Our History

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen (PGC) was founded in 1944. As can best be
determined, the journey began in February of that year when Burl N. Osburn from
Millersville State Teachers College (now University) composed a response letter to Mr. Roy Helton of the PA State Planning Board, Harrisburg. Mr. Helton had apparently requested that Burl read his proposal for a State Craft Guild and make any organizational suggestions.

That letter is, we believe, what finally launched a serious effort around forming the
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, resulting in the PGC’s recognition as an
organization on June 2, 1944. The PGC spent its “youth” roaming from Harrisburg to Bedford County. We settled for 27 years in Tyler State Park, Bucks County and ultimately moved to Lancaster in 2008, occupying a corner rental at 252 N. Prince Street. In 2012, the property at 335 N. Queen Street came onto the market and the PGC jumped at the opportunity to call Lancaster home, purchasing that building in May 2012.

The PGC has 1300 members in 30 states. We live out our mission by supporting our
individual members, hosting four fine craft fairs annually, and offering nearly 400
workshops annually where people of all demographics are able to say “I made this.”
Our building houses our Guild Store and gallery which afford our members an
opportunity to sell their craft to a community of appreciative collectors.


The PGC wishes to thank its 75th Anniversary Celebration Ruby Sponsor, JFS Wealth Advisors!

JFS Wealth Advisors – 1479 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, PA 16148


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