WOODS HOLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
June 26 @ 12:00 am - July 31 @ 12:00 am
Two summer exhibits, one at the Woods Hole Public Library, and the second in the neighboring Woods Hole Historical Museum explain the name change of a short but historic road in the Gansett Woods area of Woods Hole.
WOODS HOLE PUBLIC LIBRARY: Two summer exhibits, one at the library, and the second in the neighboring Woods Hole Historical Museum explain the name change of a short but historic road in the Gansett Woods area of Woods Hole. “Renaming Agassiz Road: A Timeline” is the library exhibit. “Honoring Jewel Plummer Cobb” is the exhibit opening June 26 at the Historical Museum. The library exhibit, which will be open through the months of June and July, tells the story of the recent change in name of Agassiz Road to Jewel Cobb Road. When the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) developed the Gansett Woods for summer staff housing in 1916, they laid out the roads and named them for early scientists. Recently Woods Hole residents initiated a community wide campaign upon learning that the prominent scientist, Louis Agassiz, credited with inspiring the foundation of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), 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 panel 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 library will be hosting a Community Art Project again this summer. In previous years, the library has provided one specific material, such as catalogue cards, nautical charts, horseshoe crab sheds, and one year, even chairs! This year, however, the library will not provide the material, but rather, is designating the theme, which will be masks. To be clear, masks do not have to be the material, but they must be the main theme of the piece. This seems to be the obvious choice for this year, featuring an item which has been so much a part of our lives for the past 15 months. Potential artists of all levels from the community are encouraged to think outside the box and create a piece for the show. The library is convinced that people will surprise and delight us all with their creations. As in previous years, this project will morph into a fund-raiser for the library in that every piece will be included in an online auction to benefit the library. All entries should be at the Library by Saturday, July 24. They will be on display till Saturday, August 7. During those two weeks, the items will also be shown on the library website while the online auction runs simultaneously. Details of the auction will be at the library during the show as well as on the website www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org. Questions? Call the library at (508) 548-8961.