That between 1880-1886, Alpheus Hyatt founded the directed the Annisquam Seaside Laboratory, predecessor of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, under the auspices of the Boston Society of Natural History, and with support from the Women’s Educational Association of Boston? This summer school was primarily for the training of teachers of natural science, but several of the staff and students became well-known professional scientists, contributing to research as well as to science education. Alpheus Hyatt (1838-1902), trained by Louis Agassiz at Harvard University, was primarily a paleontologist who specialized in fossil cephalopods and their evolution. He also did special research on sponges and bryozoans. Hyatt transferred his Annisquam Seaside laboratory to Woods Hole, was instrumental in raising funds, and became the first President of the Board of Trustees for the Marine Biological Laboratory in 1888. Alpheus Hyatt was the father of Anna Hyatt Huntington, who created the Joan of Arc sculpture used in the World War I Memorial in Legion Square.
Inquiring minds wanted to know, so I grabbed my shovel and went digging. This is where Hyatt’s Seaside Laboratory was located on River Road in Annisquam, prior to relocating to Woods Hole (location information courtesy of Jim Groves).