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Volunteers at the History Center


History Center volunteers help make history come alive. This is a sample of volunteer positions.


Welcome, register and direct library patrons

Volunteers and visitor at the library registration deskEach year thousands of researchers visit the reference library in search of genealogical or other historical topics. Learn about researchers' projects and trigger your own fact-finding missions.

Library registration desk volunteers welcome and register patrons and provide guidelines for library use. Customer service skills and keyboarding experience required.

Current opening on Fridays, 9am-12:30pm, weekly. Minimum one year commitment. Apply now!


Provide a warm welcome and valuable information

Volunteer greeting visitors

Greeters are a one-stop shop able to provide information on a wide variety of topics. Visitors can ask them about membership benefits, where to go to find information about ancestors and the day's special activities. You'll be "in the know" as a visitor services greeter.

Commit to weekly, half-day shifts for one year. Training provided.

Current opening on weekends, twice per month. Minimum one year commitment. Apply now!


Greet school groups!

volunteer greeting children

Get familiar with Minnesota’s history, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the History Center Historic Fort Snelling or Mill City Musem.

In a high energy environment, school programs greeters work with children, teachers and chaperones to give them a positive field trip experience. They greet and direct groups, and advise bus drivers of parking.

Current opening at the History Center on Tuesdays, 9am-Noon, weekly through the school year. Apply now!

Currently seeking volunteers for Historic Fort Snelling field trip season, mid-April through mid-June. Apply now!


Make museums fun

museum assistant and visitorsLearn about exhibits and then share that information with visitors of all ages. Join the team of museum assistants who facilitate hands-on learning activities for young visitors.

Four-hour shifts. One weekday shift each week for six months, or two weekend shifts per month for a year. This is an active, on-your-feet role in a high energy environment.

Currently filled to capacity. Please check again.


Procedure manuals, data bases and filing--oh my!

Volunteer filing photographsGet behind-the-scenes scoops on the Minnesota Historical Society activities by managing the flow of information and documentation.

Required: Expert organizer, speed, accuracy and attention to detail. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel and keyboarding skills of 30+ wpm a plus.

Volunteers receive an insider view of the Minnesota Historical Society, training and skill-building. Individualized training provided.

Currently filled to capacity. Please check again.


Maintain displays and provide great service

museum store volunteer assisting customer

Provide excellent customer service to shoppers in the midst of hundreds of intriguing items. Restock and maintain displays or bag purchases.

Store volunteers work 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. one day per week on weekdays or weekends. Volunteers receive discounts on their purchases!

Currently filled to capacity. Please check again.


Volunteer from home

volunteer at computer

Use your data entry skills to assist program staff with the compilation of evaluation data to aid future program planning.

Enter information from hard copies into a web-based program while working from home.

Two - ten hours per month depending on program need. One year commitment preferred. You must have access to a computer and an Internet connection.

Currently filled to capacity. Please check again.


Make first and lasting impressions

coat check volunteers

If you enjoy chatting with the public, this is the spot for you!

Volunteers corral coats, mittens and hats, and generate revenue to support Society programs. As a coat check volunteer, you have the first opportunity to make visitors feel welcome and the last opportunity to invite them to return. First impressions are lasting impressions!

Volunteers are needed for weekday and/or weekend shifts during the busy holiday season. Flexible schedules are available and training are provided.

Must be friendly, organized and able to make change. Previous customer service experience a plus!

Currently filled to capacity. Please check again.


Go to Mill City Museum and other Historic Sites opportunities


More Volunteer Opportunities

Can't find the right volunteer opportunity at the Minnesota Historical Society? Try contacting HandsOn Twin Cities, a central source for volunteerism.