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Interested in learning more about the Museum’s volunteer opportunities? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator. Join us in making a difference in the life of our community. Telephone (734) 455-8940.
 

Our specific volunteer needs:

Volunteer

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The Plymouth Historical Museum owes its success to the efforts of its dedicated volunteers who host, greet, and guide guests through the Museum; help to plan and present its activities; create displays; maintain the physical property; and otherwise support the various functions of the institution. Volunteers add great value to the Museum, but they also derive great value from their association with its stimulating environment. Volunteers acquire new skills, interests, and knowledge; develop new friendships; and explore new horizons for personal and professional growth.

Opportunities abound in the Museum for individuals who wish to share in its success. Those opportunities include:

Guides

Guides meet one of the Museum’s most critical needs. They welcome guests, orient them to the building’s layout, and provide information about the exhibits. A friendly disposition and comfort meeting people are the only requisites for the job. Guides who serve in the Lincoln Room have specialized knowledge about Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln and of the times in which they lived. Also, some volunteers open and close the Museum on the weekends and assure that everything is in order to receive the public.
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Bill Cottrell works in the Weldon Petz Abraham Lincoln Collection.
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Sharon Belobraidich

Educational Programs

Former teachers, aspiring teachers and others combine to design and present programs for elementary and middle school students using the Museum’s exhibits and artifacts to present American history in an entertaining and engaging way. The Museum’s educational activities attract schools from throughout the metropolitan area. But, don’t let the term “teacher” scare you; anyone interested in advancing the educational goals of the Museum is invited to participate in one of its most important functions.

Archives

The Archives houses the Museum’s collection of written historical materials, (with a particularly impressive anthology of Abraham Lincoln), records of the Museum’s collections and a broad array of manuscripts regarding the Plymouth community, such as census data, old newspapers, photographs and genealogies of Plymouth families. The Archives attracts researchers of every type. We always need individuals interested in data entry and historical research.
 
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Roy Pilkington

Maintenance

If you have any mechanical skills or knowledge of a trade, the Maintenance crew just might be the place for you. Members of the team care for the building’s physical structure and its mechanical systems, build displays and other attractions, and otherwise are the Museum’s “jacks-of-all-trades.”  They work Monday and Wednesday mornings.

Exhibits

Have a flair for design or an artistic streak? Put these to use; join the Exhibits group and help it to conceive and erect special displays and exhibits. This team of creative persons continuously garners high praise from the public for its outstanding work. It meets Wednesdays during the year, but every day during exhibit change-over.
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Jean Scheppele and Karen Witmer
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Barbara Peterson

Hospitality

The Museum hosts regular monthly meetings of its membership as well as other special events during the year. On those occasions, volunteers help to decorate the rooms with such things as floral arrangements, table settings and food displays.

Museum Store

The Museum operates a small outlet that stocks a variety of items such as, to name just a few, books about Abraham Lincoln and Plymouth history, and replicas of antique toys. The store is open during the Museum’s normal hours of operation and is staffed entirely by volunteers.
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Kay Strobl and Paula Holmes, Co-Managers
 

Newsletter

The Museum disseminates the Museum Memo, a bi-monthly newsletter (6 times a year) to its members, other museums and professional organizations. The Museum invites anyone with writing ability and editorial expertise to help it prepare the newsletter for publication and mailing.

Accessions

Items that are donated to the Museum have to be acknowledged and catalogued. The process is called "accessioning." The accessions staff works on Wednesdays to ensure the Museum's items are properly accounted for and are entered into the Museum software.
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Virginia Schubatis and Lois Dusbiber
 

The following Guide Schedule is intended to be used by approved guides only. If you have not yet spoken about volunteering at the Museum with our Volunteer Coordinator, Janet Burns, please call or email her to get information on signing up.


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