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Volunteer Recognition

Volunteers on trip to Dassel, MN


There are many ways we recognize volunteers at the Society, including an annual recognition event, trips to historic sites and special educational opportunities. But, there is more to recognition than parties and events.

  • Opportunties for growth and development include free admission to special exhibit previews, tours, discounts and classes.
  • Active volunteers receive free parking and pro-rated bus passes.
  • You will be given a nametag to wear while on assignment.
  • New volunteers are invited to our Mission People and Places orientation session.
  • The staff lounge on Level 1 at the History Center (next to Cafe Minnesota) is available to volunteers while they are on assignment. This is a place where volunteers can take a break or have a cup of coffee. Break areas at historic sites will be designated by staff.
  • Active volunteers will be invited to recognition events and special programs.
  • Receive a personal perk of a 20 percent discount at Café Minnesota on your purchases on the day of your volunteer shift. Remember to show your volunteer nametag before the cashier rings up your purchase.
  • A 10% discount in the Museum Stores.

Volunteers who contribute 50+ hours of service in a calendar year will receive a volunteer ID card in December. The card will be valid for the calendar year and expire on December 31.

The ID card entitles volunteers to a household pass for free admission to historic sites. For all programs and events charging more than the regular admission rate, a special discount rate may be given to volunteers. Contact specific sites for details.


Staff comments about our volunteers

"I would just say that I have never met such enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers at any organization I have worked at. Our volunteers are of a caliber all their own." Membership staff

"Since moving to Mill City Museum, my circle of volunteer contacts has expanded, and with it the admiration of the people who donate their time to MHS. There are too many to single out, but volunteers are the first impression people have of the museum, they help run our programs, and they educate visitors and help train our staff. Simply put, volunteers are among my most treasured colleagues of the last decade." Mill City Museum staff

"Volunteers bring passion and a deep understanding that complements staff specialists on specific, one-time, complicated projects to help better preserve history for the people of Minnesota." Historic Preservation staff