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The Detroit Historical Society has several volunteer opportunities, and we’d love to match our needs with your skills.
Docents lead tours of the Detroit Historical Museum and/or the Dossin Great Lakes Museum for schoolchildren and other groups. This is a perfect opportunity for those who love working with children and enjoying public speaking. Docents must be willing to provide at least one tour per week (approximately 2 hours) during the school year. Tours are scheduled on weekday mornings and afternoons.
Gallery Guides work on weekends and during special events to ensure that our visitors can easily navigate the Museums. You’ll receive special training on how to present exhibits and engage visitors. Gallery Guides must be willing to work at least one weekend day a month, for approximately 2-4 hours at a time.
Public Program Guides
Public Program Guides are trained to lead and/or facilitate the Society’s popular outreach programs, including the Behind the Scenes and Historical Houses of Worship tours. All Public Programs Guides receive special training to help make these off-site programs a success. Public Program Guides must be willing to work a minimum of one program a month.
Special Events Volunteers
Special Events Volunteers are outgoing, high-energy people who love engaging with our visitors during special events. Volunteers in this area register and greet guests, assist with activities for children and adults, work our fundraisers and parties, and more. Programs are often scheduled in the evening and on weekends.
Clerical and Administrative Volunteers
Clerical and Administrative Volunteers help Society staff with special projects or ongoing tasks. Most of these volunteer opportunities are on weekdays. Some opportunities are project-oriented and time-specific, while other opportunities are ongoing.
Historical and Archival Research Volunteers
Volunteers in this area help our curatorial and collections team with tasks ranging from cataloguing artifacts to conducting exhibition research. Most of these assignments are on weekdays and training is provided. Please note: these volunteer opportunities are primarily at the Collections Resource Center which is located at Historic Fort Wayne in Southwest Detroit. Secure parking is provided.
Carpentry, Painting, Repair and Maintenance Volunteers
If you’re handy and inclined to help, the Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum need you. Put your skills and talents to use making sure that the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum look as good as they possibly can for our visitors. Opportunities are available on weekdays and weekends.
Marketing/Public Relations Volunteers
Marketing/Public Relations Volunteers help spread the word about the Society’s programs, exhibits and events. Opportunities are primarily at the Detroit Historical Museum and during weekdays, although from time to time special projects might be completed on weekends and weeknights.