Woods Hole Historical Museum
Events and Exhibits NewsStay tuned for more events to come!
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 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.
Explore the history of Woods Hole through its businesses. Learn about carpenters and entrepreneurs, about tea rooms, restaurants and bars. This is the web version of an exhibit that was up in the Museum for the summers of 2015 and 2016. To visit the exhibit, click here.
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.
U.S. Coast Guard (including Nobska Light House)
Steamship Authority (see Woods Hole History: Subjects)
Woods Hole Child Center
Woods Hole Community Association
Woods Hole Cooperative Association
Woods Hole Golf Club
Woods Hole Library
Woods Hole School
Woods Hole Woman’s Club
Woods Hole Women’s Equal Suffrage League
Woods Hole Yacht Club
Woods Hole Yacht Club Julie Rankin Collection
Bike Path (Shining Sea Bike Path)
Boats: Woods Hole Spritsail Collection
Elizabeth Islands: Nonamessett, Naushon, Pasque, Nashawena, Cuttyhunk, Penikese
Elizabeth Islands: Tarpaulin Cove Lighthouse (Naushon)
Fire Department Records
Hungarian Student Committee
Hurricanes and Storms
Music in Woods Hole
Pacific Guano Company
Parking Task Force
Railroads (Woods Hole area: Old Colony, NY, NH& H, Cape Cod)
Whaling in Woods Hole and Whaling
Woods Hole Garage & Market
World War II
Quissett Yacht Club
Woods Hole Houses:
Wheelwright House Collection
WHOI Historical House Survey and Properties
10 boxes of house information kept by area
Kay Hiam Collection of Quissett Avenue Property Histories
Ephemera, Photographs and Postcards:
Exhibitors: If you’d like to exhibit at the Model Boat Show, fill out and return the Exhibitor’s Registration form.
To download the form as a Word docx that you can fill out on your computer, and then return as an email attachment, click here.
To download the form as a PDF that you can print out, fill out with a good old pen, and then mail in, click here.
To return the form as an attachment, email Jennifer Gaines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To mail the form on paper, send it to Jennifer Gaines, WHHM, P.O. Box 185, Woods Hole, MA 02543.
If you have questions, contact Jennifer at email@example.com.
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.
The Membership Year is from July 1 to June 30.
Benefactor Membership: $1,000 or more
Patron Membership: $500
Donor Membership: $100
Family Membership: $50
Individual Membership: $30
All memberships include a subscription to Spritsail, which contains articles on Woods Hole and Falmouth history and is published twice yearly; plus other mailings that include our semi-annual newsletter, The Mainsheet, and notices about the monthly Conversation programs, lectures, workshops and special events.
You can always stop in the Museum office during our business hours.
Email inquiries about membership to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each fall over the last several years an exhibit of Drawings from Nature have appeared at the Museum. The artists are all students of Julia S. Child of Woods Hole and are all adult year-round residents of Woods Hole and Falmouth. Most of these students are over age fifty and have come to Julie’s classes from varying backgrounds and abilities. One, Tom Hodgson, says he had never picked up a colored pencil nor done a nature drawing till he came to Julie’s class. Now his drawings are among the most accomplished and beautiful. Most of the work has been done in colored pencil, though there are also illustrations in pen and ink and watercolor.
The students quickly point out that the detail and precision of the drawings does not come quickly or easily. The students draw from nature, usually from Julie’s collection of specimens of insects or shells or from live samples. They can spend hours working on one butterfly’s wing. All the students agree that Julie has the ability to make them really look carefully at their subject, to really see what is before them, to look at the “negative space” even before they pick up a pencil. As Jeanette Fullerton, who has taken the Nature Drawing classes for two years says “I have done watercolor and sketching for many years, but on taking Julie’s class, I really learned to look, and look again…. and also to use colored pencils. I am so impressed with the other students’ work.”
Julie has been teaching nature drawing and biological illustration since 1976, primarily at Sarah Lawrence College and the Children’s School of Science in Woods Hole, inspiring and guiding students through all these years. She began teaching a series of Nature Drawing classes for adults to this “Woods Hole Group” in her “retirement” and her students won’t let her stop. The classes have taken place for ten years.
As Jennifer Gaines, former director of the Museum and also a student of Julie’s says “She seems to pull this ability out of us, to make us better observers and artists. When you look at us as a bunch, we look pretty ordinary; but out of us, thanks to Julie, come these extraordinarily beautiful drawings.” The end result is closer to the skills of “biological illustration” than to “artistic interpretation”, yet these artists see the beauty within the object and bring it onto the paper for the viewer to enjoy.
To continue to the exhibit, click here.