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.

Nature Drawings by students of Julia S. Child

“Shell Study” by Susan Joslin is part of a new exhibit of nature drawings by students of Julia S. Child that will be on display at the  the museum until it closes October 12.

Ms. Child is a biological illustrator and her work has appeared in books, scientific journals and textbooks.  She has taught at the Children’s School of Science for many years. She also teaches a nature drawing class for adults, whose works are shown in this exhibit. Her students’ drawings are in colored pencil.

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 150th anniversary of the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory.

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.


Brian Switzer Video

Captain Kidd Restaurant

Coffee Obsession

Hamel Roofing

Michael B. McGrath and Karen M. Murphy

Woods Hole Market

WHHM Conversation: Assessing the Value of Old and Rare Books

Tuesday, March 26, 1:30 PM
Woods Hole Public Library

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing, will give a talk on the value of old and rare books on March 26, at Woods Hole Public Library (581 Woods Hole Road).  The event is co-sponsored by the Library and the Woods Hole Historical Museum. 

Ken Gloss (left)

Mr. Gloss, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his bookshop, which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

He will also show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There will be also a question-and-answer session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, Mr. Gloss will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them.

WHHM Conversation & Tour: The Wonders of Dr. Yale’s Workshop

Tuesday, April 30, at 12:30pm
Woods Hole Public Library
Tour of Yale Workshop immediately following

The Yale Workshop

Dr. Leroy Milton Yale Jr. (1841-1906) was born on Martha’s Vineyard and lived in New York City, but his summer home was in Quissett, where he created his fascinating workshop. This workshop now sits on the grounds of the Woods Hole Historical Museum. It was the place where he pursued his many hobbies, including photography, etching, woodworking, fly-tying, and writing. As part of Art Week, Woods Hole Historical Museum volunteer Laura Reckford will take us on a virtual and then a literal tour of the Workshop, pointing out some of the treasures from the Museum’s permanent collection and giving insight into one summer resident’s life in Quissett more than 100 years ago.


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.

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

A Woods Hole Historical Museum Conversation about Whaling in Woods Hole
November 13th, 2018, 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.