WHC Volunteer Program
- Learn history of the museum site
- Guide visitors (all ages) through museum exhibits
- 4 Hour Docent Training Course
- Study of Docent Handbook
- Shadow three docent led tours
- Practice Tour with museum staff
Lead students hour-long activity exploring through artifacts and hands-on activities in a classroom setting:
- Fiber to Fabric
- Finding Oregon
- Young Pioneers
- Pioneer World
Class curriculum is provided. New activity leaders will shadow experienced leaders or staff and will lead activity observed by staff member.
Living History Leader
Duties: Engage students through first or third person living history demonstrations. Living History Leaders dress in period costume and either converse with students about "their" lives as an historical figure or engage them in a period-appropriate craft or task.
- Living History Leaders research their historic figure or activity. The WHC has a library of materials available for research
- Periodic workshops are available for those interested in honing their skills
- Period dress and artifacts are provided for use in programs
- Shadowing opportunities available
Hands-on History Leader
Duties: Connect students with the past through guided activity stations in the museum (programs last about 15 minutes). Leaders might:
- Connect students with historical letters and writing styles
- Introduce 1840s fashions by challenging them to dress two kids for the Oregon Trail
- Experience baskets through touch and trying weaving.
Curriculum provided. Leaders will shadow experienced leaders and complete one trial activity with staff member present.
Visitor Services Volunteers:
Welcome volunteers to the site, provide directions at the museum and around the city. A great way to connect with our community and the wonderful history on site.
Archives and Collections Volunteers:
Help in the archives and collections area with research, preservation, indexing, data entry, filing, and scanning photographs and slides.
Help staff our research library by assisting patrons with research in family history, historic homes and property, and local history.
These short-term volunteer opportunities make a big difference. Help out at one of the museum's special events. Check the calendar below for the next special event!
Our volunteer internships are varied and flexible, and many college majors can be enhanced by spending time at the Willamette Heritage Center. For starters, we offer internships in research/writing, archives/artifacts, marketing, education and hospitality. Hours and exact duties will be adjusted to suit a student's needs. Drama, marketing and business, English, education, history, archaeology, and even botany majors can find an internship here!