Volunteer

Image of a volunteer in period costume at Wheatland.
Volunteers give guided tours of President James Buchanan’s Wheatland in period costume.

Volunteers help make history happen at LancasterHistory.org! More than 375 stalwart volunteers give tours; process archival materials; help patrons in the library; plan and execute events; research questions posed by the public; give presentations; oversee our investments; give tours at President James Buchanan’s Wheatland; and tend the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum.

LancasterHistory.org offers a variety of opportunities that provides meaningful experiences in a vibrant, professional setting. Opportunities are available in the spring, summer, and fall months in the following areas:

  • Library Services
  • Archival Services
  • Collections Management and Care
  • Historical Interpretation
  • Museum Education and Programming

Benefits of Being A Volunteer

As a volunteer, you will enjoy: a 20% discount on purchases made at The Museum Store; invitations to events and socials, including the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic held in August; and free General Admission to LancasterHistory.org (including Living Histories; excluding Yuletide at Wheatland). For young volunteers, your time will be a valuable supplement to your resume or a worthwhile opportunity to fulfill community-service requirements.

Current Opportunities Available

Visitor Services

Hospitality Greeter: Greet and welcome visitors to LancasterHistory.org, and provide information about the building amenities and the programs and activities available on-site. A staff member will work with you at the Reception Desk in Ware Commons. Training provided. Must be 12+ years of age. Volunteer shifts are available Monday - Saturday from 10am - 1pm AND/OR 1-3pm.

Museum Store Associate: Conduct retails sales, greet and welcome all customers, provide gift wrapping (if applicable), provide personalized salesmanship for all customers, label merchandise using pricing/inventory system, maintain clean work space and stocked shelves, and assist with inventory activities (if applicable). Training provided. Previous retail and point-of-sale system experience preferred. Proficient with computers. Must be 16+ years of age. Volunteer shifts are as coordinated with Patrick Clarke.

Research Library

Research Library Volunteer: Assist visiting researchers in the LancasterHistory.org Research Library who are conducting research on their family's history, house histories, business histories, archaeology projects, and scholarly research. Training provided. Must possess strong computer, communication, and visitor service skills. Must be able to work with staff and patrons. Volunteer schedule will be on a mutually-agreed upon basis. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. If you have additional questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Kevin Shue, Genealogist.

President James Buchanan's Wheatland

History Tour Guide: Conduct guided tours of Wheatland for visitors of all ages. Volunteers may also be asked to participate in Living History programs when they are presented during the main tour season. Training provided. Must possess good verbal and communication skills; ability to be on ones feet for an hour and to climb stairs. Must be 17+ years of age. Volunteer shifts are available Monday - Saturday from 10am to 1pm AND/OR 1pm to 3pm.

Youth Group Museum Educator: Provide special tours of Wheatland for elementary, middle, and high school, college, and home schooled students. Training provided. Must possess good verbal and communication skills; ability to be on ones feet for an hour and climb stairs. Must be 18+ years of age. Volunteer schedule is as coordinated with Stephanie Townrow.

*The list above is continually updated as opportunities are opened and/or filled.

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