Founded in 1939, the Historical Society of Carroll County, Maryland, Inc. (HSCC) is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the tangible objects that allow the public to explore the unique history of Carroll County and its diverse cultural heritage. As the County’s primary storyteller, HSCC utilizes its collections and other resources to place that history within the larger context of the American experience.
The strength of the Historical Society lies with its dedicated corps of volunteers who do everything from giving museum tours to helping people research their family history to clipping newspaper articles to helping staff school programs.
The Historical Society of Carroll County has many volunteer opportunities and would love to match your skills with its needs.
Docents are a part of our educational outreach assets and lead tours of the Historical Society for school children and adult groups. This is the perfect opportunity for those who love working with people of all ages and enjoy public speaking. Docents must be willing to lead at least one tour per week (approximately 2 hours each) during the school year. Tours are scheduled on weekday mornings and afternoons.
Library volunteers help visitors with their research projects, prepare materials for microfilming, respond to genealogical and other library-related inquires that arrive via mail, e-mail, and telephone. Volunteers must be willing to work one half-day shift Wednesday, Thursday or Friday during the day. Training will be offered.
MUSEUM SHOP VOLUNTEERS
HSCC needs sales ambassadors for The Shop at Cockey’s. Our museum shop offers a variety of unique history-related items that underscore the Society’s educational mission and its emphasis on Carroll County history. The Shop is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shifts are determined by the volunteer’s schedule and the Society’s needs.
Also an important part of our educational resources, Gallery Guides work on weekends and during special events to ensure that our visitors can easily navigate the Historical Society’s campus. 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 per month, for approximately 2-4 hours at a time.
SPECIAL EVENTS VOLUNTEERS
Our Development Department utilizes Special Events Volunteers often because they are outgoing, high-energy people who love engaging with our visitors during Society events. Volunteers in this area register and greet guests, assist with activities for children and adults, work at our fundraisers, member events, parties and more. Such events and programs are often scheduled in the evenings and on weekends. Business or cocktail attire is often required.
CLERICAL & ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEERS
At various times throughout the year, all departments rely on Clerical and Administrative Volunteers to assist 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. Clerical and administrative assistance is geared towards filing, basic research, proofreading and updating database systems.
CARPENTRY, PAINTING, REPAIR & MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEERS
If you’re handy and inclined to help, HSCC needs you. Put your skills and talents to use making sure that our historic buildings and grounds look as good as they possibly can for our visitors. Opportunities are available on a weekly basis or by project.
MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS VOLUNTEERS
Marketing & Public Relations Volunteers help spread the word about the Society’s programs, exhibits, and events. Opportunities are primarily during weekdays, although from time to time, special off-site events might be completed on weekends and/or weeknights. Those who enjoy writing and have good verbal communication skills are encouraged to choose this opportunity.
SPECIAL PROJECT VOLUNTEERS
From time to time, the Historical Society of Carroll County has opportunities to work on special projects. Volunteer opportunities for special projects will be listed as they are available.
HSCC presents programs to community groups on a variety of subjects. Volunteers are needed to facilitate and present this type of community outreach.
For more information on volunteer opportunities at HSCC, call Gainor Davis at 410-848-6494, ext. 202 or e-mail at Gainor@HSCCmd.org
To view a list of committees, click HERE.
The Historical Society of Carroll County is a not-for-profit organization. All volunteers serve without monetary compensation.
The Historical Society of Carroll County, Maryland, Inc.
210 East Main Street, Westminster MD 21157
Phone: (410) 848-6494 Email: Info@HSCCmd.org
HSCC Website: www.HSCCmd.org