CHF is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us preserve the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences and technologies.

Opportunities are primarily available during regular business hours (Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.). Volunteers may assist with the museum, library, collections, events, and publications.  

CHF currently seeks volunteer museum docents to assist with tours and museum special events.

How to Apply

To volunteer at CHF, please e-mail volunteer@chemheritage.org and include a description of how you are interested in spending your volunteer time.

Volunteering in the Center for Contemporary History and Policy

The Center for Contemporary History and Policy welcomes retired or otherwise experienced scientists and social scientists to work on projects at the interface of science-based industry, risk, and policy. To learn more, please contact Jody Roberts at cchp@chemheritage.org.


The Chemical Heritage Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible. The official registration and financial information of CHF may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 800.732.0999. Outside Pennsylvania, please call 717.783.1720. Registration does not imply endorsement.



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CHF’s Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields. Many of the oral histories in the collection belong to winners of CHF’s awards, including

  • Arnold Beckman, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000)
  • Robert Allington, winner of the Pittcon Heritage Award (2005)
  • Carl Djerassi, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000), the AIC Gold Medal (2004), and the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecturer (1995)
  • Gordon Cain, winner of the Petrochemical Heritage Award (1997)

Listen to their extraordinary stories today!