Calendar of Events

Programs and events will be held at Brooks Academy Museum unless otherwise noted. 

 

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pmA. Elmer Crowell Barn

    Saturday, May 7, 2022
    10:00 am-12:00 pm

    Drop in at the Crowell Barn this Saturday to watch the students at work. The Art of Decoy Making Workshop, led by Master Woodcarver, painter, and decoy maker, Paul Phillips, demonstrates the traditional folk art of bird carving and painting. Visitors will be able to view our carvers at work in the original woodshop of world-renowned decoy artist Anthony Elmer Crowell, and learn about future opportunities to sign up for decoy making classes at the Barn! Select pieces from the Harwich Historical Society’s collection will also be on display. Free Admission!

    Be sure to visit our Gift Shop for our Spring Sale!

  • Tue
    17
    May
    2022
    1:00pm - 3:00pm11 Strawberry Ln. Yarmouth Port

    Join the Harwich Historical Society for a special collaborative day of history with the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth on Tuesday, May 17

    Registration is required - $10 per person

     

    1:00-1:50 pm – Guided walking tour of Historic Old King’s Highway in Yarmouth Port

    Historic homes—many owned by sea captains—old inns, houses of worship, taverns, and quaint shops are just some of the things you'll find along the historic Old King's Highway in Yarmouth Port

    As the road winds its way under a canopy of shade trees you'll pass an almost endless collection of historic homes, some dating from the 1600s. From modest Capes to stately Colonials, these homes—still lived in or converted to inns, B&Bs, and even a museum—have been carefully, lovingly preserved by generations of owners and restored to their original character.

    2:00-2:50 pm – Visit the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the centerpiece of the Society’s properties, this home is a stately, fully-furnished sea captain's home, circa 1840. It is the only one like it on Cape Cod regularly open to the public, providing an intimate glimpse into how sea captains' families lived and entertained in the Victorian era.

    The home is arranged as if Captain Hallet was just returning from one of his many voyages to China and features period furnishings, silk, porcelain, and other antique pieces plus an extensive maritime exhibit.

    Enjoy this guided tour and experience lively stories of Yarmouth sea captains' hair-raising adventures at sea during the Golden Age of Sail when clipper ships helped open the world to international trade on a global scale and made Cape Cod sea captains famous.

    To learn more about the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth visit www.hsoy.org

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2022
    11:00 amBrooks Academy Museum Lawn

    The 2022 Harwich Historical Society Annual Meeting

    On the agenda will be a review of the 2021 year, approving the Board of Directors, as well as approving changes to the Society bylaws.

    The meeting will take place on the lawn of Brooks Academy to accommodate the maximum number of people in a safe and socially distant environment. Please bring your own chairs!

    The Society seeks the interest and support of all members and its many friends. Attendance at the Annual Meeting is a welcomed indication to staff and the many volunteers that their efforts are recognized and appreciated.

    Hope to see you there!

    Rain date TBA

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2022
    11:30 amPine Grove Cemetery

    Saturday, July 9 - 11:30 am

    $7 HHS members, $10 non-members

    West Harwich resident and HHS life member J. Duncan Berry will be leading an "illustrated tour" of the Pine Grove Cemetery in West Harwich. Making use of the Historical Society's vast collection of digitized photographs and other sources, Berry will present a cross section of the village's more colorful and historically significant individuals, families, and institutions. Beginning with the Chase family's multi-generational role in the preeminence of the village, the tour will present highlights from several of the many noteworthy sea captains buried here as well as a discussion of the two ministers who maintained the vitality of the Baptist Church for a century. Some of the more interesting and overlooked town characters, from physicians and talented artists, will also be discussed.

    Duration: 50 minutes
    Meet at the tall marble obelisk at the Cemetery. Parking is available along Pine Grove Road.

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2022
    11:30 amWest Harwich Schoolhouse

     


    Saturday, July 2, 11:30 am

    $7 HHS members, $10 non-members

    Join historian J. Duncan Berry on a walk through Captains’ Row—the stretch of Route 28 in West Harwich from the Herring River to the Dennis town line. This mile of Route 28 wears its deep historical and cultural significance in its wide array of buildings, each a fine example of a major style of American residential architecture from the 1740s to the 1940s. This walking tour discusses these amazing buildings, explaining the architectural styles and details, and noting the Harwich families who built them and lived in them. Captains’ Row is a multi-generational dialogue about the good life, played out in architecture, from the colonial days through the age of the great sea captains, and on to early motorized tourism.

    Duration: 50 minutes