Carpenters' Hall

Volunteer Opportunity: Historic Carpenters’ Hall


Owned and operated by The Carpenters’ Company since it was built in 1774, Carpenters’ Hall hosted the First Continental Congress and was home to Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States. Carpenters' Hall is open to the public and welcomes over 150,000 visitors from locations all over the world to this wonderful historic Georgian style building each year.

The mission statement of The Carpenters’ Company is as follows:

To preserve and maintain historic Carpenters' Hall; to interpret for the public the significant events that took place in or around the Hall and the history of building construction; to preserve the history and traditions of the Company; to provide a forum of professional association and fellowship for builders, architects, and engineers; to provide encouragement, education, and support for men and women entering the construction industry; to develop and maintain professional relations with other organizations who have similar interests; to encourage support, research, and publication of history relating to the Company and its members and to the development of building construction and architecture.

The Carpenters’ Company seeks dependable individuals who are interested in interpreting the history of the Hall and the Company to visiting guests from all over the world. We are looking for someone with a positive demeanor who is versatile enough to speak comfortably in front of a large audience of school children as well as families and local patrons.


  • Previous volunteer or job experience interacting with people
  • Enthusiasm, maturity, common sense, dedication, initiative and reliability
  • Passion for history, specifically American History
  • Ability to make information accessible and interesting to others

If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please fill out the information below

About You
First Name
Last Name
Postal Address
(if different)
Daytime Phone
Evening Phone
Why do you want to participate in the Carpenters’ Hall Volunteer Program?

Do you have any previous work experience, volunteering, or classes relative to the Carpenters’ Hall Docent Position (experience in museums, tour guide, teacher, public speaking, or interest in American History)?

Do you speak any languages fluently other than English?

Start Date Available
When Available
(Docents are required to dedicate 4 hours of volunteering on the floor per week. If the docent requires a half hour break, this break will not be included in the 4 hour time frame). Check one or more choices.

Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun.

10am-2:30pm 11am-3:30pm 11:30am-4pm

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Carpenters' Hall, 320 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Open free to the public daily, except Mondays (and Tuesdays in Jan. and Feb.), from 10am-4pm

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