Pete Choate, Executive Director of HPHA, has been selected by the Montgomery County Youth Aid Panel members and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office to receive recognition for outstanding service to the Montgomery County Youth Aid Panel program in February, 2015
Pete runs our volunteer and community service programs including our participation in the ARD and Youth Panel programs
We are the grateful beneficiaries of around 3,800 volunteer hours each year.
To all those who have helped - Thank You. To all those who may be interested, please keep reading and contact us if you'd like to participate. Your time can count for Scouting, School or Work community service requirements, or to meet your obligations with JAD or AARD programs.
HPHA is looking for some folks who would like to get involved with the organization. Here are 3 areas where we would like to see some new faces:
Membership committee. This would involve keeping track of members and making sure that dues are paid.
Volunteers are always needed at HPHA and your service will not only help us preserve local history but may also count in other ways.
This type of service may meet the community service requirements for:
Our main project at HPHA has been the restoration of the Penrose Strawbridge House. Parts of this house date back to 1721 and may pre-date the Keith House right next door. HPHA is working to not only restore this property but to learn as much as we can about the property and its role in colonial life. Plus, we need to maintain a 10 acre estate. So there's lots to do.
Where can you help?
Landscaping and Lawn Care - we've got 4 acres of grass to mow every week and lots of leaves to rake in the fall. We can always use some help. Equipment is also needed - if you have a tractor or riding or a push mower that you'd like to donate (we'll document it as a charitable contribution), please
Small Engine Mechanic - we have over 12 pieces of gasoline powered lawn equipment that are in frequent use plus 2 farm tractors:
Gardening - we have a small organic community garden on the property than we cultivate from the spring into the fall and gardeners/farmers (you must be a member) are always welcome. You can help with the main garden - or if you'd like your own little farm - we can probably set you up. We also have concord grape vines and various fruit trees that need to be cared for, and with fruit to be harvested in the fall.
Restoration - the Pennrose Strawbridge House is a major restoration project and we can always use people with an interest and talent in restoration work. We could especially use a Timber Framing Carpenter for the roof of the Carriage Shed, a Mason for pointing and restoration of the walls around the property, and we always have painting and painting prep work to do.
Archeology - people have been living and working at the Pennrose Strawbridge property for almost 300 years so there is a rich history buried around this property dating back to early colonial times. We have had an active dig site which unearthed many interesting artifacts but are in need of a qualified and experienced person to lead this effort.
Events - HPHA hosts a number of social and fundraising events throughout the year: at the Pennrose Strawbridge House, at other local locations, and frequently in partnership with the
Beekeeping - we have a number of active honeybee hives on the property and harvest honey from the bees several times a year. The hives are managed by a professional bee-keeper but if you're interested in learning about bees or helping out, let us know.