Calendar of Events

Jul
25
Mon
2016
Summer Camp: Faces & Places of Old Economy Village @ Old Economy Village
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm

VisitChildren will explore some of the important people in the Harmony Society and see where they lived and worked. Activities and crafts will be based on the featured Harmonists and will include baking bread, making butter, stenciling, fashioning a clothespin doll, making a tin punch weather vane, creating marbleized paper, making a walking stick and activities in the Natural History Museum, to name a few of the fun things planned.

Dates:                    July 18 to 22 or July 25 to 29

Time:                     9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost:                      $40 for members and $35 for each additional child.

$50 for non-members and $45 for each additional child.

To register please contact David Miller at 724-266-4500 ext.110.

Download the Summer Camp brochure

Jul
30
Sat
2016
Spotlight on Natural History @ Old Economy Village
Jul 30 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September. Today’s topic is the natural history museum.  Under the direction of Dr. Johann Christoph Muller, the Harmony Society operated a public museum from the mid-1820s until it closed in 1850.  It was the first of its kind west of the Allegheny Mountains.

The interpreters will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To enter the Village, Visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to wander through the grounds they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

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Aug
1
Mon
2016
Art Camp
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm
Aug
5
Fri
2016
Descendants’ Days
Aug 5 – Aug 7 all-day
Harmony Society Family Reunion 2008

Harmony Society Family Reunion 2008

Descendants of the Harmony Society and its hired workers: registration is now open for Descendants’ Days.  Early bird deadline is June 30th.

Old Economy Village and Harmony Museum are hosting another reunion on August 5, 6 & 7, 2016.  Registration documents are below.

Tours, lectures, and a show-and-tell session are in store for descendants of the Harmony Society and its hired workers (and others interested).  We are planning a family tree and ancestor picture sharing session.  Bring a USB drive or CD of information and pictures to share with Old Economy Village or others so that we can have them available for future researchers.

We have reserved rooms at the Cobblestone Inn & Suites, the Heslet House Bed & Breakfast, and the Old Economy Inn Bed & Breakfast in Ambridge.  Just tell them that you are coming for Old Economy Village Descendants’ Days.  Or you can find other local places to stay.

Registration required

Descendants’ Days Cover Letter for Registration Packet

Agenda for August 5-7, 2016

Registration for Descendants’ Days

Directions to Old Economy Village & Historic Harmony

Pre-sale for the second edition of the “Demographic Directory of the Harmony Society” by Eileen Aiken English, available on Saturday, August 6th at Old Economy Village

 

 

Aug
6
Sat
2016
The Art of Blacksmithing @ Old Economy Village
Aug 6 all-day

Seth_Blacksmith_Old_Economy_VillageRandy_Blacksmithing_Old_Economy_VillageOld Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September.  Blacksmithing is the theme today.  Come see a volunteer blacksmith hammering away at his forge.  He may even be making the nails we sell in The Village Rose store.  The demonstrator will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To enter the Village, visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to wander through the grounds and focus solely on the blacksmithing they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

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Aug
13
Sat
2016
19th Century Food Ways: Bread Baking and Cooking @ Old Economy Village
Aug 13 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September.  Today’s theme is food.  Come see how the Harmonists prepared food in the Community Kitchen and the Bake Oven.  There may be home-made bread and butter to try.  The demonstrator will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To enter the Village, Visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to wander through the grounds and focus solely on the food ways they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

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Aug
20
Sat
2016
Niceties and Necessities: 19th Century Trades and Crafts @ Old Economy Village
Aug 20 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September.  The Harmony Society had cobblers, woodworkers, basket weavers, coopers, blacksmiths, and many others.  Today a trade such broom making, basket weaving, printing, or something else will be featured.  The demonstrators will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To enter the Village, Visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to wander through the grounds and focus solely on the trades and crafts they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

Click here for our Family Membership

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River City Brass Concert @ Old Economy Village Garden
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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After a one year hiatus, the big band sound will return to Old Economy’s garden.  River City Brass is scheduled for a concert on Saturday, August 20th, at 7:00 p.m.  Gates will open at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets for the concert are $15 per person and are available in advance at the Old Economy Village Visitor Center.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved into the Feast Hall so there will be a limited number of tickets available for the show.

This is a wonderful event that harkens back to the days when the Harmonists held concerts in the garden in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Bring along a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic basket, and your favorite beverage and enjoy a beautiful evening at Old Economy.

Remember that tickets are limited so get yours before they are sold out!

 

Aug
27
Sat
2016
Planes and Games: Woodworking and Children’s Games @ Old Economy Village
Aug 27 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September.  Today the original cabinet shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to demonstrate woodworking in the 19th century.  Children’s activities will also take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To enter the Village, Visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to wander through the grounds and focus solely on the woodworking or the children’s activities they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

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Sep
3
Sat
2016
Meet the Gardeners @ Old Economy Village
Sep 3 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September.  Today our volunteer gardeners are eager to show off the elegant 19th century gardens.  They will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..  These volunteers spend a rather large number of hours tending to the garden and will be available for questions and to give a brief tour of the garden.  To enter the Village, Visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to  wander through the grounds and focus solely on the gardening they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

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There is not just one garden at Old Economy Village but several.  The Beaver County Chapter of the Penn State Master Gardeners volunteers and maintains the 19th century Herb Garden.  They also maintain the Baker House garden.  Pat Leiphart and her husband Warren Kinneer are the main volunteers from this group.  Pat used to be an Old Economy Village employee and has maintained the Baker House garden since the 1980s.