“I came here in fourth grade and we ate bread”
You might be surprised to know that line is what we hear most often here at Old Economy Village.
We hear that a lot because the first experience that many people have with us is as a child, be it on a school field trip or at one of our special events. At Erntedankfest this year one young girl was a dedicated butter churner. She toiled at the churn for over thirty minutes but never lost her determination and she did create butter! Not only did she make it, but she was also able to taste it. She was delighted and mostly seemed to appreciate that she made it with her own hands.
Stories like the one above are possible because of the support of community members like you.
Old Economy Village is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Friends of Old Economy Village, which is a non-profit, community-based organization. This partnership strives to preserve Old Economy Village and provide a wide variety of educational opportunities for everyone from local residents to international travelers.
What this means is that your dollars help provide the hands-on supplies that we use for our programs. You make it possible for people to experience bread baking, butter churning, rope making, and more. When you visit the blacksmiths, the weavers, spinners, and silk reelers, the printers and the wood workers you are seeing and experiencing your dollars at work. Because of you a new generation of children experience Old Economy for the first time and the older generations return to experience it again.
With you, we will preserve and present our history and grow forward into the future. Our dedication to preserving this special place, and our commitment to telling the story of the Harmonists and their role in the development of Western Pennsylvania remains unwavering, and for that we need your continued investment. Please help us continue to make history at Old Economy Village.
I hope you will join us TODAY in making donation!
The Friends’ budget relies on earned revenue, membership support, and donations to cover its annual investment in Old Economy Village. We ask that you consider making a gift to the Friends of Old Economy Village as you think about charitable giving. Your gift, along with the gifts of others, will allow us to continue the programs that you love and introduce new programing and guest experiences! Positive steps towards the inclusive and dynamic future of Old Economy Village can only be made through your generous gifts.
Without you, this would not be possible …
On behalf of the many visitors who benefit from your generosity,
THANK YOU in advance for your support.
Your support makes a difference in the lives of children of all ages.
The official registration and financial information of the Harmonie Associates, doing business as the Friends of Old Economy Village, may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
The Friends of Old Economy Village is registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations as Harmonie Associates, Inc.