Education Programs

Explore the history of Harwich and the Cape through an interactive tour of the museum exhibits and select one of our hands-on programs for your students, scouts, or home-school group. These programs are offered by reservation. Cost is $2 per child. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (508) 432-8089 or email harwichhistoricalsociety@verizon.net.

All Aboard the Harwich Railroad

A "train man" shows a model of the Harwich trains to some childrenExplore the history of transportation, commerce, and culture in this hands-on adventure in railroading on “olde Cape Cod.”

The Harwich Historical Society and the Nauset Model Railroad Club have partnered to create an exciting train exhibit that shows how the railroad opened up the lower Cape to business and tourists and greatly improved the life of its residents.

The exhibit includes an extensive working HO-scale model layout of the Hyannis to Orleans line that students can help operate as engineers, brakemen, conductors, and dispatchers.

The program is supervised by a brakeman on the Cape Cod Central Railroad, who will guide students to run the Harwich railroad just as he works real trains between Hyannis and the Cape Cod Canal.

Cranberry Culture on Cape Cod

kids and cranberriesExplore the history and culture of cranberry farming is this one-hour program designed for elementary-age students.

Includes a short video about cranberry production, a guided tour of the museum’s extensive cranberry exhibit, and a “hands-on” activity to build mini-bogs.