Volunteer with the Historians

Adults and Children


Hundreds of volunteers contribute thousands of hours,

not just at Festival, but throughout the year.


"Many Hands Make Light Work"

Words you will heartily agree with when you volunteer with the Historians.



Student Apprentices at the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival

The Folk Festival Apprentice Program is open to students in grades 6-12 (must be going to grade 6 in September).  We are looking for interested and motivated students who are eager to learn about a skill or craft from colonial Goschenhoppen or who would like to help out in other ways at the Folk Festival.

There are many activities to be involved in.  Students may participate one or both days.  The signup form needs to be submitted no later than June 30th.   Students must be in costume, most of which are provided by the Historians.  Individual follow-up will occur after the signup form has been reviewed.  For more information or to answer your concerns, please contact us at goschenhoppenapprentice@gmail.com.

All children meeting the following apprentice program criteria must be registered through the Goschenhoppen Apprentice Program, including children of adult volunteers and/or who have participated in prior years:

Children entering 6th (or higher) grade AND 11 years old or older.

Children entering 12th (or lower) grade AND 18 years old or younger (note: students 19 years old and up should enter thru the adult volunteer program.)

This helps us to manage demonstration sizes and ensure apprentices are placed where needed. Children of festival volunteers will get preference to work at their parent’s demonstration if desired and gender appropriate, i.e. boys of apprentice age cannot be in home skills. If you have questions about the program, email goschenhoppenapprentice@gmail.com.

Student Apprentice Application


The Goschenhoppen Folk Festival relies on its volunteer craftsmen and craftswomen to pass on their knowledge.  We are deeply appreciative of all the countless volunteers who, over the years, have tirelessly taught novices the step by step processes of their craft.

We are looking for new volunteers who are willing to learn and spend the needed time to hone the skills necessary to become a master craftsperson.  Specific requirements may be essential to participate in a particular craft or activity at the Folk Festival.  For example, some crafts may require supplying your own tools and equipment, while others may have all the equipment provided to you.  The Folk Festival seeks to portray, as accurately as possible, the traditional ways of life in Goschenhoppen.  This also refers to gender roles in this community.

Authentic reproduction clothing will be provided to all new volunteers as needed.  All volunteers are expected to return all borrowed pieces of clothing in good condition or a replacement fee will be charged.

Besides demonstrating a trade or home skill, other volunteers are needed at the Folk Festival for which dressing in costume is not required.  Positions need to be filled in the concessions and food stands, admission gates, set-up crews, etc.  We appreciate all those who offer to help us with all of the tasks that need to be done.

We encourage you to bring your own children with the understanding that all children meeting apprentice program criteria will be registered with the Goschenhoppen Apprentice Program and those who are not will be under your direct supervision.

All volunteers at the Folk Festival are admitted by invitation only.  The Goschenhoppen Historians reserve the right to screen all volunteers and reserve the right to withdraw an invitation to participate in the Folk Festival.


To find out how you can help, or for more information, please contact us,

attention “New GHFF Volunteer, Attention Jenny Shearer / Al Gouldey"  using this email address.






Volunteer Opportunities Throughout the Year

There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Goschenhoppen is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization.


Festival prep is a year-round activity.  Tuesday evenings are "Work Nights" to maintain the Antes Plantation and garden.

In the museums, volunteers catalog photos, documents, and textiles and serve as docents.

Volunteers are always appreciated for their help making our events (the symposium, monthly meetings, Spook Night, and Christmas Market) a success.

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering in our museums or at our events.  redmens_hall@goschenhoppen.org