Leave a Legacy

  • Contribute to the endowment to ensure the continuation and proper care of our collection.
  • Bestow securities or property that have appreciated in value and may provide attractive tax savings.
  • Give through a will, trusts, or other long-range financial instruments.
  • Donate personal collections related to the Mount Gretna Area.

Please speak with your financial advisor or attorney about a bequest or contact us at mtgretnahistory@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

We need you! The following categories will give you an idea of specific volunteer opportunities that are available. Send an email to mtgretnahistory@gmail.com to discuss where you might best fit in.

  • Archives – We need many hands on this committee. There is much to be done to make our collection organized, preserved and accessible. Our archivist will train you for any or all of the following tasks:
    • On-site docents during regular summer hours
    • Data entry
    • Artifact handling (Artifact organization, Artifact storage, Artifact inventory)
    • Scanning photographs and newspaper clippings
    • Photographing of artifacts in display cases
    • Matching tags to artifacts in cases
  • Building & Grounds – This committee takes care of both the inside and outside of our building. Tasks include: Landscaping, Painting, Mulching, General repair, Cleaning.
  • Oral History – Are you a good listener? Do you enjoy sitting with someone and hearing their stories and asking questions to learn more about the “olden days”? This committee has an immediate and ongoing need for you! We have a growing list of over fifty people who need to be interviewed. We will provide you with questions and a recorder. You supply the time and the interest.
  • Development – This committee is charged with seeking new sources for funding of projects of the Society. Grants, sponsorships, Legacy Giving and fundraising events are included in these sources. Funds raised could be used for purposes to include: capital improvements, educational programs, archiving, collection development and special projects such as journals, books or film.
  • Membership – Keeping in contact with our supportive members is an important job.
    • Plan member events in coordination with the Events committee
    • Maintain an accurate, up-to-date membership list
    • Send out the annual renewal letters
    • Send out membership cards to those who request them
    • Refer members who indicate an interest in volunteering to our Volunteer Coordinator
    • Think of new ways to grow our membership base
  • Programs & Events – We usually offer five educational programs between March and September. This committee helps to organize the programs and events. Jobs include: Set up and clean up, Greeter, Registration, Refreshments, Product sales table, Audiovisual support. Some of our events include: Antiques Appraisal, Porch Party, Docent Appreciation, Summer programs (June-September), Winter programs (March/April)
  • Marketing & Communications – This committee is responsible for promoting and creating the broadest possible public awareness of the Mount Gretna Area Historical Society, its mission, its programs, events and projects and the Historical Society’s Museum.
    • Research and plan for the twice per year hard-copy MGAHS newsletter and the periodic one-page e-newsletter. Jobs include content planning/creation, layout and design, proofreading, printing and sending.
    • Write news releases promoting Historical Society programs, events and initiatives
    • Design and lay out program and event flyers
    • Take photographs at programs and events
    • Greet attendees and promote the Historical Society at various events in the Mt. Gretna area in which the Society is represented, such as the annual Art Show and First Fridays.
    • Work with the Historical Society’s webmaster to ensure complete and updated information on our website and social media.
  • Researchers and Writers – We are always looking for people who are good at writing and researching. Do you have a topic about which you have conducted research? Would you like to share your findings? The Mt. Gretna Review is a peer reviewed journal which welcomes submissions of poems, short stories, historical narratives, book reviews, black and white drawings and photographs about Mt. Gretna and the surrounding region.