You probably live here - at least in part - because you value and are interested in our community's lively history.
Volunteering with the Jefferson County Historical Society provides an array of opportunities to preserve our cultural heritage. There are few things more enjoyable than exercising your talents! If you have some time to share, we can promise you many ways to learn and practice your skills in the company of wonderful people.
Opportunities abound within the many programs and venues of the historical society. Volunteers are the foundation of this organization and several projects are always underway behind the scenes. We invite you to jump in! Here are some opportunities for the coming months.
- Help plan and produce special events: Every year JCHS hosts special events like First Night, Founders' Day, exhibit openings, and First Friday. Interesting projects await creative organizers. Contact Brooke for more information.
- Adopt the Shop: Select and display merchandise for the JCHS Museum Shop. Contact Brooke Weber for more information or call 385-1003.
- Become a member of the JCHS Education Committee: With the mission to "increase knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Jefferson County history through projects and programs directed at residents and visitors of all ages, with particular attention to school-aged children," the JCHS Education Committee participates in many projects, including History Camp, the "Museum in a Trunk" program, lecture series and more. For more information, click here.
- Help index our archives collection: Historic documents provide a wealth of information. Help us make them accessible by entering data into the Past Perfect museum software program. We provide training if you can make a regular time commitment. Contact Marsha Moratti (379-6673).
- Conduct walking tours: Learn and share the history of Port Townsend's downtown and uptown historic districts. Contact Bill Tennent (360-385-1003).
- Become a Museum docent: Welcome visitors to the Museum, located in the beautifully restored landmark Port Townsend City Hall building. Learn all about our community's lively history and share your knowledge with visitors. Shifts are two and a half hours long. Contact Brooke Weber for more information (360-385-1003).
- Greet and inform visitors at the Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitors' Center. Contact Bill Roney.
- Become a Rothschild House docent: Learn to share this historic treasure. Perched on the bluff overlooking the downtown historic district, this house and its garden provide an exceptionally pleasant setting for both docents and visitors. The house manager schools new volunteers about the Rothschild family, their home and early Port Townsend. Typically, volunteers work a three-hour shift. Open May through September. Contact Bill Tennent for more information. Seasonal hours.
- Become a Commanding Officer's Quarters docent: This 1904 historic house museum is located at the head of Officer's Row at Fort Worden State Park. Contact Bill Tennent for more information. Seasonal hours.