Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome volunteers. No experience is necessary. Training is provided.

Volunteer Form [PDF] – Fill out the form for volunteer opportunities.

HERITAGE PARK GARDENS. The gardens are designed to display plants and flowers that are historically native to this area. Gardeners are always needed throughout the growing season to assist our volunteers from the Master Gardeners and the Wolf River chapter of Wild Ones.

MUSEUM HOSTS. Docents are needed to host visitors in each museum for special events from May through September of each year, and for School Field Trips for area Fourth-Graders every year in May. Other volunteers coordinate and assist with activities and demonstrations for the students. We need costumed informative hosts in the Kast House, Log Cabin, Dairy Building, Limestone Building, Zachow Depot and Tabor Church. Museum ticket sellers operate the Gift Shop during museum hours.

BUILDING MAINTENANCE. We need a building trustee to monitor the condition of our museums and alert the Board of Directors to any needed major repairs. We always appreciate folks who can perform minor repairs in our buildings. Volunteers mow the lawn at the Archive and Reception Center and clean the building. Volunteers also clean the museums and ready them for opening in the spring, and prepare them for closing in the fall.

CARE AND CATALOGING OF COLLECTIONS. At the core of our mission is the maintenance of our collections for the enjoyment and education of all. Volunteers catalog museum items in accordance with our established procedures, tag and store items, arrange displays, inventory collections, and clean and store the museums and furnishings.

Archivists receive new collections of photographs and documents from the general public, copy and file documents in accordance with established procedures and assist researchers and visitors. Volunteers scan photographs and documents and file them electronically in order to make them available to the database and for reproduction as requested by members of the public, local business and organizations.

We are in the process of entering all collections into the PastPerfect Museum database program. We offer on-the-job training for the many hands that are needed to perform this task.

MARKETING. This is a crucial function for sustaining the Historical Society. Volunteers place press releases for newspaper coverage of society events, update brochures and other publications as needed. These volunteers also keep our Facebook page and website up to date. We create and produce posters and flyers as needed.

NEWSLETTER. We collect information, write, proofread and edit articles, produce the newsletter, maintain the mailing list and distribute the newsletter.

SPECIAL EVENTS. Volunteers set up and take down the display at the Shawano County Fair, sell our wares, monitor the library of photographs, answer questions and generally act as hosts for each shift at the 6-day annual event on Labor Day weekend. We also participate in the Red Barn Brat Stand and need cooks, cashiers, and counter help. Event coordinators are needed for each Summer Saturday held on the second Saturday of each month, May through September. We always need volunteers for special exhibits and musical events.

We welcome volunteers. No experience is necessary.