About Us

Welcome to the Harwich Historical Society online.

What’s New
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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 21, 2-4 p.m. Museum exhibits open Thursday, June 24 – Saturday, October 10. 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.

What's New
Elmer Crowell Barn will open in 2015 on the grounds of the museum. The reconstructed workshop will showcase the life and work of Harwich's famous bird carver through audiovisual & photo displays, tools, and demonstrations.

Harwich Between the Wars: Challenge and Change Chronicles how Harwich survived the difficult years from the end of the Civil War to World War I.

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 11 through October 8, 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.

Get Involved
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!


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