Beltrami County Historical Society

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The mission of the Beltrami County Historical Society is to provide connections to county history through public archives, collections, interpretive exhibits, and programs that educate, invite dialogue, and inspire self-reflection. 

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BROWSE THROUGH THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES BELOW:

History Museum Gift Shop Attendant

Hours:    
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday, 4pm – 6pm
Plan Ahead for Fall!  Volunteer needed starting August 17 from 10am – 12pm

Description:
Support the History Museum by volunteering as Evening Gift Shop Attendant!  After (a little!) training, you’ll process admissions to the museum and gift shop sales and provide general guidance for museum guests.  We appreciate your support, even if you’re only able to work one day a week.

History Research Assistant

Available Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm (offsite/remote also available)

Description:
Do you like historic research?  Do you like solving mysteries?  Volunteer as a Researcher at the History Center and put those skills to work!  We regularly receive research questions about family ancestry, home and business history, and area historic sites.  Use our resources and the Internet to help answer questions and further our community knowledge. 

Skills/Experience Needed:
Some experience in Internet and/or ancestral research.

Museum Artifact Inventory Assistant

Available Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm

Description:
Do you love caring for delicate objects and learning more about their history?  Join us at the History Center and assist with the inventory of our Morrison Native American Collection, which includes hundreds of artifacts. We’ll train you on the step-by-step inventory process, and then you’ll be matched with a partner for the work!

Skills/Experience Needed:
Some computer use helpful but not necessary.

Write for the Historical Society

Available Hours:
Anytime (remote); Historical Society open for research & computer access Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm

Description:
The Historical Society seeks writers of all ages interested in writing pieces for our social media, blog, newsletter, and (new!) community journal.  Topics must relate to Beltrami County History.  Training workshops and recordings will be available to writers to learn about our writing opportunities and style expectations.

First in-person training: June 18, 1:00pm at Beltrami County History Center

On-Call Event Setup/Teardown Assistance

Available Hours:
Vary – but you’ll receive notice!

Description:
The Historical Society occasionally needs assistance setting up and breaking down chairs for programs and events.  Volunteers will be added to a call sheet.  If available, volunteers will be asked to set up and/or take down chairs, tables, and/or other equipment for programs and events.

Social Media Champion/Influencer for the Historical Society

Available Hours: Anytime (remote); Historical Society open for research & computer access Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm

Description:
The Historical Society seeks Facebook and Instagram users interested in helping us spread the virtual word about the Historical Society.  Use our photographs and archives to create engaging social media posts that highlight our collections, exhibits, services, programs, gift shop, and membership and donation opportunities. 

Memory Collection Volunteer during the All School Reunion

Dates:
Pick Your Shift(s) Thursday – Saturday, July 25-27, 10am – 6pm

Description:
Beltrami County Historical Society is collecting photographs (and their stories) during All School Reunion weekend, July 25-27.  Memory Collection Volunteers will be assigned to sign in visitors, assist with paperwork completion, scan photographs, and/or collect photograph stories.  

Training will be provided for each role before the beginning of the event.

Pioneer Building Cleanup at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds

Date:
Wednesday, August 24

Description:
Help us prepare the Doud Cabin and Sunnyside School buildings for the Beltrami County Fair!  Tasks include dusting, mopping, wiping down walls, windows, and doors, and preparing artifacts for the Fair.

Pioneer Buildings Attendant/Guide at the Beltrami County Fair

Dates:
Pick Your Shift(s) Thursday – Sunday,  August 25-28, 12-4pm or 4pm-8pm

Description:
Support the Historical Society as an attendant/guide at the Beltrami County Fair at the Doud Cabin and/or Sunnyside School buildings. Responsibilities include providing general information about the buildings (provided to you), encouraging visitors to sign guestbooks and participate in activities (scavenger hunt, games, demonstrations, programs), and processing souvenir/book sales and donations.

Training will be provided ahead of your shift(s).  

Depot Cleanup Day

Date:
Friday, June 24, 2-4pm and Saturday, June 25, 7 – 11am

Description:  
Help us clean up our Depot!  Projects will include grounds cleanup, bed weeding (and potentially planting), painting our Meeting Room, moving/putting away artifacts, setting up a tent and chairs, and more!  We’ll have projects suitable for individuals and groups of all ages!

Shelf Installation Assistance!

Dates:
August 22 – 30

Description:
Beltrami County Historical Society received a generous donation of a condensed shelving unit from Sanford Health, and we’ll use this time to move the boxes and old shelves, install the new shelves, and then re-organize our boxes into the space. Volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 30 lb.

This is a great project for businesses/teams seeking volunteering!