Welcome to the Harwich Historical Society online.
The Harwich Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to preserve, collect, and interpret Harwich history through exhibitions, education programs, active collecting, and research. The Society is housed in the historic Brooks Academy, the former Pine Grove Seminary. The 1844 building is owned by the town of Harwich.
Founded in 1953, the Harwich Historical Society celebrated its 60th year in 2013.
The Society's collection chronicles several hundred years of Harwich History, highlighted by the Cape's largest cranberry culture exhibit.
Opening reception: Sunday, June 15, 2-4 p.m. Museum exhibits open Thursday, June 19 – Saturday, October 11. Hours are Thursdays, 1-6 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 1-4 p.m. Research library & Photo archive – Open by appointment year-round. Office Hours – Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, year-round.
Harwich and the War to End All Wars. Exhibit chronicles the stories of those who served during World War I in uniform, as civilians, and life on the home front.
Harwich Through Time. Trace Harwich's evolution from Pilgrim days to present day in this pictorial history with photos from the Society, private collections, and authors Carole DeChristopher and Joan Maloney. The exhibit is based on recently published book by the same name.
Elmer Crowell & Son Barn Museum: Underway in 2014!
Thompson Clam Bar 1983 Documentary Now on DVD!
$20 Call or email the Society for a copy or order via PayPal. Relive a summer at the largest seasonal restaurant east of the Mississippi in this 37-minute documentary with full color and sound. Includes insert with vintage photos and a history of the restaurant. Order here.
Farmers' Markets Continue
Thursday afternoons from June 12 through October 9, 3-6 p.m. Museum exhibits open.
Whether you are a Cape Cod
native, a “wash ashore,” or a
summer visitor, membership in
the Harwich Historical Society is
a great way to connect with Harwich’s history on an ongoing basis. Your contribution supports education programs, exhibits,
and the preservation of Harwich’s past.
Members receive a quarterly newsletter, advance information about upcoming lectures and exhibitions, free admission to the
museum and research library, reduced fees on programs, and a gift shop discount.
Please click here for a printable version of our membership form,
or contact the museum by email or call (508) 432-8089.
We invite you to join our active group of volunteers who are involved in all parts of museum work. They enjoy fellowship with like-minded volunteers and the opportunity to learn more about Harwich history. There are opportunities in guiding, working with collection materials, exhibit construction, gift shop assistance, and more. We'd love to hear from you.
If you have an item you think might have interest to future generations of Harwich residents, please consider donating it to the museum. Your donation is tax-deductible and your contribution to the preservation of Harwich history is immeasurable!