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.

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.

Model Boat Show 2019

The 12th biennial Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Model Boat Show will be held on Patriot’s Day Weekend, April 13 and 14, 2019. 

Admission covers all exhibits and activities over the two days of the show. Admission prices are $15 for an adult; $5 for ages 12 to 17 and for uniformed military; free for children under age 12. 

See the MBS Schedule here.
See a map of Woods Hole MBS events here.
Register to be MBS exhibitor here.

This two-day celebration of small ships is an opportunity to view exquisite workmanship and meet model boat craftsmen from all over New England and beyond. Some of the vessels are so small they can fit inside a light bulb, most are much larger, ranging from 12 in. to 12 ft. Most have fine detail. Some are stationary, exhibited inside; others go into the water. Some are powered only by the wind, yet steered by radio control.

The centerpiece of the event is a village-wide array of model boat displays, featuring watercraft of every description: extravagant yachts, sturdy tugs, imposing military vessels, elegant steam-powered boats and everything in between. There is also a lot of fun to be had outside, as the boat show features radio-controlled model boats racing on the harbor, plus model boat kits that kids can assemble and then launch in a kids’ pool. There is truly something for everyone!

Scheduled talks include:

  • Historical Milestones in Model Yachting
    Saturday, 11 AM-noon, John Stoudt, “Little Boat Builder” (PA) and president of the US Vintage Model Yacht Group
    — On the sport/hobby of model yachting over the years, since 1851: Various key venues, skippers, boats, techniques, developments and processes.

  • Designing a Model of the Down Easter, William H. Conner
    Saturday 1-2 PM, Rob Napier, restorer and researcher of historic vessels for museums including Boston MFA
    — On interpreting research materials and the thoughts and processes encountered in designing a model of the William H. Conner, a full-rigged merchant sailing ship, Maine-built in 1877. 

  • “Saint Columba’s Curragh: The challenge of modeling a leather boat”
    Sunday 11 AM-noon, James Norton, professor (Maine, retired) and maker of small, historic open boat models
    — On the challenges of making a 1/24 scale model of the 36-foot leather-covered curragh used by Saint Columba and his monks to travel in exile from Northern Ireland to the island of Iona in Scotland in 563 AD.

  • “New Underwater Vehicles developed in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Deep Submergence Lab”
    Sunday, 1-2 PM, Molly Curran, mechanical engineer in the Deep Submergence Lab of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Consignment With Dockyard Sales at the Model Boat Show
“Dock Yard Sales” is the Model Boat Show’s nautical flea market, operating on a consignment basis during the two days of the show. For consignors, it is a great opportunity to sell your marine overflow items (in good condition, please).
More information here.

For more information about the Model Boat Show, call 508-548-7270 or email whmbshow@gmail.com.

The Woods Hole Historical Museum and The 2019 Model Boat Show are grateful to our community sponsors.

Sixth Annual Oyster Talk and Tasting 2017

The Woods Hole Historical Museum held its annual Oyster Talk and Tasting on Friday, August 25. This combination of education, support for local food growers, and gustatory delight took place on the Museum grounds at 579 Woods Hole Road.

The first part of the evening was a talk by local oyster growers Pete Chase, Eric Matzen and Mary Murphy explaining how oysters are grown in this area and the results in the past year’s conditions. Pete could be considered one of the pioneers of modern oyster aquaculture in Falmouth, as he established his oyster growing operation in Gansett Cove, the first to wend the way through regulations and opinions. Now there are a host of people growing oysters in Falmouth, stretching from Waquoit to Megansett. Pete, Mary and Eric are part of a co-operative of growers known as “Sippewissett Oysters”. The cooperative sells its oysters through the Coonamessett Farm.

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Conversation: Fundamentals of Navigation. Thursday, July 20, 2017

Captain Virginia Land McGuire, Associate Professor of Nautical Science, Sea Education Association, will lead a talk about navigating using charts, compasses, quadrants, sextants, taffrail logs, lead lines and chip lines and other tools in the era of celestial navigation, dead reckoning and coastal piloting. The program will be held at the Woods Hole Public Library, lower level meeting room.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Docents’ Training, June 2017

Docents’ training was held June 13 at the museum with informative presentations by our exhibit curators. Tom Chilton has once again used his design expertise on our shellfishing exhibit. Our navigation exhibit had several guest curators, including Steve Wagner, former Fisheries captain; Virginia Land, associate professor and captain at SEA; and Jennifer and Arthur Gaines, with Bob Grosch using his skills to mount and hang charts and naviational tools.

Navigating the Seas in the Age of Sail

Navigating the Seas in the Age of Sail, you will discover how Cape Cod fishermen travelled close to shore and far from land before the days of electronic devices.

The exhibit features reproductions and an original of large, century-old maritime charts from the archives of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Other artifacts include navigation tools such as sextants, compasses, sounding lines, chronometers and log lines. Thanks to Steve Wagner, retired captain of NOAA’s RV Albatross IV and Delaware and current member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Tom Chilton, Bob Grosch, Debbie Scanlon for curating this exhibit, and to WHOI for their assistance.