The History Center of Olmsted County is supported by dedicated volunteers who are active in all aspects of our operations. Retirees, college and high school students, families, businesses and professionals both young and old are among those who donate their time. The organization could not continue without the help of these important individuals.

If you’d like to learn how you can volunteer, contact us by calling 507-282-9447, email, or stop in the History Center today!

Interested volunteers are also required to authorize a background check.

The History Center is currently seeking volunteers to be part of our Mayowood Mansion Tours. Trailers assist the guides in keeping the tour together and being a second pair of eyes for collection security. Tours begin April 19. Volunteer hours available Tuesday-Sunday. If you are interested in joining our ever-growing volunteer base, please email services@olmstedhistory.com and request a volunteer application. Applications may also be picked up in person at the History Center during regular business hours.

The History Center is also looking for several individuals to serve on our Board of Directors. Call our director, Pat Carlson for more information, or email services@olmstedhistory.com and request an application.

What can I do?

Whether you contribute your efforts to a single event or to our many ongoing programs and projects, you will have a lasting impact and inspire others to do the same. With so much property to maintain and a large collection to catalogue and preserve there are endless opportunities for volunteers. You can help us by providing service to visitors or working behind the scenes.

Volunteers play an active role in bringing history to life. Whether you are a docent for the education department or a guide at Mayowood, the stories you share bring a piece of history to life. In the archives and curatorial department, volunteers catalog and preserve our collection, helping to ensure that future generations have access to the past. Our maintenance department offers volunteers the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in the Building Utilities Maintenance field.

Every effort is made to match your interests and abilities with the needs of the History Center. In addition, all volunteers have the opportunity to attend Society events, learn about Olmsted County and spend time with others who love history.


Internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in programs such as history, library and information science, museum studies, archives and related disciplines. Interns are provided with a broad-based introduction to the archives and museum field.

We ask that interns give a minimum of 120 hours of service. Some flexibility in the schedule is possible to accommodate classes and work. All internships are voluntary and unpaid.

Intern Application

Click here to learn about current volunteering opportunities.