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Schropp Dry Goods Shoppe Hours

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

All Site Hours

Help us to bring history to life!

Give back to your community and become a volunteer at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

We offer a variety of short and long-term volunteer opportunities that will allow you to share your talents and join a vibrant community of like-minded people. See the opportunities below or contact us with your own volunteer project idea. Hours are flexible. 

I have been a volunteer with Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites since December, 2014 after reading an article about their needing help with the Festival of Trees exhibit. Since then I have been a greeter and gallery watcher at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts for the special exhibitions as well as the yearly Festival of Trees. My most enjoyable experience is guiding visitors through the museum to see the beautiful Christmas decorations and trees which have a different theme each year. A side benefit for me is to spend time in a Victorian setting among beautiful artifacts and the company of other volunteers and staff.

For me, volunteering my time and talents is very rewarding. I get to meet new people and enjoy the festivals—all while helping HBMS preserve Bethlehem’s Moravian History.

Georgia T.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Free museum admission for you and a friend
  • 10% off Museum Store purchases
  • Discounted Walking Tour tickets
  • Invitation to Exhibition openings and other social events

Volunteer Spotlight

Anne S.

Anne Supsic Volunteer

Volunteer since 2010

Anne first visited the Moravian Museum fourteen years ago and was so taken with the place and the history that she immediately asked to become a guide herself. During Anne’s time at Historic Bethlehem she also achieved her lifelong goal of writing a historical novel. The Bookmark is very much indebted to the museum and everything she has learned there.

“I am constantly reminded that ours is a living history. And last, but certainly not least, I love our guests! I am convinced those who love history are the nicest people. Nothing pleases me more than sharing a laugh or seeing the look of amazement on a visitor’s face.”

Karen H.

Volunteer Karen H in the Kemerer Museum

Volunteer since 2014

Karen has volunteered in numerous areas of the organization during her time at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, but particularly enjoys assisting with museum projects. These projects range from cleaning and organizing museum objects in the Single Sisters’ House, to preparing exhibition labels and assisting with a site-wide inventory at the Moravian Museum. Karen’s cheerful, can-do attitude is a wonderful asset that truly shines at HBMS.

“I love that every day is different. I never know what to expect and that keeps things exciting.”

Georgia T.

Volunteer Georgia with Guests at Blueberry Festival

Volunteer since 2014

Georgia became a volunteer in December of 2014 after reading an article about HBMS needing help with the Trees of Historic Bethlehem display. Since then, Georgia has been a greeter and gallery watcher at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts for special exhibits as well as the yearly Trees display. Her most enjoyable experience is guiding visitors through the museum to see the beautiful Christmas decorations and trees which have a different theme each year.

Georgia also enjoys the numerous and varied volunteer opportunities during Blueberry Fest and Apple Days – from serving pie, assisting kids with craft projects to greeting visitors at the admission tent.

“For me volunteering my time and talents is very rewarding. I get to meet new people and enjoy the festivals – all while helping Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites preserve Bethlehem’s Moravian History.”

Earl P.

Volunteer Earl making paper stars

Volunteer since 2018

Earl began volunteering at HBMS in 2018. A weekly Schropp Dry Goods Shoppe volunteer, Earl devotes his time and talents behind the scenes making hand-folded Moravian stars. The star is both an iconic symbol of Moravian culture and a visitor favorite!

Earl is also a regular Blueberry Fest and Apple Days volunteer and assists in both the Brewery Tent and with festival takedown. Long after the last festivalgoer’s departure, Earl can be found hard at work with staff taking down tents and moving tables to ensure that Burnside Plantation is once again ready to welcome visitors.

Sue A.

Sue Volunteering at a fair

Volunteer since 2020

Sue is a person of many talents – leaving her mark on numerous areas of our organization: family programming, volunteering as a docent and at festivals. Her kind and friendly nature help to make visitors feel welcome and ensure that they have a positive experience.

“I love that, in a small way, I am learning, sharing, and assisting in preserving Bethlehem’s history. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting and working with a group of wonderful and devoted people.”

Lynn M.

Volunteer Lynn in the Goundie House

Volunteer since 2022

Despite having a full-time job as a speech therapist, Lynn is drawn to share her time with us by her love of history and of the people who work to keep it alive and preserved. On any given volunteer day, you might find Lynn folding Moravian stars, helping at the Schropp Dry Goods Shoppe register or phones, affixing prices to merchandise, or helping with large or small events.

“I am proud to be a small part of this important organization and look forward to learning new things while having fun doing it.”

Karen A.

Karen Adams Burnside Gardener Volunteer

Volunteer since 2023

Karen recently joined Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites as the Lead Gardener at Burnside Plantation. She chose to pursue a passion for agriculture two years ago, having volunteered on a family-owned, organic farm in Nevada City, CA while still working full-time.

