Village Views: Photographs and Memorabilia of Woods Hole in the 1890s

Gallery Two: Our new exhibit, Village Views: Photographs and Memorabilia of Woods Hole in the 1890s, in gallery two features photos by Baldwin Coolidge of Woods Hole in 1895, as well as artifacts, photos, clothing and other items that present a picture of Woods Hole life in the late 19th century.

In the 1880s Mr. Coolidge produced stunning images of Maine and New Hampshire, and around 1890, he began photographing Boston, Lawrence and later Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the Cape. He took numerous images of the village of Woods Hole, especially investigators and scientists at the MBL. He continued coming to Woods Hole in the late 1890s and into the early 20th century.

Because of his work in Woods Hole, the Museum Archives owns many original prints of Baldwin. In 1998, the museum printed a collection of his photos, “New England Views,” which is still available for purchase at the Museum shop.

The History of Woods Hole

Gallery One: Continuing this season in the museum’s gallery one is The History of Woods Hole, the story of whaling, science, architecture, hurricanes, ferries, railroads, tourism, local industries, and more, using photographs, documents, artifacts, recordings and tools. The core of this exhibit is a timeline describing key people and significant events in the settlement and development of Woods Hole, covering the time period covered from the 1600s to the present.

This year, the exhibit will include a display on the 100th anniversary of the Woods Hole Community Association.