The Society's mission is to preserve and interpret the history of the Chadds Ford area, provide quality education, and serve our community. Help us meet those needs while volunteering with us!

The Chadds Ford Historical Society was founded in 1968 by a group of concerned neighbors who banded together to save the crumbling c. 1725 John Chads House, which was at risk of being torn down. These volunteers coordinated many social gatherings to raise funds, and in the process, they got to know one another better while sharing their interests in preserving the beauty and history of our Chadds Ford Village. Pete Morgan, one of our founding members, described one of these gatherings this way: "the neighbors arrived dressed in period clothing while the Town Crier, Chris Sanderson, led them in a parade. They ate and danced to colonial music, and enjoyed local fine art that was exhibited by Howard Pyle and members of the Wyeth family."

 

Today volunteers continue to be the backbone of the Society. We depend on volunteers to help with projects of all shapes and sizes, from our popular Chadds Ford Days to gardening our historic garden to guiding visitors around our historic properties.

How Can I Help?

A variety of opportunities exist at the Society and no specific skills are required to be a volunteer. We provide on-the-job training as needed and always strive to match individual skills and interests that are right for the volunteer.

 

Here are our areas of greatest need:

Collections and Library
      - Assistance with collections management
      - Organizing and labeling new books
      - Invetorying
      - Oral history project

Gardening and Grounds
      - Grounds clean-up
      - Tending to our historic gardens
      - Event set-up and take down

Guides and Greeters
     - Visitor center greeter
     - Historic houses tour guides
     - Junior guides

Education
     - School groups and programs
     - Research
     - Assistance with hearth cooking and historic demonstrations
     - Exhibition development and design
     - Presenter
    
Events
     - Chadds Ford Days
     - Candlelight Christmas
     - Pumpkin Carve
     - Lecture and programs
     - Summer camps

Office Help
     - Mailings
     - Organizing and filing
     - Data entry
     - Additional office tasks

Public Relations and Marketing
     - Social media
     - Blogging
     - Graphic design

     - Photography/video

Sign up here!

Volunteer and Intern Application
Click to download. Form can be emailed, mailed or dropped off at the Society,
volunteer application_2015.pdf
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