Volunteers at the Thomasville History Center have the opportunity to be part of one of the oldest historical organizations in the State of Georgia. With a collection of over 500,000 items and a 3 acre campus that contains eight historic structures (including the Lapham-Patterson House!), we never run out of things for people to help with, below are just SOME of the ways a volunteer can assist us to meet our mission: Ensuring that the appreciation of our unique history remains an intrinsic and unbroken thread connecting the past and future through settings that advance our story.
Special Event Assistance
The History Center holds two fund raising events each year, a Fall Dinner in October and Chicken Pilau on Election Day. Both of these events require help both before and during the event. Needed help ranges from stuffing envelopes to setting up tables and chairs and everything in between
We host two summer camps each year in June. They are designed for 3rdthrough 6th graders. One is for a week and the other is for 3 days. Help is needed with assisting kids with activities and crafts to setting up work areas to sorting through supplies and prepping for each day’s schedule.
Throughout the year we hold between 8-12 adult and family programs. The types of activities range from hands-on crafts to lectures to field trips. For each of these events we are always looking for people to help us greet people, assist with any hands-on assignments, and event set-up.
Our Curator handles over 600 research requests each year and also has the responsibility of managing all incoming donations and cataloging. If you are highly computer literate and have an interest in assisting with collection work, please contact us to see if we have a project that will fit your skill set. Most collection work requires advanced organizational skills, database familiarity and intense attention to detail.
Administrative/Guest Service Help
With a staff of only 3 full time people, we are always looking for folks who are comfortable with office and guest service assistance. Administratively we occasionally need help answering the phones and manning the front door. This person could also be asked to provide guests with a tour or help them navigate their way through the Museum campus. If you enjoy speaking and interacting with the public, this could be a good fit for you.