The Wyck Association is seeking volunteer guides to offer tours of our historic property at least once a week on Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays from 12:00pm-4:00pm during our open season (April-November).
History: Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm is one of the oldest homes and gardens in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, dating back to 1690. Wyck was home to nine generations of the same Quaker family, the Wistars and the Haines, who owned and lived on this "farm" in Germantown. Today the wonderful colonial house with its noteworthy 1824 alterations by the architect William Strickland, and historic gardens, invite visitors to view not only remarkable collections, but to experience through the lives of its owners the changing character of Philadelphia. The Wistars and Hainses represent the city's leadership in business, natural history and science, education and social responsibility. Wyck’s collection, accumulated over 300 years, includes the house, an old rose garden, a production farm, numerous outbuildings, 100,000 personal papers, and 10,000 objects.
Duties: Tours give guests an overview of the house/property and their historical context and show the first floor of the house consisting of a front parlor, vestibule, conservatory, library, dining room, and pantry and their associated collection items. Tours will highlight certain of our most prominent pieces (such as our famous Strickland folding doors, Ben Franklin Chair, and portrait of Reuben Haines III by Rembrandt Peale), but are flexible in that each volunteer can speak on what they find most interesting about the house/family/collections. Tour guides will speak about the Wyck Rose Garden and our farm, but are, generally, not required to walk the grounds. Most guests explore the grounds in a self-guided aspect. Guides will also be responsible for filling out a simple guest log for each group that comes to the house during open hours. This log is used for Wyck to track visitation and not used to evaluate the guide. In the summer months, guides should dress comfortably and be prepared for the heat associated with an historic home.
Scheduling: Guides are asked to commit to staffing at least one weekly shift of four hours during our open hours on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Flexibility and multiple and/or varied days are an option. Being a guide at Wyck is a chance to become part of the vibrant Historic Germantown community, and tell some unique stories. Our volunteer guides may also be involved in developing new tours of Wyck based on interpretive themes and/or interesting items in our collections.
To learn more: about Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm, visit: http://wyck.org/
To Apply: If interested, send resume and/or letter of interest describing related experience or why Wyck appeals to you to Wyck’s Development and Programs Manager, Mariel Rosati, email@example.com, 215-848-1690.
- People Skills
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- 4 to 12 hrs/wk based on availability & preference