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Historical Societies & Museums


Eastham Historical Society

The Eastham Historical Society is home to two historical venues, which host a number of activities and events for the summer season. Built in 1741, the Swift-Daley House offers visitors a display of antiques from Colonial to Victorian times. Built in 1869, the Schoolhouse Museum is a historic, one-room schoolhouse set in its original glory for kids to come and “play school.” The Schoolhouse will host lectures by Jake Klim, author of “Attack on Orleans,” on July 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Bill Flynn, the author of “A Drumbeat Too Near,” on July 30, at 7 p.m. In addition, join the Historical Society on Saturday, August 8 at its 38th annual Outdoor Antiques Market at 9 a.m. For more information, visit

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

The JFK Hyannis Museum serves as a center for fascinating JFK memorabilia  as well as hosting lectures and educating people about Cape Cod’s famous Kennedy family. The museum is in the process of a major remodeling and renovation project. Opening June 3, the exhibit “Jack and Bobby Kennedy: Brothers First,” depicts the dynamics between the brothers from their youth, to their time at the White House. In addition, the museum has expanded its Speaker Series to nine lectures. Sergei Khruschev, son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev, and Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy, are some of the notable speakers this year. For more information on the museum and its offerings, visit

The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth

Founded in 1953, the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth offers visitors a chance to be immersed in Yarmouth’s past in multiple buildings, including the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum and the Winslow Crocker House. On Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m. join the historical society in “Down Street Walk and Talk,” a guided costume tour of historic places, events, and facts, going from the Yarmouth Fire House down Route 6A to the Thacher Playground. On Friday, August 7, the exhibit “Two Thousand Years of Yarmouth History,” will display historic artifacts recently found in a Yarmouth resident’s backyard. The summer season will close August 9 with the Summer Music Gala featuring the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet with Bart Weisman and a silent auction and wine reception. For more information, visit

Atwood House & Chatham Historical Society


Operating since 1923, the Atwood House and the Chatham Historical Society date back to 1752 and the house has remained unchanged since its original construction. Beautiful artwork, tools, and treasures from Victorian and Colonial times adorn the museum. On June 21 at 2 p.m., Jan Nickerson and Don St. Pierre will speak about the camps on North Beach off the coast of Chatham, in their lecture titled “A Special Time: Life at the North Beach Camps,” On July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m., join the society for their annual summer celebration, “An Evening to Remember,” a night of cocktails, hors d’oeurves, and a silent auction, which helps fund the Atwood House. For more information, visit

Osterville Historical Museum

The Osterville Historical Museum, home to the Captain Parker House and the Herbert F. Crosby Boat Shop, kicks off the summer season on June 11, which will also be the reopening of the Van Winkle Boat Shop housing the latest additions to the society’s wooden boat collection. Visitors can also tour a newly redesigned exhibit, “Sail Into History,” which details the process of constructing  Cape Cod’s iconic Crosby boats. “Pigs & Pearls,” an annual festivity, takes place on July 12 from 5 to 7 p.m., and includes an evening of fresh, local food supplied by the society’s Farmer’s Market vendors. The following week, enjoy the Village Day Antique Car Parade on July 18, which features over 70 cars on the grounds. On August 13 the museum hosts the 24th Annual Antiques Show, which has over 30 antique dealers from across New England. For information, visit

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