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.
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.
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.
Painting the Town With the Guild of Harwich Artists  Thursday 1-6; Friday & Saturday, 1-4; October 1-3   New exhibit of plein air works inspired by historic views and landmarks on the grounds of Brooks Academy Museum. Includes bird carving demonstrations and “Meet the artist” events, museum exhibits & Crowell workshop. Admission benefits Society’s educational programs.
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 14, 10-2:30. Decorations, jewelry, crafts, holiday goodies and more.  Benefits Society.   
Christmas in Harwich Saturdays, December 
5, 12 & 19;
1-4 p.m.
Celebrating the 153rd birthday of Harwich’s famous bird carver Anthony Elmer Crowell with a display of recent donations of Crowell artifacts and ephemera. Museum exhibits and barn open. Admission on opening day is free; $4 adults; free for students and kids on other days.

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