WHHM Conversation: Woods Hole Whaling, by Dr. Jim Hain

A Woods Hole Historical Museum Conversation about Whaling in Woods Hole
November 13th, 12:30 PM, Woods Hole Public Library

Candle House in Woods Hole in the early 1900s. Robert C. Hunt Jr. postcard collection, Falmouth Public Library.

The stone Candle House on Water Street, which now houses administrative offices for the Marine Biological Laboratory, is a reminder of a time 175 years ago when Woods Hole was home port for a number of whaling ships.  In “Woods Hole Whaling:  A National and Global Enterprise from a Small Village,” Dr. Jim Hain will present the history of whaling in Woods Hole.

 Today, ships and researchers from the village sail the oceans seeking knowledge directed to the conservation of whales.  In a past time, the ships and people sailed widely to harvest the whales.  As with Texas and Louisiana today, the raw materials then were brought to a refinery or manufactory―in this case, the Candle House in Woods Hole,  used for storing whale oil and manufacturing spermaceti candles.

 Dr. Hain has assembled details from logbooks, account books, narratives, photographs, videos, cemeteries, and the work of other authors to paint glimpses of Woods Hole, whaling voyages, and the whaling related products manufactured and sold from the village.

 Dr. Hain has worked at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Sea Education Association, and is currently affiliated with Associated Scientists at Woods Hole.  He has done research from Newfoundland to Brazil.  One of his current projects is studying and monitoring right whales and their calving in coastal waters of northeast Florida, where he works from December through April. 

 The conversation will be held at Woods Hole Public Library lower level meeting room and is free and open to the public.

Annual Oyster Talk and Tasting 2018

Woods Hole Historical Museum will hold its annual Oyster Talk and Tasting on Friday, August 24, from 5 to 7 PM on the museum grounds at 579 Woods Hole Road.
The first part of the evening will be a talk by local oyster growers Pete Chase, Eric Matzen and Mary Murphy explaining how oysters are grown in this area and the results from the past year. Pete could be considered one of the pioneers of modern oyster aquaculture in Falmouth, as he established his oyster growing operation in Gansett Cove. Now there are a host of people growing oysters in Falmouth, stretching from Waquoit to Megansett. Pete, Mary and Eric are part of a cooperative, Sippewissett Oysters, which sells its oysters through Coonamessett Farm.
Tickets are $40. This event is for museum members only but for only $30, non-members can join the museum and enjoy benefits of museum membership for the year.
To get tickets, either call the museum at 508-548-7270 or stop by 579 Woods Hole Road. For more information, email whhmdirector@gmail.com.

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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.

2017 Model Boat Show

The 11th Biennial WHHM Model Boat Show (April 22 and 23) was a wonderful event!  Despite a very raw and rainy day Saturday there was a good turnout and Sunday was absolutely spectacular!  Exhibitors and attendees clearly enjoyed the wide variety of things to see and do. There was something for everyone! Judy Stetson reports that one of the exhibitors, who travels around the country to various model boat shows, rates the WHHM show as among the best!

The members of the Model Boat Show program committee worked hard over the past few months to bring this event together: Jay Burnett, Christie Chilton, Tom Chilton, Bob Grosch, Kathy Cooper, Laura Reckford, P.K. Simonds, and Debbie Scanlon. And, of course, the outstanding co-captains of the event, Jennifer and Arthur Gaines, who are committed to what has become a great Woods Hole tradition and community builder. Thanks to all!

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.

A Conversation About Shellfishing

The next “Conversation” sponsored by the Woods Hole Historical Museum will be a historical look at shell-fishing in Falmouth. The Conversation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 at 1 PM in the meeting room in the lower level of the Woods Hole Public Library, 581 Woods Hole Road, adjacent to the Museum.

The speaker will be Matt Weeks, who comes to the subject with not only a lot of on-the-water knowledge, but also a deep curiosity and skill in searching historical documents. Matt was the fisheries technician for the Town of Falmouth for two years, and helped oversee the creation of oyster rafts in Little Pond, among other duties. Since then, he has moved on to become a self-employed shellfisherman, with an oyster grant just outside Waquoit Bay. He works that grant, and also participates in wild harvest.

He has found the time and energy to do serious research in the historical records in the Falmouth Historical Society archives and the Falmouth Public Library, gleaning information about shellfishing dating back to 1770s. He will talk about the results of that effort. Continue reading

Woods Hole Model Boat Show 2017

The Woods Hole Historical Museum will be holding its 11th Biennial Woods Hole Model Boat Show on Saturday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, 2017. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and 9 AM to 3 PM on Sunday.

See the entire 2-day schedule here.

See the map of Woods Hole with all the events here.

Our exhibitors come from all over New England and beyond. 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!

Please join this longstanding Woods Hole tradition, celebrating the beginning of the boating season, and help us make this the most fun Woods Hole Model Boat Show ever!

Interested in ATTENDING?

Your admission admits you to all exhibits and events over the two days of the show. Admission prices are $15 for an adult; $5 for ages 12 to 17; free for children under age 12. Admissions are available at three convenient locations during the event:

  • Woods Hole Historical Museum, 579 Woods Hole Road. Parking while you buy your ticket. (payment by cash, check or credit card)
  • Community Hall, Water Street, just over the bridge (payment by cash or check)
  • MBL Club, Water Street. The exhibit hall at the far end of the building (payment by cash or check).

Interested in CONSIGNMENT SALES at the event?

“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). Our attendees are your ideal market! And for prospective buyers, it is a treasure hunt for the unexpected yachting gem, whatever the scale. Prospective consignors should contact Kathy Cooper for more information and to pre-register their items in order to streamline their experience at this address: kathycooper61@comcast.net

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