Volunteer 2022-04-11T10:26:05-04:00

The Friends of Old Economy Village is a volunteer, non-profit organization.

As such, we rely greatly on volunteers to thrive and continue the Harmonists’ ideals of community and friendship.  

Please check out the Volunteer Opportunities listed below. No previous experience is required – we offer Basic Training for all volunteers and will make sure you’re prepared!

Why Volunteer?

  • Receive free admission to museum exhibits and the historic site
  • Attend the Volunteer Recognition Dinner
  • Invitations to special events
  • With 25 hours of service receive a free membership and 10% discount at the Museum Store

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

Museum Store – Assist customers, operating cash register, aid in inventory and shipment receiving

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

Click here for printable Volunteer Application

If you have any questions please feel free to call David Miller at (724) 266-4500 x 110 or

e-mail davmiller@pa.gov