Get Involved with Harmony Museum
Historic Harmony welcomes new members to help preserve the communal Harmony Society’s heritage and first American home. Membership is open to the public at several levels ranging from student to senior citizen. Members receive free admission to Harmony Museum tours and free or discounted rates for special events, as well as 10 percent discount on purchases from the Museum Shop.
The Harmony Museum depends on the generosity of individuals and businesses to help support our day to day operations and to maintain our historic buildings. You can make a one-time donation, perhaps to honor someone, or in memory of a loved one. Or you can check the box on the donation form to make a monthly recurring contribution. Either way, know that your tax deductible contribution is going to help preserve and maintain 9 historic properties for future generations.
Do you enjoy delving into local history and meeting new people? Volunteers keep Historic Harmony humming year-round and we welcome helpers of all ages to: guide visitors through our early 19th century buildings in the national landmark district; tell the stories of German Harmony Society members who settled the town and Mennonites who followed; assist with German-style festivals and dinners, garden/herb fairs, music workshops; maintain gardens, cemeteries and buildings; demonstrate quilting and weaving; use computer skills to input data.
Stop by, call us (724-452-7341) or send us an email if you’re interested in learning more.
The volunteer quilters for the Harmony Museum meet on Tuesday mornings from 9 – 12 in the Wagner building. We hand quilt a raffle quilt for the museum each year as well as projects for others. We coordinate a quilting event in May which often features Pat Knoechel presenting new ideas and patterns of her sister, Eleanor Burns. We also demonstrate our craft at the Christmas market in November. Any hand quilter is welcome to join us.
Help maintain and clean displays, catalog artifacts, organize and label new items.
Docents guide tours for visitors through the museum or walking tours around the Historic District. Training is provided about the collections, the buildings and the history.
Events are Historic Harmony’s bread and butter and help is always needed. Plan, prepare and put into action the events that keep Historic Harmony running. Our events are varied and full of those things that make our history come alive: Christmas Market, Quilt-in-a-Day, Garden programs, Music events, Antique Gun Show, Silvester New Year’s Celebration. Volunteers make them all possible and fun too!
Internships are available through various colleges and universities and we are always looking for fresh ideas and talents. Data entry, website maintenance, work with the collections, docent training and more.
From serving bratwurst to helping with children’s crafts to operating miniature train displays, it is lending a hand wherever it is needed.