Hello! My name is Marie Kesten Zahn, your new Director as of December 4, 2019. I’m a Cape Cod native, having grown up in Yarmouth before undertaking my undergraduate and graduate studies in Florida and living elsewhere along the East Coast before returning to the Cape in 2016. Prior to becoming your director, I served…

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A brand new exhibit features the marvelous historic houses of West Harwich. This YouTube video features the talk by Duncan Berry about the fascinating people who lived in the houses.

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After ten years, the Museum’s popular HO model railroad exhibit showing Harwich and the neighboring towns of Orleans and Brewster, has come down. Built by members of the Nauset Model Railroad Club of Orleans, the layout’s trains operated for the last time in December of 2018. The exhibit is currently on the second floor of…

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Sara Chase with 1835 plaque

Harwich is rich in old homes – some elegant and some humble.  As buildable lots become ever scarcer, too many of these buildings are threatened by the wrecker’s ball. The Landmarks Officer’s principal responsibility is to support an owner of a home that is at least 100 year old in documenting its history. After a…

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Emily Lindberg and Jeannette Louth donate a painting

Perhaps two of our most important local acquisitions are the Paine papers and the Brooks papers which are being digitalized and made available for research. These papers include much important local information, including rare Indian deeds, including this one shown from the late 1600s. More recently the historical society has been gifted with paintings and…

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