Left Behind: Clues to Life in the Past on Cape Cod

This 2021 exhibit explores the archaeology associated with the earliest indigenous settlements on Cape Cod.

Spencer Baird

Spencer Baird exploring

With the Public Archaeology Laboratory in Pawtucket, RI, the museum has developed a display on Native American archaeological sites, ranging from approximately 12,000 to 450 years ago, along with artifacts and images to tell us more about the culture of the earliest inhabitants of our region well before the Mayflower landing in 1620.

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Arrowheads

Some of the areas featured are recorded archaeological sites that document indigenous occupation across the Cape.

The museum’s exhibit also includes the Upper Cape, where the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has had continuous presence for thousands of years.

Funding provided by the Woods Hole Foundation and the Cape Cod Foundation’s Falmouth Fund.

Honoring Jewel Plummer Cobb

JPCSummer 2021 WHHM Exhibit

“Honoring Jewel Plummer Cobb” exhibit tells the story of the change in name of Agassiz Road to Jewel Cobb Road.  Woods Hole residents initiated a community wide campaign upon learning that the prominent scientist, Louis Agassiz, credited with inspiring the start of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), was a white supremacist who used his science in support of his racist theories.  Seventeen illustrated panels give a step-by-step narrative of the way the name change came about.

The museum exhibit is a large, illustrated banner that provides information on Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb, a distinguished scientist and Falmouth resident.  Dr. Cobb was a cell biologist and educator.  Early in her career she worked at the MBL.  Subsequently, she became Dean at several colleges and universities and President of California State University at Fullerton. She was most proud of her mentorship of aspiring young scientists, especially women and people of color.  The exhibit includes fond remembrances of Dr. Cobb from Woods Hole and Falmouth colleagues, friends and neighbors.

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.