2014 Calendar of Events and Programs

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

Calendar of Events


Opening Reception Sunday, June 15, 2-4 p.m. 
Museum exhibits open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, June 15-October 11.
Thursdays, 1-6 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.
Admission is $3 for adults; free for members and kids to 18.
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.

Explore Harwich’s story in the “World to end all Wars” in a new exhibit opening in 2014.


2014 Calendar of Events

All programs are at Brooks Academy Museum unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, February 15, 11 a.m. Brooks Free Library A 166 Years of Railroad on Cape Cod

Talk by author Ted Shrady followed by tour of railroad exhibit at Brooks Academy Museum. Sponsored with Brooks Free Library. Free.
Monday, February 17, 2-4 p.m.

Presidents’ Day Open House

Reenactors from the Yarmouth Minutemen demonstrate a soldier's life during the American Revolution. Museum exhibits, music, kids' activities and more. Free.

Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m.

Quilts of the Civil War

Maryanne Boberg of the Harwich Quilt Bank and Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project will talk about quilt-making in the mid-19th century. Visitors may bring historic quilts for brief verbal identification. Admission.

Sunday, March 23, 2 p.m.

Exploring Harwich Through the Paine Collection

Discover the treasures of Harwich history through the extensive historical and genealogical papers recently archived and digitized through a grant from Community Preservation Funds in this talk by the archivists. Admission.

Saturday, May 31, 2 p.m. Brooks Free Library

Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

Author Michael Tougias will talk about his newly released book chronicling the harrowing maritime tale of the sinking and rescue efforts surrounding the HMS Bounty. Part of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce’s Maritime Days Celebration. Free.

Thursdays, June 12 – October 9, 3-6 p.m. Museum exhibits open.

Harwich Farmers’ Market continues

On the grounds of Brooks Academy Museum. Exhibits open. Sponsored with the Harwich Agricultural Commission.

Sunday, June 15, 1-4 p.m.

2014 Season Opening at Brooks Academy Museum

New exhibits: Harwich Through Time Photo Display; Harwich & the War to End All Wars. Free.

Saturday, June 21, 2 p.m.

Island Pond Cemetery Tour

One-hour guided walking tour of one of Harwich’s most beautiful cemeteries with noted historian Joan Maloney.  Starts at Brooks Academy Museum.  Admission.

First Saturdays: July 5, August 2, September 6, & October 4, 2 p.m.

Guided Walking Tours of Historic Harwich Center

Costumed guides tell the stories and point out the sites of the historic village in this one-hour tour. Starts at Brooks Academy. Admission includes museum exhibits.

Thursday, July 17 & August 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Village Crafters

Juried show featuring local artisans on the grounds of Brooks Academy Museum.

Sunday, July 27, 2 p.m. 

To End All Wars: Songs of the First World War

Join music historian and performer Rick Spencer for a program of World War I era songs along with a discussion of the issues, events, and personalities in this centennial observance of the “War to End All Wars.” Includes tours of museum exhibit. Funded by the Harwich Cultural Council. Admission.

Saturday, August 30, 10-4 p.m.
Harwich Community Center

Harwich Historical Society Antique Show

Indoor show with 30-35 dealers also includes appraisals and lobster roll lunch. Proceeds benefit the Society.

Sunday, September 14, 3 p.m.

Barn Raising Party for Elmer Crowell Barn

Tours, “old-time” music by “Black Whydah”, and more celebrates reconstruction of barn used as workshop by the famous Harwich bird carver.

Saturday, September 20, 2 p.m.

Union Cemetery, East Harwich Methodist Church

One hour guided walking tour of the burial ground for the oldest active Methodist church on Cape Cod.

Saturday, October 11 1 p.m.  (Raindate:  Monday, October 13) 

Cranberry Bog Tour

Explore cranberry farming in Harwich on this guided tour of a working cranberry bog and museum exhibit, sponsored with Gingras Cranberries. Admission. Registration required.

Saturdays October 18 & 25, Start at dusk

Graveyard Tours

Meet the “spirits” of Harwich past on guided lantern tours of the Harwich Center Cemetery with costumed reenactors. Admission. Registration required.

Saturday, November 8, 10-2:30

Harwich Holiday Hometown Fair

Decorations, jewelry, crafts, holiday goodies and more. Proceeds benefit the Society.

Saturday, December 6, 1-4 p.m. Continues on Saturdays through December.

Christmas in Harwich

Features the new exhibit Celebrating Harwich Artist Charles D. Cahoon. Enjoy Cape Cod of a bygone era through paintings of this famous artist. From the Society’s collection.
Exhibit continues on Saturdays in December.


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