2015 Calendar of Events and Programs

All Programs will be held at Brooks Academy Museum unless otherwise noted.

Calendar of Events


Opening Reception Sunday, June 21, 2-4 p.m. 
Museum exhibits open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, June 25-October 10. Combined admission for museum and Elmer Crowell barn is $4 adults; free for kids, students, and members.
Thursdays, 1-6 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.
Research library & Photo archive – Open by appointment year-round.
Office Hours – Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, year-round.

Group tours and education programs are offered year round by appointment.
For more information or to make a reservation, please call the museum at (508) 432-8089 or email harwichhistoricalsociety@verizon.net.

Elmer Crowell Barn, opening in 2015, has been reconstructed on the grounds of the museum.  Explore the story of the famous Harwich bird carver through audiovisual and photographic displays, tools, and bird carving demonstrations. 


2015 Calendar of Events

Prograns/events will be held at Brooks Academy Museum unless otherwise noted. Admission to programs is $5 for adults; $4 for members. $2 for kids and students.

Farmers' Market Thursdays, June 11-October 8, 3-6 p.m.  On the grounds of Brooks Academy Museum.  Exhibits open for extended hours.  Sponsored with Harwich Agricultural Commission.
Explore Harwich History & the Elmer Crowell Barn Sunday, June 21, 2-4 p.m. Celebrate the opening of the newly reconstructed Elmer Crowell Barn and 2015 museum exhibits at Brooks Academy Museum.  Free.
Island Pond Cemetery Tour Saturday, June 27, 2 pm Explore one of Harwich's most beautiful cemeteries on this one-hour guided walking with with local historican Joan Maloney. Starts at the museum.
Attack on Orleans;  The World War I Submarine Raid on Cape Cod Saturday, July 11, 2 pm Author Jake Klim relates the story of a German submarine that attacked an unarmed tug and its barges off Orleans,the only spot in the United States to receive enemy fire during World War I.  
Guided Walking Tours of Harwich Center.   Saturdays, July 18; August 8; September 12; October 3, 2 p.m.   Costumed guides tell the stories and point out the sights of the historic village during the Civil War era. Starts at the museum and includes admission to museum & barn exhibits.
Village Crafters Thursdays, July 23 & August 13, 10-6. Juried show features local artisans on the grounds of the museum.  Lobster roll lunch at First Congregational Church.
Reconstructing the Elmer Crowell Barn Saturday, July 25, 2 pm David Ottinger talks about historic New England barns and the project to save Elmer Crowell's workshop.
All Aboard the Harwich Railroad for Kids Monday, August 3, 1-3 pm

Kids 6-12 are invited  to operate the extensive model train layout as engineers, brakemen, and conductors in this hands-on adventure.  $2.

Decoy Appraisal Day  Saturday, August 15, 2 pm With Ted Harmon of Decoys Unlimited.  
Harvest Pie Sale Sunday, August 23, noon All homemade; all delicious.  Benefits Society.
Petticoats  at Sea Sunday, August 30, 2 pm Join actress and historian Joan Gatturna for a dramatic presentation of women's life at sea during the Age of Sail.  Funded by the Harwich Cultural Council.  At First Congregational Church.  Free.  
Harwich Antique Show Saturday, September 5, 10-4. 30+ dealers; appraisals.  Lobster roll lunch.  Held at Harwich Community Center, 100 Oak Street.  Admission.  
West Harwich Baptist Church Cemetery Tour Saturday, September 26, 1 pm Explore the lives of mariners, ship builders, and business tycoons who called West Harwich home on this fascinating guided tour.
Vintage Woodworking Sunday, September 27, 2 pm Tom Bednark of Barnstable Bat Company talks about old ways of working with wood.
Harwich's  Cranberry Culture & Bog Tour  Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, 1 p.m.   Explore cranberry farming in Harwich on this guided tour of a working cranberry bog and museum exhibit, sponsored by the Harwich Historical Society and Gingras Cranberries. $5 adults; $2 kids and students. Registration is required as space is limited.
Graveyard Tours Saturday, October 17 & 24, Begin at dusk. Meet the "spirits" of Harwich past on these lantern tours of the First Congregational Church Cemetery. Reservations required.  Admission $10 adults; $5 kids.
Hometown Holiday Fair Saturday, November 7, 10-2:30. Decorations, jewelry, crafts, holiday goodies and more.  Benefits Society.   
Christmas in Harwich Saturday, December  5, 1-4 p.m. Happy 153rd birthday to famed Harwich bird carver Anthony Elmer Crowell!  Museum and Crowell barn exhibits open.   Free.

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