WHHM Conversation: “Influencing the Influencers: An Evolving Approach to Driving Climate Action”

April 14, 2021 at 7 PM (Zoom)
Woodwell Climate Research Center director Philip Duffy
and chief communications officer, Heather Goldstone

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Dr. Phil Duffy

Woodwell Climate Research Center was founded in 1985 as the Woods Hole Research Center, and adopted its current name in 2020 “to recognize the urgency of the climate crisis and the importance of the founding principles that continue to guide the center’s work.” From playing a leading role in the launch of the United Nations climate change negotiation process to shaping the first corporate guidelines on climate risk disclosure, the center has impacted societal decision-making. The approach has evolved and expanded from a focus on international policy to encompass work with municipalities, Indigenous communities, faith leaders, and private sector partners.

Watch the video of the April 14th Conversation here:

WHHM Conversation: Marine Biological Laboratory’s 133 Years of Scientific Discovery

“Marine Biological Laboratory’s 133 Years of Scientific Discovery” was the topic of the Woods Hole Historical Museum’s virtual conversation by MBL Director Nipam Patel on March 10 at 7 PM.

A video of the Conversation is here: 

Dr. Patel shared the history of the MBL, an international center for research and education in biological and environmental science that was founded in 1888 and was the second scientific institution established in Woods Hole.  The laboratory is now affiliated with the University of Chicago.

In addition to the lab’s history, Dr. Patel discussed how the MBL is working to expand the resident and the visiting scientist research programs, creating new educational offerings, including opportunities for undergraduates and high school students as well as other goals focusing on advancements in two major strategic research areas—imaging and new research organisms.

Dr. Patel was appointed MBL director in 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was Professor and Co-chair of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His scientific expertise encompasses the development of novel, genetic model organisms for biological study, which can reveal much about human biology; and the application of advanced imaging technologies to probe the fundamental dynamics of living systems. A longtime member of the MBL community, Dr. Patel has taught in the MBL Embryology course for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Edith Copenhaver, live in Woods Hole.

30 Years of the Woods Hole Film Festival: Celebrating the Past and Looking Towards the Future

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Woods Hole Historical Museum will host Judy Laster, founder and director of the Woods Hole Film Festival, on January 13 at 7 PM for a museum virtual conversation about 30 years of the Woods Hole Film Festival. She will give a historical overview of the festival and discuss how it has grown and adapted over the past three decades. We will also get a glimpse of what the future holds for not only this festival, but the world of independent film and film festivals in a fast-paced, ever-changing landscape.

Woods Hole Coloring Pages

We’ve taken some of our most iconic images and converted them into coloring pages for kids and adults alike!

Download your favorites from below, add color (and more detail if you want) and email us an image of your colored pages to share on our Facebook page. Happy coloring!


WHHM Conversation: Getting History Correct: Telling Our Story from the Wampanoag Perspective

November 19th, 2020, 7:00 PM (Zoom)

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Watch the Conversation here:


Steven Peters is the creative director and co-owner of SmokeSygnals with his mother Paula Peters. SmokeSygnals focuses much of its work on historical museum exhibits and cultural art installations. It’s the largest native-owned creative agency on the East Coast. Steven is responsible for the development of historical exhibits, content and interactive attractions that challenge historical myths. His work can be seen on Newbury Street in Boston, the Box Museum in Plymouth England, the Museum De Lakenhal in Lieden, and the Pilgrim Hall Museum and Provincetown Museum in Massachusetts.

In addition, Steve provided the creative direction for the traveling exhibit “Our” Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History, an exhibit that has been featured in Time Magazine, New York Times, BBC Radio and many other national and international publications for its ability to correct historical inaccuracies.

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.

WHHM Conversation: Pandemics: Living Forward by Understanding Backward

The Museum hosted a virtual conversation, “Pandemics: Living Forward by Understanding Backward,” on August 19 at 7 PM. You can view the recorded talk below:

In this lecture, infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Donald Burke of Woods Hole and Pittsburgh provided a historical overview of the emergence, spread, extinction, and re-emergence of virus disease epidemics: their origins from animal species, transmission in human populations, and post-epidemic outcomes. Starting with details of the 1918 influenza epidemic in Falmouth, he reconstructed the history of this past epidemic.

The lecture title is from a quote by Soren Kierkegaard.

Dr. Burke received his medical training at Harvard, then served 23 years on active duty at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where he led US military research on virus diseases. In 1997 he transitioned to academia to become a professor and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Immunization Research. In 2006 he became Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, stepping down a year ago. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Burke has led research on prevention and control of epidemic infectious diseases of global importance. A world renowned expert on virus epidemiology, he has authored more than 300 scientific publications and has served in senior advisory positions to the CDC, NIH, and WHO. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and recipient of the John Snow Award of the American Public Health Association. Drawing on his deep knowledge of viral epidemiology, Dr. Burke first predicted the threat posed by coronaviruses in 1997, five years before the SARS epidemic.

The Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Sultana Moves to Bourne Historical Society

See video below.

Woods Hole Historical Museum recently donated the half-scale model of 18th century schooner Sultana to the Bourne Historical Society. The Sultana was used for cargo and shipping along the coast and later by the British for patrolling the waters around Cape Cod during the Revolutionary War. 

This half-model was begun by Fred Littleton of Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, and taken on by our boat shop crew, who worked on the project on for several years. We then realized we just didn’t have the space and capacity to finish it. 

Bourne has the perfect location, as Skip Barlow of Bourne Historical will show you in this video. We are so pleased that the Bourne Historical Society is helping us realize our goal of preserving and displaying this window into American History. 



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Membership to the Woods Hole Historical Museum makes good sense if you are a full time or part time resident, a visitor, or a former resident who is interested in the unique and fascinating past and present cultures of Woods Hole and the surrounding region. We are a small, not-for-profit history museum offering an ever-changing menu of diverse exhibits and events designed to inform and celebrate our local and neighboring communities.

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