During the past two summers she volunteered on the St. Luke’s Health System Rodale Institute’s 14-acre organic farm in Bethlehem Township and the Easton Urban Farm’s .66-acre organic farm in the south side of Bethlehem where she seeded trays, transplanted, cultivated and harvested produce. Virtually all of the Easton Urban Farm’s 12,000-pound yield was distributed in local food pantries.

Karen brings her organizational talents and passion for innovation to Burnside, where she is leading an effort to more efficiently document volunteer hours and is debuting a modified crop rotation plan in the garden.

Lia & Matthew K.

Lia & Matthew K Volunteers

Volunteers since 2023

Lia and Matthew began volunteering at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts in the fall of 2023 and regularly assist during our monthly Free Sundays program. Both have a passion for art and have lent their talents to a wide range of crafts-from making felt moths to sari paper dolls! Lia and Matthew also bring a talent for working with younger visitors; their kindness and patience help all to feel welcome.

2023 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

HBMS was honored to host over 70 volunteers for the 2023 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Luckenbach Mill on October 19th. Below are some photos from the event and a slideshow showing the dedication and hard work of all of our volunteers!

2023 Volunteer Honorees

During the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, the following 7 volunteers were recognized for their outstanding commitment to preservation and public engagement.

  • Pat Corpora
  • Sue Ardron
  • Marjorie Babaz
  • Jim Whildin
  • Joanne McCarthy
  • Sonja Walker
  • Barbara Schulman

Become a volunteer today!

Complete the form below and a staff member will contact you. Under the age of 18? Complete the form, have it signed by a parent or guardian, and bring it with you to your first shift. Underage volunteers MUST have a complete form to volunteer. 

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Longer-term volunteering opportunities 

Museum Shop Volunteer

Volunteers provide a warm and welcoming environment for visitors and share information about tours, programs, exhibitions, and events held at our museums and sites. Volunteers process transactions and support the mission of HBMS through the promotion and sale of memberships.

Museum Teachers

Museum Teachers provide a positive learning experience for school groups by delivering high-quality education programs at our museums and historic sites. Museum Teachers are responsible for learning and presenting program information in a way that makes it easy for students to understand and enjoy their visit and are responsible for facilitating hands-on learning activities to ensure that programs match curriculum expectations.

Museum Host

Donate your time to become a museum host. Engage museum guests while ensuring that the buildings, artifacts, and grounds are treated with care. 

Docent/Tour Guides

Are you a museum enthusiast? Are you eager to learn and share more about Bethlehem’s culture and history? If so, this is the perfect fit for you! Volunteers interested in being trained as docents will undergo site-specific training to provide guests with engaging tours of the permanent and changing exhibits.  

Kids’ Craft Volunteer

Do you enjoy expressing your creativity and working with our younger visitors? If so, this is the perfect fit for you! Volunteers assist with kids’ crafts and activities during Free Sundays at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts and Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, held the first Sunday of most months. 

Saturdays at Burnside

Want to spend more time in the great outdoors? Join us for our monthly program at Burnside, our very own Farm in the City during Saturdays at Burnside. Volunteers are needed the first Saturday of each month, May through October. Positions include docent, greeter, Summer Kitchen demonstrator, and kids’ activity volunteer. 

Burnside Colonial Gardener

Volunteers at the Burnside Garden

Do you have a green thumb? Join the Colonial Gardeners at Burnside, and help with planting and tending this wonderful historical colonial garden. The garden is planted with heirloom seeds and plants and everything is grown organically, as would have been done in the colonial period. Plants, seeds, and compost are provided at no cost and gardeners share fresh produce from the garden. 

Signature Event Volunteer Opportunities

Rooms to View House and Garden Tour

2023 Rooms to View Preview Night

Are you interested in the decorative arts? Do you enjoy house and garden tours? We’re looking for volunteers to set up and help the day go smoothly.

Blueberry Festival

Volunteer

Do you like food, fun, and festivities? Join us for the sweetest festival of the Summer! We’re looking for volunteers to set up and help in many capacities throughout the weekend, including assisting with children’s activities, serving pie, helping with blueberry contests, and assisting in the tasting tent. 

Volunteers receive a Blueberry Festival t-shirt and dessert coupon.

Apple Days

Apple Days Volunteers

Is fall your favorite time of year? Do you love the smell of freshly baked apple pie and cinnamon? Join us for Apple Days! We’re looking for volunteers to help set up and assist throughout the weekend, including in the hay bale maze, making scarecrows, serving sweet fall treats, and helping out in the apple brewery!

Volunteers receive an Apple Days t-shirt and dessert coupon.

Turkey Trot

Join us the day after Thanksgiving for the Historic Turkey Trot 5K & Fun Walk. We’re looking for volunteers to help with set up, bib pick-up, refreshments, race marking, and more throughout the race day.

Interested in joining an HBMS committee? 

Volunteers who are interested in event planning and administration can become special committee liaisons. 

Committee Members attend meetings and assist with the planning and implementation of Historic Bethlehem’s special events. 

The following committees are currently seeking new members: 

  • Collections & Programming  
  • Marketing 
  • Festival (Blueberry Festival & Apple Days) 

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