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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Whether you're a student, historian, archivist, or just a local with a passion for history we have volunteer positions to fit every schedule and interest!

Dress up in period costumes, give tours on local history, delve into our archival collections, or learn how to geo-rectify maps from the 19th century!

Stop by the museum during our open hours to learn more about these and other opportunities for engagement or contact community@thehistorycenter.net.


DOCENTS - EXHIBIT HALL

We are always looking for volunteer docents to greet the public and share knowledge with visitors in the Exhibit Hall. No previous experience or familiarity with local history necessary.

The opportunity is flexible; docents can specialize in one topic or a particular exhibit, give weekly tours, or volunteer only during the semester or summer if they live elsewhere for part of the year. Volunteer hours can range from 1-10 per week, and are organized in coordination with docents availability and personal needs.

Contact community@thehistorycenter.net with interest or questions.

Serving as a docent is eligible for community service/service-learning hours, Federal Work-Study employment, and college internship credits. We have had docents ages 15 to 70+, with all levels of education and sorts of interests. No prior experience in museums or history is needed! We offer ongoing, optional trainings on topics and skills of interest to docents.

Docent Application





VOLUNTEER WITH HistoryForge

Visit the Volunteer with HistoryForge page to learn more about these opportunities, or contact the HistoryForge Project Coordinator at historyforge@thehistorycenter.net

  • Census Transcription
  • Georectification/Map Layer Construction
  • Recording Information Encoded in Historic Maps
  • Adding Archival Resources

HistoryForge Volunteer Application

INTERNSHIPS

All our volunteer opportunities can qualify as internship and/or course credits. Contact the staff member in charge of the volunteer program you're interested in to communicate about expectations and course requirements. If you're interested in volunteering in an area not listed here, please get in touch with community@thehistorycenter.net to share some of your interests and we can work with you to develop a program tailored to your skills and interests.  

Fall 2020 Available Internships: Local History Mural Tour, Digitize the History Center's Newspaper Column Collection, On This Day in History - Social Media Intern, Assistant to the History Center. 

TRANSCRIBE ORAL HISTORIES


Do you love to listen to stories? Help us transcribe our recorded Oral History interviews to add to our archival audio collection.

Once trained volunteers can work remotely for transcription work. This opportunity can also become an internship or independent project. Learn more about our Oral History collections here

If you are interested in working with our Oral History collections, please contact community@thehistorycenter.net.

SCHOOL MARMS & MASTERS - EIGHT SQUARE SCHOOLHOUSE

Take some local history, a landmark building, a flair for the dramatic and a roomful of kids. Mix well and you will have an unforgettable trip to the past. The History Center is looking for teachers at our 1827 Eight Square Schoolhouse on Hanshaw Road in Dryden. In the spring and fall, area fourth grade and home school children spend a day immersed in rural one-room school education of over a century ago via our Living History program.

If you are interested in becoming part of our unique teaching team, please contact (607) 273-8284 or eightsquare@thehistorycenter.net.


HERITAGE AMBASSADORS

The History Center in Tompkins County and Historic Ithaca offer this partnered volunteer program to train Tompkins County Heritage Ambassadors. The Ambassadors support Ithaca Heritage events and the county's broader heritage network.

This six-week training program is a free, fun, and engaging opportunity for interested area residents. It introduces volunteers to Tompkins County's history and rich heritage. Past sessions have focused on the county's people, land, architecture, culture, enterprise, and more.

Once the training is completed, Heritage Ambassadors serve as volunteer docents for Ithaca Heritage, Historic Ithaca, and The History Center public events, including HI's That Old House Tour, THC's HistoryForge Days, and Ithaca Heritage tours. You'll join a motivated group of more than two dozen already-trained Heritage Ambassadors eager to share area history with residents and visitors.

Contact community@thehistorycenter.net if you'd like to be notified when the next training dates are set. 

  


For more information about other potential volunteer and internship opportunities, please contact the appropriate department.

Exhibit Hall Docents, Heritage Ambassadors, Docents, Communications, Marketing, Visitor Services, Community Outreach, & General Volunteer Interest:
Zoë Van Nostrand, 607 273 8284 ext. 227 or community@thehistorycenter.net

Archivists, Researchers, Research Library, Archives:
Donna Eschenbrenner, 607 273 8284 ext. 228 or archives@thehistorycenter.net

Youth Education, Youth Programs, Oral History, Eight Square Schoolhouse - School Marms & Masters:
community@thehistorycenter.net

Census Transcription, Mapping, Geo-rectification, Ithaca in the 20th century

Eve Snyder, historyforge@thehistorycenter.net

Exhibit Curation, Photography, Graphic Design:
Cindy Kjellander-Cantu, 607 273-8284 ext. 223 or design@thehistorycenter.net

Fundraising/Development:
Ben Sandberg, 607 273 8284 ext. 222 or director@thehistorycenter.net

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA


Hours

Exhibit Hall -  Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm / Sunday - 10am-3pm - CLOSED M-W

Cornell Local History Research Library & Thaler/Howell Archives - By appointment only. Please contact archives@thehistorycenter.net

Contact                                                     

Email: Refer to Contact page for individual emails, General inquiries to community@thehistorycenter.net

Phone: 607-273-8284

Web: thehistorycenter.net

Find us on social media @tompkinshistory

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