Founded in 1954, The New London Historical Society (NLHS) has been supported by the effort of countless volunteers over the past 70+ years. The success of our organization is due to the support of many talented and dedicated people. We are always pleased to welcome new volunteers--year-round! We are thrilled that some volunteers are able to give a weekly commitment--but we appreciate all help, even if you don't have lots of time to share.
What do I have to do?
The range of tasks and responsibilities is quite comprehensive, and we are sure to have an interesting position for all ages and aptitudes. You can choose from working behind the scenes with the Village maintenance crew, to greeting guests who visit the Village. Or, perhaps you would like to lead a group of children in games or crafts. It could even be that an office environment calls to your particular skill set. In any case, we welcome any and all gifts of time and resources.
Perks of the Job:
When you volunteer at NLHS you can expect to have a great sense of appreciation for supporting the mission of the organization, learning interesting facts about local history, and becoming acquainted with the NLHS collections. As a bonus, you meet wonderful people from your community and afar, and you enjoy the rewards of accomplishment. Oh, and by the way, we also have a lot of FUN!
If you enjoy talking to people and sharing your knowledge of the Village and our collections, being a Village Guide is the job for you. We have a comprehensive handbook that has detailed descriptions of each building with information you will need if you wish to give Village tours. We also provide orientation with an experienced person to help you get acclimated.
Because the Village is open from 1 - 4 pm every Saturday from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, we also require a Greeter to meet visitors and collect admissions.
The main qualification for both of these jobs is enthusiasm for the Village, and the desire to get other people interested in local history.
Your commitment can be flexible. Choose the dates you are able to serve, and we will build your schedule around your personal commitments.
Here are a few examples of areas where we need volunteer skills and energy:
General Interpretor for Living Museum
Demonstrator of period craft or trade
Holiday Open House
Silent Auction Chair/Attendant
Fundraising and Events