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Join us at our next Volunteer Orientation, at the Percy Grainger Home and Studio,

on Sunday January 21, 2023 @ 1–2 pm

(Can't make this meeting? Email us to see how you can join in at the next step!)

Volunteers are essential to our mission, contributing many hours of service annually at the Percy Grainger Home & Studio.  Each year our volunteers donate their time to help greet the public, conduct tours, and care for our gardens, each enhancing the visitor experience. Volunteering gives you hands-on experience in a local historic house—a chance to work with board, staff and other volunteers and to interact with the public and our visitors.

Volunteering at the Grainger House gives me a chance to serve the local communityI love this house and its historic mission!' Suzanne Hoch, Collections Volunteer

The Percy Grainger House is essentially a time capsule, a snapshot of life as lived in the early twentieth century. Percy Grainger, and his mother, Rose Grainger, moved in during May, 1921. It became home base for the Grainger family (Percy married Ella in 1928) for the next fifty-eight years. Many of the rooms are unchanged and reflect the taste, customs, and interests of this eclectic (some might say eccentric) family.

As the Graingers settled in through the decades, they gathered day-to-day items (sewing baskets and shoe polish kits) while collecting souvenirs during their travels (Chinese hanging bells and native American woven baskets). Each family member added dozens of self-created works-of-arts and quirky inventions (Ella’s ceramic tiles, Percy’s designs for sheet music covers), storing items in fire-proof basement vaults or attic boxes. Many treasures remain where the Graingers placed them.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1890’s house has served many purposes over the years for the Graingers, as well as their guests. Today, volunteers are organizing, interpreting and re-creating the Grainger story as it unfolds discovery-by-discovery. Each object and each room tells its own story and offers its own insights into this fascinating family.


Our volunteers help in many ways, from projects in the house to promoting Grainger's music and legacy. Some volunteers take on very specific jobs that meet their individual interests and expertise, but most volunteers are engaged in one of these areas:

Here, a docent explains how the Graingers lived and worked at 7 Cromwell Place. This photo captures a visiting school band, but most tours are much smaller, giving docents a chance to get to know and talk with visitors individually

  • Tour Guides. If you live in the White Plains area, one of the most exciting volunteer opportunities is to share the Grainger House and legacy. We have a steady stream of visitors, especially during the summer (tours are usually arranged on Wednesdays or Sunday afternoons). You’ll meet history enthusiasts as well as Grainger fans from far and near, some of whom are making a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to see how the maestro lived and worked.
  • Events. Help us with our local events and programs! Past examples include recitals at the house, gardening projects and lectures at both 7 Cromwell and the White Plains Library.

  • Collection Explorer. We often find an item and say: What is this? Where did it come from? Why was Percy Grainger (or Rose or Ella) interested in this item? You can research items, their use, history, or source. We would welcome a blog post, email, or explanation of what you have found. So would our visitors.
  • Collection Recorder. Have a special interest in learning more about the collection? Let us know your interests and experience.

You can become a valuable part of our team—even from afar! No prior volunteer experience is necessary—just enthusiasm, dedication, and an avid interest in our activities and programs. 

Please email us if your are interested in becoming a volunteer:  info@percygrainger.org


7 Cromwell Place, White Plains, NY 10601

info@percygrainger.org

Tel: (914) 281-1610

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