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Volunteer

We're Looking For Great Volunteers!

If you love Kentucky history, sharing your knowledge, working with amazing people, exploring and preserving stories of the past, or being involved in an organization that makes a difference, then KHS has a volunteer opportunity for you.

Our volunteer ambassadors:

  • Enhance the visitor experience at all KHS locations

  • Help curators and archivists catalog collections

  • Provide behind-the-scenes support

  • Welcome and guide our guests at special events

  • Assist with educational programming

  • Work with outreach programs to deliver access to KHS statewide. 

  • Judge National History Day in Kentucky

Apply below to volunteer at KHS. As part of the application process, we'll schedule an interview so we can get to know you! All volunteers must complete these steps, including a background and reference check. This process can take up to three weeks. 

Volunteer Sarah Watts

Volunteer of the Month

Sarah Watts

Sarah (Stormy to her friends) began volunteering with us in June of 2023 by transcribing collections. She has assisted the Oral History program by editing transcripts. A Richmond native, Sarah holds a B.A. in History and Theology and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in History at Eastern Kentucky University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching horror movies.

Thank you, Stormy!

Volunteers Build Our Community

At the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS), we work together as a community to accomplish our mission.

Volunteers work behind the scenes in the library, archives, and collections. They often scan, photograph, and catalog objects and archives to assist KHS staff in their work. Volunteers even work virtually to transcribe much-needed documents. In many ways, it’s thanks to these dedicated, meticulous souls that we can make these collections available to you.

Our volunteers on the front lines also interact with visitors and represent KHS to people worldwide. Knowledgeable volunteers make our visitors feel welcome and provide them with the information they need to have a pleasant visit to our campus. Museum ambassadors engage with school groups and encourage children to learn about Kentucky history. Our amazing VolunTeens help with various workshops, events, and camps while learning valuable life experiences.

It is with the help of our volunteers that we accomplish so much. Our volunteers lead the charge in engaging visitors across numerous platforms with Kentucky history. We are forever grateful for your dedicated service!

If you have questions about how you or your organization can volunteer for KHS, please contact Kristin Wheatley at KHSVolunteer@ky.gov