Volunteer

Upcoming Volunteer Training Dates at the WHM

We invite all members of the community to give back by serving as a museum greeter so we may keep our doors open for visitors throughout the year.  Williamstown Historical Museum greeters are the key to the museum’s smooth functioning as a cultural anchor in the southern end of town, and our volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization.  As WHM greeters, our volunteers provide a friendly and welcoming environment for visitors and help us to keep our doors open to all for free.  No experience is necessary to serve as a greeter.  Training, support, and volunteer manuals are provided to all volunteer greeters.

Two volunteer training sessions are being held in May 2019.  In addition to the option of attending one of the two scheduled meetings, individual training appointments will be available for those who are unable to make either of the meetings listed below.
The meeting should last about one hour and, at this meeting, we will talk about your interests, scheduling for greeters, and other topics related to volunteering and the museum.  Volunteers will also receive training packets and manuals.
Upcoming WHM Volunteer Training Meeting Times:
Thursday, May 23, 1 p.m. at the WHM
Thursday, May 30, 11 a.m. at the WHM
Please contact the museum to attend either session.  If either of the proposed dates will not work for you, please contact the museum at [email protected] or at 413-458-2160 and we will schedule a time for you to visit and get acquainted with our procedures.

 

Those volunteers who are looking for a way to get even more involved are invited to assist with projects, help plan events, and carry out their own research while at the WHM.  If you are interested in history, would like to be part of a friendly small-town organization, and have been looking for a way to give back to the community, the WHM has a volunteer job for you!   At the museum we provide free access to excellent research resources, charming exhibits, and free public programs related to local history.  With your help as a volunteer you will contribute to this valuable town resource.

Executive Director, Sarah Currie, will provide training and support to all volunteers.  In addition to spending time greeting visitors to the museum, our greeters are invited to assist with projects, help plan events, and carry out their own research or personal projects while they are at the museum.  Our greeters will also receive the benefit of training on useful research resources like Ancestry.com, Newspaperarchive.com, Newspapers.com, and the WHM online catalog.

Most of our volunteer greeters work for two hour shifts and their visits to the WHM vary in frequency from once a month to weekly visits.  We are especially seeking volunteers during our busiest months running from May through August on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 2 and 2 – 4, though we are also open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, throughout the summer and fall, and would be happy to welcome you during those hours, if you prefer.  Might you be willing to consider deepening your connection with your community by serving as a Williamstown Historical Museum greeter?  We hope you will consider working once, twice, or more a month this spring and summer.

If you would like more information about volunteering please contact Sarah and we look forward to seeing this year!

 


Do you enjoy history?  Do you have a passion for, or an interest in genealogy?  The Williamstown Historical Museum counts on volunteers to keep our doors open to the public and help our community members connect to history!  We have jobs for all skill levels, interests and talents.  We invite you to volunteer your time to help our town’s history center!

For more information  contact us at 413.458.2160 or [email protected]


Adult Internship Opportunity:

If you love history and learning new things, and if you would like a closer connection with the Williamstown Historical Museum, we can make that possible.

We want INTERNS of all ages!

There are lots of opportunities for independent study, teamwork, contributions to ongoing research, assisting the Director with special projects, and simply learning how a small non-profit museum operates.  This unpaid internship is available to adults between ages 21 through retirement age.

Whether you are a recent grad or a life-long learner, we need your special talents and experience!

To request an interview:   Call Sarah at the WHM at  413.458.2160 or email [email protected]