Brooks Academy 1887

Brooks Academy in 1887. Four men on the steps out front, and a high-wheel bicycle leaning on the column.

Cranberry Bog During Picking

View of cranberry bog during picking with boxes stacked on right and wagons and horses on left. Ralph U Brett Collection.

Elmer Crowell Painting a Decoy

Taken in 1938. Elmer Crowell painting one of his duck decoys, surrounded by his work.

John H. Paine 1899 HHS Graduating Class

Black & white photo of Harwich High School graduating Class of 1899, with 31 people identified.

Brooks Academy

Sidney Brooks was born in Harwich in 1813. He was educated at Phillips Academy in Andover, and went to Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Cranberry Culture

Cape Cod’s largest exhibit dedicated to interpreting and presenting the history of Cranberry Culture on Cape Cod is here at Harwich Historical.
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Crowell Barn Museum

Explore the story of the Harwich bird carver A. E. Crowell at his newly reconstructed barn on the grounds of Brooks Academy Museum in Harwich.
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John H. Paine Collection

A collection of historical documents, it preserves much local history. Collected by Josiah Paine, who was born in Harwich in 1836, and had interest in history and genealogy.
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Joyce P. Roche, volunteer, explaining the new Paine Exhibit created by her.
Joyce P. Roche, volunteer, explaining the new Paine Exhibit created by her. Picture taken in first floor lecture room in the south west corner of the Brooks Academy

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top hat and hat box in textile room exhibit
Brooks Academy Museum second floor textile room exhibit prepared for the first summer in June 1991 displaying a gentleman's top hat and hat box.

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Walter Julin, Chairman of Furniture

Walter Julin, Chairman of Furniture, Bowls, Boxes, etc. and painting, among wooden finished projects of painted chairs with caned seats, paintings, bowls and small barrel.

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