We’re looking for a few great volunteers!
Volunteers are the heart of the Kentucky Historical Society. Our volunteers provide connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. They contribute their unique talents and skills, life experiences and knowledge of our community to provide personal attention to visitors, perform vital behind-the-scenes duties and educate the public about the commonwealth’s rich and diverse heritage. KHS is committed to encouraging the involvement of volunteers at all levels in the organization and within all appropriate programs and activities. Potential volunteers are invited to apply by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the volunteer office at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History at 100 W. Broadway in downtown Frankfort, Ky.
Some of our current needs include:
Active Learning Facilitators
- School groups
- Specially arranged groups
Volunteers must be friendly, outgoing and articulate. Volunteers should have the ability to communicate effectively with all age groups in active learning programs. Familiarity with Kentucky history is a plus. You will be trained in all aspects of the permanent exhibit.
Volunteers needed Wednesday, Thursday or Friday during school hours.
Civil War Governors of Kentucky Volunteer Project Assistant
Do you have an interest in Civil War-era Kentucky? Do you want to learn more about Kentucky’s five Civil War governors? This project seeks detail-oriented individuals with an interest in 19th century American history and a moderate level of experience with databases to work closely with staff to transcribe a variety of 19th century documents. CWG-K staff will provide training in general digital documentary editing practice, basic Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) practice and use of project databases. A minimum commitment of four hours per week—from Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.—is required.
Kentucky Military History Museum Activities
Volunteers are needed to help engage the public in the diverse and fascinating history of the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. Volunteers will share the history and architecture of the arsenal and, as such, must be friendly, outgoing and articulate. KMHM volunteers must have the ability to communicate effectively with all age groups in an active learning environment. Training will be provided. Programming will be offered every Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Library and Special Collections
Volunteers will assist the library with collections processing. Attention to detail and accuracy is important. Basic computer word processing skills and data entry is desirable. Volunteers must commit to a regular schedule.
Museum Collections and Exhibitions Inventory Volunteer
Go behind the scenes of the museum and assist with a wall-to-wall inventory of the KHS museum collections. Attention to detail, experience with data entry and descriptive writing are skills helpful to this position. Training will be provided in object handling and condition reporting. Time commitment is a minimum of three hours per week, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Museum Collections and Exhibitions Records Assistant
Are you someone who likes to organize? The collections team is in need of assistance with a large records reorganization project. Duties will include filing, scanning and data entry. Training will be provided. Some light lifting and bending will be required. Attention to detail and some experience with computers are helpful in this position. Time commitment is two to three hours per week.
Special Events Assistant
Do you have limited time to volunteer but would like to get involved with the Kentucky Historical Society? Volunteers are needed during our special events with children’s and adult activities. Join the fun in welcoming the visitors, assisting with craft projects or serving refreshments. Help is also needed two to three times per year with mailings related to special events.
Do you enjoy people and understand the importance of great customer service? Volunteers are needed to greet and welcome guests to the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. You will direct visitors to areas of interest and provide general information regarding exhibitions and tours. The volunteer encourages guests to visit the other areas of the KHS History Campus beyond the Clark Center, including the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum. The volunteer also collects admission fees and maintains visitor data, along with answering the phone. Scheduling is on an as-needed basis.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Are you a teenager 14-18 years old looking for a fun and rewarding service project?
KHS is in need of classroom assistants for summer Camp ArtyFact. Camp ArtyFact participants (ages 5 to 13) explore the KHS history campus and collections and then create their own works of art. Volunteers will assist the instructors with preparation and clean up of materials, support and encourage activities of the camp participant, and assist the instructor in keeping the students focused on the task at hand.
If you’re interested in library collections and/or technology …
Special Collections and Library has a summer volunteer opportunity assisting on different types of digital projects in order to help KHS staff provide better access to collections. Are you a high school student interested in the use of technology in library and museum work? Do you know how to use a smartphone? Teen volunteers will scan photographs from historic collections, create descriptive information (metadata) to help researchers find these images, and put them on the web for easier public access.
Apply for any of these volunteer opportunities or learn more by contacting:
Phyllis Gilman at email@example.com
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