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VOLUNTEERING AT THE WASHINGTON STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Washington State Historical Society partners with our communities
to explore how history connects us all.

Partnering, Connecting, Exploring. That’s what we do.

The Washington State Historical Society has collected, preserved, and shared the stories of Washington since 1891. We are the recognized destination for Washington State History. We serve as our state’s primary history educator, making history relevant to our modern lives, and supporting history-based civic dialogue where all are welcome. Our volunteers are essential partners in that effort.

Our volunteers are valuable ambassadors of Washington’s history. Volunteers help museum visitors feel welcome and explore their connections to Washington. Volunteers spread the word in the community about our terrific programs and events. Volunteers help to make our collections accessible for research.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! Your time is valuable and we appreciate the importance of finding a good fit as you consider a volunteer commitment. Read on to see if we might be the right place for you …

Is This You?

  • You’re interested in learning about history (no experience needed!)
  • You like people (you do not have to be an extrovert!)
Sound familiar? Then please attend a volunteer orientation session to find out if we’re a match! Click here to sign up (via My Impact) for orientation. 

Upcoming Opportunities: 

MEN OF CHANGE Exhibition Volunteers Needed!

Volunteer short-term in this special Smithsonian exhibit! Opportunities for teens and adults. This phenomenal exhibition opens on Dec. 21 and closes March 15.

PERKS!

  • Exclusive MEN OF CHANGE volunteer t-shirt
  • Free parking while volunteering
  • Public relations experience, and much more...

HOW to volunteer for Men of Change:

  • Apply: washingtonhistory.org/support/volunteer
  • Attend: Museum volunteer orientation and training (January)
  • Agree: 20-hour volunteer service; WSHS policies (includes WA State criminal background check)

CONTACT Susan Hesselgrave, Volunteer Coordinator, susan.hesselgrave@wshs.wa.gov or 253-798-5874.

JANUARY VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION – SATURDAY, JANUARY 4

Want to find out about volunteering at the History Museum or Research Center? Or other WA State Historical Society events? Please join us for volunteer orientation on January 4!

Volunteer orientation is required for all prospective volunteers and reviews:

  • Volunteer opportunities available at the museum
  • Application process
  • Training on positive interactions with museum visitors
  • Museum policies (dress code, scheduling, etc.)

SIGN UP NOW: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-museum-volunteer-orientation-january-tickets-85678279039

Questions? Contact Susan Hesselgrave, Volunteer Coordinator: susan.hesselgrave@wshs.wa.gov

People enjoy volunteering at the Washington State Historical Society for many reasons...

TO MEET FRIENDS AND CONNECT WITH OUR COMMUNITY

“When I started volunteering here, I had just moved to Tacoma from New Jersey. Didn’t know anything about Washington. I wasn’t a history buff or even a big museum-goer, but now I’m a huge fan! I love distributing our posters to the downtown businesses and chatting with them about the great programs we have coming up.”

“After two weeks of being retired, I knew I was going to need to get out of the house and find people to talk to and a way to stay connected.”

“I’m new to Tacoma, moved south to get out of the Seattle traffic. Volunteering here has been a great way to make some new friends.”

“Last week was so fun. Visitors from all over, with fascinating stories to share. Coming here as a gallery volunteer is sort of like going to a garage sale – on a given day, you never know what variety of people and personal stories will walk through our doors!”

TO GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE

“I am enrolled in a museum studies program, so volunteering here gives me a chance to learn more about the day-to-day work in the museum.”

“Volunteering here while I was in high school was a strong addition to my college applications. And yeah, I’m a history nerd.”

TO SHARE YOUR PASSION AND SKILLS

“It’s so important for all of us to know what’s gone before so that we have context to understand what’s happening now.”

“As a former research librarian, I appreciate the quiet and focus of the work I help with here at the Research Center, cataloguing items in our collections.”

“I was an elementary teacher, and after retirement I really missed the enthusiasm and energy of the classroom. Volunteering in History Lab brings that joy back!”

Learn more ... click here for FAQs:

  • What do WSHS volunteers do? 
  • Who can volunteer? 
  • How do I become a WSHS volunteer?
  • Are there any perks or benefits to volunteering?

Get started today by registering for a WSHS volunteer orientation session. Click here and sign up at My Impact.

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