Several key volunteer opportunities in our education department include: Guides/interpreters for our school age programs, research assistants, and special event assistants.
Students visit the museum, the George Stoppel farmstead, the Hadley Valley School and the Dee Log Cabin. The museum tour covers the settlement of Olmsted County, the cyclone of 1883, the history of the Mayo Clinic and Mayo surgical suite.
Scripts and training are provided.
Gallery Docents (3-10): Learn the stories of Olmsted County history and lead gallery tours, adding interest and vitality to the gallery exhibits.
Historic Interpreters (5-10) Spring and Fall school tours. Learn the histories of early Olmsted County. Dress in period clothes to lead school tours of the Dee Cabin, the George Stoppel farmstead, and the Hadley Valley Schoolhouse. Retired educators and farmers are encouraged to apply!
Children’s Storytime Readers (2-3). Dress in the style of the Ingalls family and read chapters of the Little House book series in our original Dee Cabin throughout the summer. Volunteers must commit at least 1.5 hours most Thursdays from mid June to mid Aug. Storytime begins at 10 AM followed by demonstrations of pioneer tools, arts, and lifestyles. Families and teens are welcome to apply for this!
Bluebird trail monitors (1-2): Learn the process for monitoring and recording the History Center Bluebird Trail. Responsible for monitoring and leading a weekly tour to demonstrate the process to visitors. ½ to 1 day per week plus a few added hours for misc. monitoring chores. Families and organizations welcome to apply!
Hand Press Printing Volunteers (4) to learn the craft of hand press printing utilizing the History Center printing press equipment. Would offer demonstrations during the summer and on the week-end of Days of Yesteryear in August. May also help with printing projects and programs throughout the year.
Broom makers (1-3). Volunteers willing to be trained to make brooms on the History Center equipment and demonstrate the craft two to three Saturdays during the summer and during Days of Yesteryear in August.
History Camp Volunteers (4): Volunteers will learn and help implement the History Camp curriculum.
Demonstrators: We need a variety of volunteers to share their talents in quilting, darning, crochet, knitting, tatting, spinning, weaving, cooper, soap making, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, wheat weaving, storytelling, cornhusk doll making, and making hair flowers. We also need Native American art demonstrators for beadwork, leatherwork, flint napping, drum making, native dance and drumming.
If you are interested in these opportunities or have other skills or talents that you are interested in demonstrating at the History Center during the summer please contact Leah Brey-Fratzke at 507-282-9447 Ext 117 or at firstname.lastname@example.org