Volunteer Opportunities and Internships
There are many different volunteer opportunities with the Society, we've listed a few below, but we are also happy to work with you to fit a project to your interests and talents. Contact us below to set up a meeting!
Front Desk and Shop - Greet visitors, collect admission and shop sales, answer questions, direct visitors, answer phone, etc. Time: weekdays, 1-2 shifts per month, shifts: 9am - 1pm and 1 - 5pm
Docent - Greet visitors, answer questions, talk about Winona history, enhance the visitor experience. Time: flexible, weekdays and weekends during operating hours (not a guided tour).
Tour Guide - Greet Group Tours and lead through museum on a guided tour (mostly students, some adult groups), lead walking tour of downtown and/or step-on a bus and show off area landmarks, buildings and more. Time: On call, often weekdays, May/June busy season for field trips, museum tours last approx. 1 hour. Others vary. Tips for Tour Guides
Behind the Scenes
Collection Assistant - Work with curator of collections on various projects (cataloging artifacts, research, moving storage items, etc.) Time: flexible (weekdays)
Archives Assistant - Work with archivists on various projects (research, organizing, cataloging, scanning, etc.) Time: flexible (weekdays)
Exhibit Fabrication: building exhibit components and re-working old ones as in-house exhibits change, various permanent exhibit maintenance as needed.
Time: flexible, as needed during exhibit schedule
Event Committee Member - Serve on an event committee and help plan and work at one of our annual events such as the Christmas House Tour, Museum Open House, Cemetery Walk, and others.
Event Support - Don't want to be as involved at an event committee member but still want to help? There are many jobs at each event that you can help with (Greeter at Homes during House Tour, Server at Chocolate, Shakespeare and Champagne, Set-up and Clean-up, Guide or Act at the Cemetery Walk and more).
Note: We do not offer volunteer hours for Sentence to Service for security reasons.
Internships are offered year a round. We take up to two unpaid interns per semester. If you are interested in interning at the Winona County Historical Society please contact us below for availability and to set up an interview.
In the past we've worked with students majoring in History, Education, Business, Art, English and more.
We strive to offer a quality learning experience, with projects in each department of the Society, from visitor service to exhibit planning to research to maintenance. We can also work with interns or students doing independent studies on a specific area or topic.