Education and Programming

Volunteer opportunities include:

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!

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 Aaron Saterdalen at 507-282-9447 Ext 117 or at programs@olmstedhistory.com

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