Looking for ways to help?
Click on the links below to sign up for upcoming education and outreach programs, special events, and projects. If you don’t see something at interests you read the position descriptions below and contact our volunteer coordinator Paul Hildebrandt : firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-388-6024
Who are the Goodhue County Historical Society Volunteers?
There are no “typical” volunteers. They are men and women of all ages and from all walks of life, who volunteer for a variety of reasons – to learn, to make new friends, to share their love of history, or just to devote time to a good cause. But one thing is constant – a desire to preserve and interpret Goodhue County history, so that future generations can better understand their past and present.
Here are just a few of the ways that you can spend your time volunteering at the Goodhue County Historical Society:
Explore the Goodhue County Historical Society’s resources to learn more about our shared history and promote the stories of Goodhue County. Library Assistants have the Goodhue County Historical Society’s resources at their fingertips. During each volunteer shift, library assistants will aid members of the public with research inquiries. Library Assistants will also have the option to help the Archives & Library Manager with additional interesting tasks such as exhibit and project research.
Oral History Transcriptionist
Goodhue County Historical Society seeks one, detailed oriented Oral History Transcriptionist. This individual will have the opportunity to listen to powerful local stories and interviews while they transcribe each one to script form. The Oral History Transcriptionist will help the Historical Society fulfill its mission through the preservation of oral histories which may be used to promote the history of Goodhue County during education programs or exhibits.
Archives Collection Volunteer
Archives Collection Volunteers help the Goodhue County Historical Society’s mission to preserve the natural and cultural history of Goodhue County. Volunteers will assist the Archives & Library Manager with important cataloging and researching efforts to ensure that archival artifacts (pictures, diaries, letters, books, etc.) are kept and cared for in the collections.
Share your love and knowledge of Goodhue County history with students and adult visitors. If you have an interest in history, can tell a good story, are willing to walk and stand for a 60 or 90 minute tour, and have lots of enthusiasm, we’d love to utilize your talents! Tour guides not only lead students throughout the museum, but help out with hands-on programs, and work with our Education Collection artifacts as well. The History Center hosts field trips for students throughout the county each year. Tour guides work on an on-call basis mostly during the Spring and Summer months. Training provided.
Youth and Family Programs
The Goodhue County Historical Society seeks motivated and enthusiastic team members to join a committee. Knowledge and skill requirements will vary by committee. Generally speaking, committee members should have a passion for the work that the committee supports and be an advocate for the Goodhue County Historical Society. New committee members will receive orientation regarding the committee structure of the organization by the Execute Director and then meet with the lead staff member for that committee to learn more specifically what the committee does. Meeting frequency varies from quarterly, bi-monthly, to monthly.
You can serve on a committee to support the operations of the Goodhue County Historical Society! We have available positions on the following committees: Building & Grounds, Collections, Education & Outreach, Exhibits, Fundraising & Development, and Nominating.