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Hands-On History Featuring Special Guest Jack Bogut THIS WEEKEND



Hands-On History is a new event that features hands-on activities for children and adults. Throughout the weekend, visitors will get a chance to operate bellows in the blacksmith shop; build a simple birdfeeder (additional cost); weave on a loom; work in the community kitchen; make rope (suggested donation); plant seeds; and learn about birds in Old Economy Village’s Natural History Museum. There will also be a phenakistoscope for visitors to learn about 19th century animation.

Saturday-only activities include: spinning wool; dipping candles; and reeling silk.

Also on Saturday at 2 p.m., legendary Pittsburgh radio personality Jack Bogut will be with us for an afternoon of storytelling. Jack has been named Pittsburgh’s outstanding Radio Personality four times by his peers in the American Federation of Television and Radio Announcers and you can currently hear him on KDKA radio.
Sunday-only activities include: quilting; Scherenschnitte (German paper-cutting art); bobbin-lace making; and thaumotrope making.

The event is on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 12 from Noon until 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults (aged 12-64); $9 for seniors (aged 65 and up); $6 for children (aged 3-11); and free for children under 3, active military, Ambridge Borough Resident passholders and Friends of Old Economy Village members.

Tickets to see Jack Bogut on Saturday are free with admission to the event however, seats are limited and an RSVP is required.

For more information and to RSVP for Jack Bogut, contact Pam Mallon at (724) 266-4500 ext. 113. Please RSVP to ensure a seat to see Jack Bogut by April 9, 2015.




Now is a great time to sign up to be a volunteer with Old Economy Village. We have several opportunities and we will be conducting volunteer training over the winter. The Volunteer page on our website has more information on volunteer positions and benefits. Please contact Sandy Carroll at (724) 266-4500, ext. 120 or via email at c-scarroll@pa.gov for more information.

We have some exciting things planned for the next several months – be sure to keep checking our website, Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for updates.

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Stop in to the Village Rose Museum Store!


The Village Rose Museum Store in the Visitor Center at Old Economy Village stocks unique finds from across Western Pennsylvania and beyond. From the ever-popular Wendell August Forge to American Redware Pottery to hand-woven baskets in the Harmonist style – there’s something for everyone at the Village Rose!




Old Economy Village was the home of the nineteenth century Christian communal group, the Harmony Society. Established in 1824, Economy was known worldwide for its piety and industrial prosperity.  Click Here to Learn More…

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