The Woods Hole Historical Museum will open for the season on June 15 with a new exhibit, “Village Views: Photographs and Memorabilia of Woods Hole in the 1890s.” The display in gallery two will feature photos by Baldwin Coolidge of Woods Hole in 1895, as well as artifacts, photos, clothing and other items that present a picture of Woods Hole life in the late 19th century.
In the 1880s Mr. Coolidge produced stunning images of Maine and New Hampshire, putting them before the public in mounted sets with the title, “New England Views.” Around 1890 he began photographing Boston and 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.
A Massachusetts native who switched careers from civil engineering to photography, Mr. Coolidge’s studio was in Boston. He later became staff photographer at the Museum of Fine Arts and photographed the interiors and material in the original MFA, which was in Copley Square, then continued on when it moved to its current location in 1910. In addition he photographed many scenes in Boston and on Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay.
Because of his work in Woods Hole, the Woods Hole Historical Museum Archives owns many original prints by Mr. Coolidge, as well as several original glass plate negatives in his characteristic large format of about 8x10 inches. In 1998 the museum printed a collection of his photos, “New England Views,” which is still available for purchase.
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 from the 1600s to the present. This year the exhibit will include a display on the 100th anniversary of the Woods Hole Community Association.
Later in the season, art by the students in Julia Child’s Nature Drawing class will be exhibited.
Walking tours led by Rob Blomberg will be offered in July and August on Tuesdays at 10 AM.
Museum hours are from 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibits will end October 12.
Woods Hole Historical Museum is at 579 Woods Hole Road.