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Volunteer Opportunities

Photograph Collection Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to scan and catalog the various types of images in our growing photograph collections. Types of images range from paper prints to film and glass-plate negatives and slides. Perusing historic photos of Lancaster County while you work is an added bonus.

  • Volunteers wishing to scan should have strong computer and scanning experience. Apple/Mac and Photoshop experience isn't necessary, but is a plus.
  • Cataloging photographs entails entering data into our Past Perfect database. Volunteers with computer data entry experience and some knowledge of Lancaster County history are preferred.

For more information contact Marianne Heckles, Research Assistant & Coordinator of Photograph Collections

 
Archives Aide

An Archives Aide is responsible for retrieving items from the archives when they have been requested by a patron in the Research Library. Preference will be given to applicants who are actively pursuing a career in archives, libraries or museums, or have at least one year of experience working with archival collections. Training will be provided by the archives staff. An Archives Aide may also assist with data entry, transcription or cataloging historic documents.

Applicants must be able to use a step-ladder, move boxes from upper and lower shelves, and move boxes weighing 40 lbs. We are looking for Archives Aides for mid-day shifts Wednesday-Friday.

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Archival Services

 
Archives Volunteers

We are currently unable to accept new volunteers for the Archives.

Archives Volunteers have the opportunity to read and preserve original historic documents, such as letters, court cases and business records. Our primary focus is to make these hidden treasures accessible to our researchers around the world. Preference will be given to applicants who are actively pursuing a career in archives, libraries or museums, or have at least one year of experience working with archival collections.

Volunteer Opportunities in this area include:

  • Organizing and preserving historic documents
  • Cataloging historic documents
  • Cataloging blueprints and architectural drawings
  • Transcribing letters, diaries, fire company minutes
  • Data entry
  • Researching biographical and historical information for the collections

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Archival ServicesThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

 
Curatorial and Web Site Volunteers

The work of Curatorial Volunteers may encompass a broad spectrum of personal and professional interests. The Curatorial Department's primary focus is on the collection, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of the three-dimensional collections of LancasterHistory.org. The types of materials we collect are quite varied, as are the methods used to accomplish these goals.

Volunteer Opportunities in this area include:

  • Exhibit Research
  • Exhibit Construction
  • Object Cataloging and Research
  • Oral History Interviews
  • Web Site Design and Maintenance

For more information contact Barry Rauhauser.

 
Collections Assistant

Do you like the "STUFF" that makes up history? Then you may be interested in volunteering with the Assistant Director at President Buchanan's Wheatland.

Collections volunteers assist the Assistant Director of President James Buchanan's Wheatland with management projects that include installation of exhibitions, record condition reports on artifacts, recording hygrothermograph data, research and record market values of collection items, inventory collection.

For more info contact:

Patrick Clarke

 
Youth Group Museum Educator

Do you enjoy helping young people learn about history? President Buchanan's Wheatland is looking for volunteers to serve as youth group museum educators.

Youth Group Museum Educators provide special tours of the President's mansion for children in elementary school, middle school and for home school children. In addition to the special tours of the mansion, Youth Group Museum Educators provide activity based opportunities that provide the children with fun hands-on projects designed to emphasize certain aspects of life in the 1850s.

For more info contact:

Patrick Clarke

 
Junior History Tour Guides

For youth ages 12 to 18 this program prepares young citizens for a lifetime of giving back to the community, and helps them improve their communication skills and self esteem. The museum staff will provide historical content for volunteer history tour guides that will help you connect the stories of James Buchanan's private life, his political life with the tumultuous times in which he lived. Additionally, Wheatland staff will provide interpretive training, demonstrating effective techniques on how to give a tour of Mr. Buchanan's 1828 federal-style mansion. New volunteers shadow others and the museum staff before they take visitors on a tour of the mansion by themselves.

In addition to daily tours, the museum offers opportunities to participate in special living history programs when they are offered throughout the year. If you enjoy history, stories and people then President Buchanan's Wheatland is the place for you!

For more info contact:

Patrick Clarke

 
History Tour Guides
History Tour Guides provide visitors with personalized tours of President James Buchanan's Wheatland. Do you like to share history stories? If so, we have a fun volunteer opportunity awaiting you at President James Buchanan's Wheatland!

The Wheatland staff will provide historical content for volunteer history tour guides that will help you connect the stories of James Buchanan's private life, his political life with the tumultuous times in which he lived. Additionally, Wheatland staff will provide interpretive training, demonstrating effective techniques on how to give a tour of Mr. Buchanan's 1828 federal-style mansion. New volunteers shadow others and the museum staff before they take visitors on a tour of the mansion by themselves.

In addition to daily tours, the museum offers opportunities to participate in special living history programs when they are offered throughout the year. If you enjoy history, stories and people then President Buchanan's Wheatland is the place for you!

For more info contact:

Patrick Clarke

 
Junior Volunteer Program

For youth ages 12 to 18 Wheatland offers a junior volunteer program. This program prepares young adults for a lifetime of giving back to community, and helps improve communication skills and self esteem.  Junior volunteers are trained in a variety of responsibilities including giving tours, transcribing original manuscripts, installing exhibits, and participating in special events throughout the season.

For more info contact:

Patrick Clarke

 

Our Blogs

The History Bucket

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Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

While working with the object collections of LancasterHistory.org we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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Historically Speaking

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The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at LancasterHistory.org never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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Marianne's PhotoBlog

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Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

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Wheatland: A Love Story

Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past six years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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