Volunteer with us!

Are you looking to get more involved in your community? Do you have some free time you’d like to contribute towards a worthy cause? Considering volunteering with the History Museum! We are always accepting volunteer applications, and have a variety of ways you can be involved.

Download our application, fill it out, and mail it, email it, or drop it off at the History Museum. Contact Business Manager Sheila Ploeckelman for more information: 920-735-9370 x 104; Sheila@myhistorymuseum.org

Read below for more information about the specific volunteer jobs available.

Opportunities include:

Front Desk Attendants
These friendly volunteers greet museum visitors, ring up admission and gift shop purchases, answer the phone, and answer basic questions about the museum’s exhibits and programs. Are you friendly and enjoy talking to people? This could be the position for you. Some experience with computers or technology preferred.

Do you like working with kids and sharing stories? Docents greet school groups, welcome them to the museum, and may give short guided tours of one of the exhibits (usually AKA Houdini). School groups are scheduled in advance and vary when they arrive, but most tours take place Monday through Friday, anytime from 9am to 4pm. Groups usually stay for about an hour and a half. There may be an occasional Saturday tour. Docents list their availability and are contacted after tours are scheduled to check if they are able to volunteer for a certain date and time.

Special Events
Event Volunteer: Helping with events and programs includes assisting attendees with way-finding, manning the front desk to greet attendees and answer the back door phone. If you’re willing, we won’t say no to helping with clean up!
Event Set-Up: We may occasionally need tables and chairs set up or taken down for events. The more folks that lend a hand, the faster it goes!
Photographer for Special Events: Do you have photography skills? Consider volunteering your time to snap candid or posed photos to document museum events, such as exhibit opening or major fundraising events.

School Days/Youth Programs
Sometimes the museum has special youth events either during the week, or on Saturdays. School Days takes place the first Wednesday and Thursday of each May and October, and is our largest program. Volunteers give 5 minute presentations to elementary students about pioneer life or the fur trade. Volunteer half a day or a full day.

Scout programs happen on Saturdays in late winter. Volunteers are assigned to an activity table to describe and help cub scouts with an activity.

There are other one-time events, such as American Girl Doll Day, that may also require volunteers. Tasks may vary.

Yard Work
If you’re an outdoors person, we can always use help with spring and fall yard clean-up (such as raking, trimming the hedge, mulching), or other special yard projects as needed.

Volunteers in this area assist in cataloging artifacts and processing archival collections, inventorying collections, data entry, research, or assisting with special projects. Volunteers need attention to detail; computer proficiency preferred.
The museum does not currently have formal internship positions, however if you are a student and are interested in an internship for credit, we are happy to work with you and your school to find an internship project in any area of museum work. 150 hours of work is usually the length of one internship. Contact Chief Curator Dustin Mack: dustin@myhistorymuseum.org or 920-735-9370 x 112

Jan Krohn is pictured here with Board President Monica Rico and Executive Director Matt Carpenter at the 2017 Annual Meeting. Photo courtesy of Brad Cebulski

​Volunteer of the Year

​Each year, the history museum honors one of its volunteers with the Harold C. Vonder Here Outstanding Volunteer Award. It is given to a committed individual who has made a significant contribution to the Museum and its mission.

The 2019 Harold C. Vonder Here Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to Gordon Lind for his work maintaining the model railroad of Appleton on display at the History Museum and his his dedication to public education.

​Thank you, Gordon!

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