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. In 2019 we celebrated the 175th birthday of the building!

Founded in 1953, the Harwich Historical Society has been operating for 70 years!

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 currently closed for construction with an anticipated reopening near the end of 2024
  • Research library & Photo archive - the museum is closed to the public, but research inquiries may be submitted via email to research@harwichhistoricalsociety.org
  • Office Hours - We have a part time administrator who can be reached at (508) 432-8089 or info@HarwichHistoricalSociety.org


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 sign up online here.

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, programs, gift shop assistance, and more. We'd love to hear from you.

If you have an item of historical interest, especially one with Harwich provenance, please consider donating it to the museum. Keep in mind though, we don't have much storage room, so call us first to discuss large items.  Your donation is tax-deductible and your contribution to the preservation of Harwich history is immeasurable!

Who We Are

Museum Administrator: Sarah Murphy

President: Anita Doucette

Vice President: J. Duncan Berry

Treasurer: Linda Cebula

Secretary: vacant

Gift Shop: Jane Chase

Collections: Carole DeChristopher

Board Members:
Ellen Ellis, Bobby Parr, Terry Warner, Lynne Zalesak

Research: Lynne Zalesak and Anita Doucette

Landmarks: Dr. Joan Maloney

Archives and Cataloguing: Vacant

Fundraising and Development: Vacant

Volunteer Coordinator: Vacant

2022-2023 President: Sally Cormier
2021-2022 President: Taffy Aldrovandi
2020-2021 President: Peggy Rose
2019-2020 Co-Presidents: Carole DeChristopher, Fran Geberth, Dr. Joan Maloney