Volunteers play an important role in the Shiloh Museum's mission to preserve the history of Northwest Arkansas. We have many volunteer opportunities for a variety of interests and time commitments. Benefits to volunteers include a 10% discount in the Shiloh Museum Store, invitations to exhibit openings and special events, and opportunities for educational tours, programs, and activities. Besides, volunteering is a great way to get out of the house and meet new people.
Here are some of our treasured volunteers in action. Look at how much fun they're having!
Mira celebrates completion of her two-year project to transfer photo negatives from boxes to binders. Note there is no food in the research area. But cake is only a breakroom away!
Larry restored an old broken apple peeler to perfect working order so we can use it for school programs. He uses his woodworking and fix-it skills to help build exhibits, and brings museum staff members peppermint candy.
Jeanne is one of our front desk greeters. She is an extraordinary genealogist, and we tap into her knowledge just like we tap into our maple trees on the museum grounds. Sweet!
Debbie helps with kids activities during school tours and special events. You might see her portraying an Ozark pioneer named "Miranda," or "Aint (Aunt) Harry," an Ozark granny woman.
Tom greets visitors, helps staff members with various research projects, and continually amazes us with his knowledge of local railroad history.
Ann maintains folders of news clippings and paper items in our ocean of research files, and manages to keep her head above water the whole time.
Regina becomes a pioneer Ozark woman to teach school kids about log cabin life. She is also first in line to help make hand-cranked ice cream during our summer history day camp.
Steve gleans information from old editions of The Springdale News for inclusion in our index of local history articles. He also knows a lot about birdwatching.
Linda is one of the friendly faces you'll meet at our front desk. She also helps with school programs during the busy school tour season.
Bill is creating an index of obituaries found in The Springdale News. Genealogists sing his praises.
Mitsy entertains visitors with lovely dulcimer music before our monthly Sandwiched-In programs, and at special events.
Martha works on photo cataloging projects. She also regales museum visitors with her own Ozark family stories.
Truman helps organize our Photo Identification Group (along with his lovely wife Dolores), puts his talents as a Master Gardener to work on the museum grounds, and lets us call him by his childhood nickname, "Buzz."
Dee spends her volunteer time processing archival materials in the museum collection. Here, she's working with old land deeds pertaining to the Thomason family of western Washington County.
Virginia becomes a pioneer woman to tell school kids about life in the old days. She's everyone's favorite pioneer grandma.
After Jim finishes his Friday deliveries as a Meals on Wheels volunteer, he comes to the museum and works on indexing projects in collections.
Mary John helps us reorganize and inventory our vast photograph collection. A lifelong Fayetteville resident, she's a great local history resource!
Ethna came to us as an intern from Northwest Technical Institute, and remains with us as a volunteer! She is a data entry dynamo, having cataloged thousands, yes THOUSANDS, of photos in our photo archive database.
Guides conduct general tours and present programs for museum visitors, primarily groups of children, on various aspects of Ozark life and history. Monthly training sessions include discussion of program materials, mentoring for new guides, sharing experiences with tour groups, and planning for special events. Qualifications: Guides need to genuinely enjoy children and have a desire to share their sense of fun and excitement in learning something new about something old.
Behind-the-scenes volunteers work with the collections manager, exhibit designer, photo archivist, and other staff members. Opportunities are available for volunteers interested in cataloging, research, data entry, filing, exhibit construction, and special projects. Qualifications: An interest in history, attention to detail, and the willingness to make a long-term commitment to the project. Other qualifications will vary depending on the particular job. Training is provided on an individual basis but may require occasional group training sessions.
All our volunteer positions require a committment of at least three months. If you would like to share your time and talents with us as a Shiloh Museum volunteer, contact outreach coordinator Susan Young to find out more about volunteer opportunities.