Volunteer 2019-10-29T14:28:33-05:00

The Friends of Old Economy Village is a volunteer, non-profit organization. As such, we rely greatly on volunteers to survive and fulfill our mission. 

Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

School Tour Guides – Conduct school tours for children, grades preschool through college, from September through June

Historic Tour Guides – Lead groups through the 19th-century homes and businesses of the Harmonists and tell the story of the Harmony Society

Traditional Craftsperson – Interpret and demonstrate various 19th-century crafts and trades

Demonstrator – Interact with guests and demonstrate hands-on activities for children and adults

Special Events Assistant – Assist with exhibition openings, special education programs, workshops, festivals, and fundraisers.  You could be helping with family-orientated activities, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, and setup and take down.

Front Desk – Greet museum guests, answer questions and phone calls and transfer calls from the phone

Maintenance – Assist our maintenance staff in repairing buildings, snow shoveling, and painting among other things

Gardening – Plant, weed, water, and maintain our historic gardens

Data Entry – Work with our curator to input information in the computer

Researcher – Work with our curator in the archives and assist in her research

German Translator – Help to translate the records of the Harmonists from the 19th century German to modern German then to English

Why Volunteer? 

  • Receive free admission to museum exhibits, the historic site, parking
  • Attend the Volunteer Recognition Dinner
  • Invitations to special events
  • With 100 hours of service receive a free membership and 10% discount at the Museum Store

If interested please fill out and email/mail a Volunteer Application form and Jason will be in contact with you.

If you have any questions please feel free to call Chloe Thomas at (724) 266-4500 x 104 or

e-mail c-chlthoma@pa.gov