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a blacksmith demonstrating for visitors


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

visitors and a demonstrator making rope
a guide showing children the Natural History museum
the printer in the print shop
a blacksmith helping a child at the anvil

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

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

Must be able to pass criminal background check and have child abuse clearances to volunteer. 

Click here for printable Volunteer Application

historic black and white photo of workers in the Economy orchard

Volunteering at Old Economy Village is one of the best ways to support our programs throughout the year.

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