Celebrating the Sea Around Us

Maureen Nolan from the steering committee will represent the museum at the “The Sea Around Us” event on September 15 celebrating the legacy of Rachel Carson, presented by Woods Hole Business Association and the Woods Hole Science Community. 

The festivities will kick off with kids’ activities at MBL Club and Waterfront Park at noon, followed by the Anything-But-a-Boat Race at 1 PM. After the race, the “Take Back the Beach Ball” village block party, hosted by Quicks Hole Taqueria and the Landfall, will feature free outdoor music by local bands. Luscombe Avenue will be pedestrian-friendly from 2 to 6 PM and closed to vehicular traffic for this event immediately following the race.

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Dock Yard Sales at the Model Boat Show

This year’s Model Boat Show will continue the tradition of offering consignment sales for the benefit of consignors and shoppers alike. Known as Dock Yard Sales, this is a nautical flea market, operating both days of the show (April 13 – 14) in the lower level of Woods Hole Community Hall.

Model of Herreshoff S Boat; the design is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019

For consignors, this is a great opportunity to sell any model boat-related items; for buyers, it offers the discovery of unexpected maritime gems.

Proceeds of Dock Yard Sales are split 50 – 50 with the museum so this is a nice way to support your museum and clear out your boat barn or house. Over 80 percent of consigned items sold during past Model Boat Shows! 

Consigning at Dock Yard Sales is open to anyone—exhibitors, museum members, and non-museum members. We hope you and your friends will take advantage of this opportunity to consign (or donate) nautical items you no longer need. Examples of consigned items from past years include model boat kits, display models (whole or half), e.g., Herreshoff Buzzards Bay Boys Boat, Dark Harbor 17, Grand Banks Dory, Bluenose II, Boothbay Lobster Boat, HMS Beagle, how-to books, display cases, radio controls, and more.

Prospective consignors should contact Kathy Cooper with questions and/or to advance-register items to be consigned. This will streamline the process. Consignors should plan to drop off their items at the Woods Hole Community Hall on Friday afternoon, April 12th from 3 – 5 pm and reclaim any unsold items at the end of the show on Sunday afternoon. 

For more information:
Kathy Cooper kathycooper61@comcast.net
Home: (508) 548-5036
Cell:    (617) 371-6639

2019 Woods Hole Model Boat Show Sponsors

The Woods Hole Historical Museum is grateful to the sponsors of the 2019 Model Boat Show:









Martha’s Vineyard Saving Bank
My Generation Energy
Quicks Hole Tavern
W. S. Shultz, Co.


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Captain Kidd Restaurant

Coffee Obsession

Hamel Roofing

Michael B. McGrath and Karen M. Murphy

Woods Hole Market

Exploring the Photo Collection

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The image below shows the main page of the Photo Collection when there is no active search and no active selection.

To search for photos related to specific people, places, things, or topics, type a search term in the search box. The search includes all fields in the online photo database. In the example below, the word “railroad” has been entered in the Search box and images related to railroads appear. 

You can use the the Show dropdown menu to determine how many photos are displayed at one time. The image below shows the dropdown menu and the number of images that will be displayed — 10, 25, 50 or 100 .

Groups lets you load groups of photos at one time. That way if you’re looking for photos with numbers around 2600, for example, you can select the 2501-3000 group. Otherwise, you’d have to start at photo 1 and page a few at a time to get to 1501. Groups dropdown loads batches of 500 photos at a time. That’s not ideal — 500 photos are still a lot to go through — but, if you set Show to 100, you can move through a group of 500 fairly quickly.

The image immediately below shows the dropdown menu for the selection of Groups and the image below that shows that the Group 1501-2000 has been selected.


Although many photos in the collection are undated, for those that are it is possible to browse the collection by Decade. You can see the photos for the early 1800s and for any decade from 1840 to 2010 by using the Decade dropdown. The image below shows the dropdown menu for the selection of Decades. 

The Museum has several large collections of photographs, including the Baldwin Coolidge photos described in the Introduction, several collections from the MBL, and various family collections. You can see the photos in each of the larger collections at the Museum by using the Collections dropdown. The image below shows the Dropdown menu for Collections.

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It is also possible to make multiple selections. In the image below, we have selected images from two Decades, one Collection, and one Group.

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To end a selection, click on the blue name of the selected Decade, Collection, or Group. The image shows that the Decade 1930s has been deselected and appears as strikethrough type.


Requesting more information or larger copies of the photos
The photos displayed are small version of larger files. If you’d like to see a larger version of a photo, contact the Museum Archivist, Susan Witzell at archives@woodsholemuseum.org. Let her know the file numbers of the images you’re interested in.

To return to the Historical Photos page, click here.

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Annual Oyster Talk and Tasting 2019

Woods Hole Historical Museum will hold its
Annual Oyster Tasting Summer Fundraiser
on Friday, August 23, from 5 to 7 PM
on the museum grounds at 579 Woods Hole Road.

The first part of the evening will feature a talk by local oyster growers Pete Chase, Mary Murphy, and Eric Matzen of Sippewissett Shellfish Cooperative. They will explain how oysters are grown in this area and the results from the past year as well as answer questions from the crowd.

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.

This event is your chance to learn about, and taste local oysters while you support your favorite Woods Hole museum!

$40 for members and $50 for non-members.

Don’t Miss the Fun! Download and Complete an Oyster Event Reservation Form Here!

You can also pay safely and securely online with PayPal by clicking on the link below. If you pay using PayPal, also download and complete the registration form and note at the bottom that you have made your payment online.

For more information, email whhmdirector@gmail.com.

Winter Storms, 2015

The long and brutal winter of 2015 resulted in many spectacular photographs and an exhibit at the museum. Below are some photos and two short movies all taken during the long and brutal winter of 2015. The photos were all taken by Bob Grosch and the movie of the blizzard is Bob’s as well. The video “Frozen Woods Hole from Above” is by Brian Switzer.

To see larger versions of Bob’s photos, click on “Show picture list”. His blizzard video is below. To see Brian’s video, click here