Property Surveys Woods Hole
Fay Family Properties Plans Surveys
Various Maps and Plans — Five Boxes
Various Rolled Plans, Charts and Maps

Ephemera, Photographs and Postcards:
Ephemera
Photographs
Postcards

Model Boat Show Registration Form

Exhibitors: If you’d like to exhibit at the Model Boat Show, fill out and return the Exhibitor’s Registration form.

To download the form as a Word docx that you can fill out on your computer, and then return as an email attachment, click here.

To download the form as a PDF that you can print out, fill out with a good old pen, and then mail in, click here.

To return the form as an attachment, email Jennifer Gaines at whmbshow@gmail.com.

To mail the form on paper, send it to Jennifer Gaines, WHHM, P.O. Box 185, Woods Hole, MA 02543.

If you have questions, contact Jennifer at whmbshow@gmail.com.

Membership

The Membership Year is from July 1 to June 30.

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.

Please make membership check out to Woods Hole Historical Museum and mail your check to:

Woods Hole Historical Museum
P.O. Box 185
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Please include your contact information with both winter and summer addresses if appropriate and an email address if you have one. Email inquiries about membership to:

membership@woodsholemuseum.org.

The Nine Identified Varieties of Walsh Rambler Roses

Below are photos of the nine varieties of Walsh rambler roses that are positively identified and that still bloom in Woods Hole every summer. All photos are by Gretchen Ward Warren.

From the Archives

Below is a list of articles that have been published in the Museum’s newsletter Mainsheet. The articles look at interesting aspects of Woods Hole history and feature research by Museum Archivist Susan F. Witzell and by several other guest writers. To see an article, click on a link.

Date Title and Author
2006 Eaton photos and new accessions by Susan F. Witzell
2007 Spring Woods Hole’s First Yachtsman by John Valois (Alfred Harrison).
2008 Spring Part 1. Reminiscences of a Summer at the Breakwater Hotel 1960 by Allan W. Swank.
A Bill Eaton Sea Tale 1964 by John Howard McClellan
2008 Fall Part 2. Reminiscences of a Summer at the Breakwater Hotel 1960 by Allan W. Swank.
2009 none
2010 Spring A Town Called Nobska — a Cautionary Tale? by Les Garrick. (Secession of the Summer People).
2010 Fall The Log Books of Captain Anthony Howes by Nancy Bundy.
2011 Fall Prosperity from whaling created new-style houses in the 1840s by Susan F. Witzell (Captain Thomas Davis house and Eldridge house).
2012 Spring The Loose Untailored Fabric of History – the Treasure Trove in the Archives by P.K. Simonds.
2012 Fall New Accessions – Summer 2012 by Susan F. Witzell (Sarah Bryant Fay’s bread and milk mug; a sugar bowl from the City of Columbus; and the tale of the shipwreck).
2013 Spring The Hurricane of 1938 by P.K. Simonds.
The story of some bicentennial cannon balls and a tale of cooperation by Susan F. Witzell.
2013 Fall Quissett Oral History and the Fay Farmhouse by Susan F. Witzell (Molly Willett oral history collection and results from The Moors research).
2014 Spring A History Mystery by Susan F. Witzell (Vedeler-Fish photo album).
2014 Fall The Younger Joseph Story Fay by Susan F. Witzell (new photos of Fay from the 1860s).
2015 Spring Train Stations and Ferry Terminals in Woods Hole by Susan F. Witzell
2015 Fall The Old Stone House Rejoins The Old Candle House – or Why I Love Archivists by Mark Foster
2016 Spring Fishmonger Restaurant and Other Restaurants at the Bridge by Susan F. Witzell
2016 Fall Blacksmiths in Quissett and Woods Hole by Susan F. Witzell

Spritsail: a Journal of the History of Falmouth and Vicinity

Spritsail cover.

The cover of the winter, 2013 issue of Spritsail.

Spritsail is the bi-annual journal of the history of Falmouth and vicinity published by the Woods Hole Historical Collection. In recent issues there have been articles about the history of the Portuguese in Falmouth, about a ceramic block silo built in 1921 that is still standing in the Hatchville section of Falmouth, and about the renovation of the Katharine Lee Bates house. Katharine Lee Bates wrote the words to “America the Beautiful”.

For information about subscribing to Spritsail or about purchasing back issues click or to read articles from back issues online, click here.

From the Archives — The Eaton Collection and New Accessions

by Susan F. Witzell

During the summer we were presented with a wonderful collection of photos taken by Elizabeth (Betty) Eaton. Mrs. Eaton passed away in the early summer of 2006. The photos she had taken over many years were collected from her house and donated to us by her friends and neighbors, the Densmore family.

Naushon cedar tree

Naushon cedar tree

Betty Eaton was the wife of Bill Eaton, the Boatman for Naushon Island from 1961 to 1987. She was a talented amateur photographer, working with a 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ format camera. Her images of the scenes before her were acute and well-composed. She apparently had a darkroom or the ability to have custom 8 x 10 black and white prints made. In addition to the black and white photos, she also took many 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ slides. Betty was very interested in gardening and hybridized daylilies. A dark red lily was registered as ‘Naushon’. Continue reading