This Week at the Museum
A good time was had by all at the docents' thank-you reception October 4. We had intended to have it outdoors but the 52-degree temperature prompted a change of venue! We went instead to the library meeting room and enjoyed tasty appetizers, wine and beer, and good conversation
Ted Fizelle and Becky Mountford sample the hors d'oeuvres; Marilyn Werner and Bill Wheeler are seated.
Arlene Lowenstein and Beth Ready Liles catch up after a busy summer
Our holiday party is December 13. Mark your calendars!
Museum closes Saturday, October 12!
Come by and check out the exhibits, especially Gallery 2,
which will have a new exhibit next season.
New Exhibit of Nature Drawings

Fruit Plate, by Winnie Mackey i s part of a new exhibit of nature drawings by students of Julia S. Child that will be on display in the front hall at the Woods Hole Historical Museum until the museum 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.
“Shell Study” by Susan Joslin
Painted Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula semifasciata) by Jennifer Stone Gaines
Plan Your Visit to the Museum
Galleries open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday until October 12
Bradley House
Begin your visit in Bradley House where you will be greeted by one of our docents who will provide you with a warm welcome and a brief introduction to this year’s exhibits and programs.
In Gallery Two: Village Views: Photographs and Memorabilia of Woods Hole in the 1890s.   Gallery Two celebrates Woods Hole as it was in the 1890s as seen through the eyes of photographer Baldwin Coolidge. The exhibit features vintage photos, clothing and artifacts to see and touch.
In the 1880s Mr. Coolidge produced stunning images of Maine and New Hampshire, and around 1890, he began photographing Boston, Lawrence and later Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the Cape. He took numerous images of the village of Woods Hole, especially investigators and scientists at the MBL. He continued coming to Woods Hole in the late 1890s and into the early 20th century. 
Because of his work in Woods Hole, the Museum Archives owns many original prints of Baldwin. In 1998, the museum printed a collection of his photos, “New England Views,” which is still available for purchase at the Museum shop.
Gallery One takes you on a journey through the past four centuries of Woods Hole. 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 100 th anniversary of the Woods Hole Community Association.
Be sure to check out recently added artifacts and documents in the whaling exhibit including an original metal candle mold, an accounting page from the Hobomok whaling ship logbook, and more.

Thanks to Jim Hain, WHHM member, and Tom Chilton, Chair of the WHHM Exhibit Committee for these updates
Gallery Three features a cool model of Woods Hole, circa 1895. And just behind Gallery Three check out the amazing ships in bottles!
Small Boat Museum
Continue your visit at the Small Boat Museum where you will find a great collection of Woods Hole boats including a beautiful Spritsail, our signature craft! Kids will enjoy the Climb-Aboard boat on the north side of the building along with knot-tying and block and tackle activities. A great photo op!

Yale Workshop
End your campus tour in the Yale Workshop where you’ll go back in time to the early 1900’s. It was then that Dr. Leroy Yale spent hours in this little workshop where he relaxed from his busy life as a pediatrician in New York City. Dr. Yale, originally from Martha’s Vineyard, used this summer workshop formerly located in Quisset for his many interests including woodworking, fishing, photography, etching and more. See what fun he had and try to imagine yourself back in the “days of old.”
Museum Gift Shop
T-Shirts - Sizes S to XXL.
New colors just arrived.
One of a kind Spritsail brass buckle and leather belt. 
  Made locally on Cape Cod.
Used Sails Wanted :
The museum gift shop is happily accepting used sails for our sail trade program with SeaBags Maine.

If you have a sail you'd like to donate, please drop it off at the museum or email
and we'll arrange for pick up. Thank you.
Don't forget to pick up a copy of Susan Witzell's, "Joseph Story Fay - The Life of a Modest Man."
Learn more about these and other WHHM programs. Please go to and click on Events.
or by visiting our website and "liking us" on Facebook.
Woods Hole Historical Museum
579 Woods Hole Road
(P.O. Box 185)
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Phone: 508-548-7270