Welcome to the Harwich Historical Society online.

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 will celebrate its 65th year in 2018.

The Society's collection chronicles several hundred years of Harwich History, highlighted by the Cape's largest cranberry culture exhibit.

Hours and access to materials

  • The Museum is OPEN for the season. Season ends October 7, 2017.
  • Hours are Thursdays, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday 1-4 p.m.
  • Research library & Photo archive – Open by appointment year-round.
  • Office Hours – Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, year-round, with occasional exceptions. You can call us at 508-432-8089. Leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Farmers' Market

We support a Farmer's Market, Thursday afternoons from June 8 through October 5, 3-6 p.m. Museum exhibits and Crowell Barn open.

HHS at Brooks AcademyMembership

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!