Trains, Cranberries and More at the Harwich Historical Society

New upcoming exhibits and events at the Brooks Academy Museum

HARWICH - Trains are once again arriving in Harwich, model trains that is. The Harwich Historical Society and the Nauset Model Railroad Club have teamed together to create an exhibit featuring the Harwich railroad story, opening Sunday, June 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Brooks Academy Museum, 80 Parallel Street in Harwich.

The exhibit will reconstruct part of the Barnstable-Harwich-Orleans line with a 17'x 20' HO-scale working model layout. Also included will be the Society's collection of historical railroad photos and memorabilia along with items donated by other historical societies and individuals connected with railroading. The opening day program will feature a talk about the Harwich railroad by members of the Nauset Model Railroad Club, exhibit opening, and refreshments. The exhibit will be open through the summer on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Also new for 2007 is a display about the state leprosy hospital on Penikese Island which operated from 1905 to 1921. The exhibit "Penikese - Island of Hope" is based on a book written by Tom Buckley and is on loan from the Cuttyhunk Historical Society, Museum of the Elizabeth Islands.

Visitors will also be able to see the new cranberry bog diorama, recently built by students in the Horticulture Program at the Cape Cod Regional Tech School. The diorama shows the history of cranberry harvesting techniques and is part of the museum's cranberry culture exibit.

Brooks Academy Museum will be open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 1 to 4 p.m. through Labor Day weekend and the Thursday and Friday 1 to 4 p.m. through mid-October. Admission is $3 per person. Kids to age 18 and members are free. For more information, please call (508) 432-8089.

Brooks Academy Museum is home to the Harwich Historical Society. The 1844 former Pine Grove Seminary houses centuries of Harwich history, collected, preserved, and exhibited by the Society. For more information, please call (508) 432-8089, email [email protected] or visit www.harwichhistoricalsociety.org.

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