Volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role in the daily operations of the Historical Society. The Society could not provide the services to our members and community without these dedicated people. Volunteers fill all types of niches, such as:

  • researchers
  • carpenters
  • librarians
  • membership assistants
  • archivists
  • painters
  • collection organizers
  • tour guides
  • and many other needed positions.

If you are interested in volunteering in a fun and rewarding environment, please contact the Historical Society at (603) 352-1895 or fill out the form to the right for more information.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Collections Assistant

Department: Education
Reports to: Jennifer Carroll, Director of Education

Title:  Collections Assistant

Background: The Historical Society of Cheshire County has over 300,000 items in its permanent collections.  A large portion of the collection include historic objects preserved at the Society as artifacts.

Volunteer Objective:  Seeking 1-2 volunteers who have availability between 10am and 3pm on Thursdays.  Volunteer will work with Society staff and volunteers to inventory the collection, measure artifacts, note the condition of artifacts, create informative descriptions of artifacts, and photograph them.  This work will be added into the Society’s database PastPerfect and made available to the public via the New Hampshire Historical Society’s website NH History Network.   Volunteers may be asked to conduct research related to specific artifacts in the collection using the Society’s archives and library materials.

Skills Desired: Volunteer needs to have an attention to detail, have reading and writing skills, and organizational skills.  Knowledge of PastPerfect or databases is not necessary but is a plus.  S/he must be comfortable with lifting, standing, climbing stairs, and temperature fluctuations.

If you are interested in assisting the Education Department with this project, please complete our volunteer application and contact:

Jennifer Carroll
Director of Education
Historical Society of Cheshire County
246 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431
603/352-1895
dired@hsccnh.org

Citizen Archivist

Department: Education
Reports to: Jennifer Carroll, Director of Education

Title:  Citizen Archivist

Background: The Historical Society of Cheshire County has over 300,000 items in its permanent collections.  A large portion of the collection contains archival materials in the form of business records, personal letters and diaries, and ephemera.  Many of these historic documents provide an important connection between national events and local history.

Volunteer Objective:  Assist the Society by transcribing historic documents into Google Sheets for future use in classrooms, with researchers, in programs and exhibitions, and online.  Volunteer will follow a set of transcription rules outlined by the Society.  S/he will also create a list of subjects (or search terms) that relate to the document in question.  This position is collaborative.  The Society will assign volunteers to edit each other’s transcriptions prior to publishing them online.

Skills Desired: Volunteer needs to have an attention to detail, have reading and writing skills, and organizational skills.  A working knowledge of cursive handwriting and Microsoft Office (or Google Sheets) a plus.

If you are interested in assisting the Education Department with this project, please complete our volunteer application and contact:

Jennifer Carroll
Director of Education
Historical Society of Cheshire County
246 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431
603/352-1895
dired@hsccnh.org

School Resource Curator

Department: Education
Reports to: Jennifer Carroll, Director of Education

Title:  School Resource Curator

Background: The Historical Society of Cheshire County offers educational resources for teachers at all grade levels.  These resources include reading materials, historic documents and photographs, and touchable artifacts that teachers can use in the classroom with their students.

Volunteer Objective:  The educational resources we provide have been used for a long time.  They need to be examined to determine what works well for students of varying ages and what does not.  Which items or resources need retiring and which need replacing?  What’s missing and/or broken?  What’s the estimated cost for replacement?  What could be done to improve the resources available?  And what topics/themes are not available to schools that should be?

Skills Desired: Volunteer needs to have an attention to detail, have reading and writing skills, and organizational skills.  Persons with a background in education and have a working knowledge of Common Core standards will be given preference.

If you are interested in assisting the Education Department with this project, please complete our volunteer application and contact:

Jennifer Carroll
Director of Education
Historical Society of Cheshire County
246 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431
603/352-1895
dired@hsccnh.org

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