2018 volunteering

Volunteer Opportunities with Yamhill County Historical Society To find out about volunteering with the YCHS visit either of our museums during open hours. At the heritage center, ask for Cliff, Tony or Raylinda. or contact Dave Rucker at volunteercoordinator@yamhillcountyhistory.org. You may also visit our website volunteer page for a volunteer application. You may also visit our website volunteer page for a volunteer application.

 

LAFAYETTE MILLER MUSEUM Museum Volunteers: Any shift between the hours of 10am and 4pm on days of operation — each Wednesday, Friday or Saturday. Duties may include opening the log cabin and Poling Church to the public, give tours of the facilities and artifacts, help guests look for historic documents and family records, tend to the library, and/ or help with YCHS administration. This is a fun and rewarding position working with a great team of Society friends and members. POLLING CHURCH “Save the Church.” Extensive work is needed to preserve this historical church, owned and operated by the YCHS in Lafayette. Duties may include contacting engineers for preservation cost estimate, safety standards, and other options for this historic landmark. Engineering background is helpful but not required. YAMHILL VALLEY HERITAGE CENTER Museum Hosts and Docents: Our museum in McMinnville is open to the public and free of charge. Docents, Hosts, or Greeters are needed to keep the museum open, greet guests from across the country, and provide a warm Yamhill County welcome to all. Any shift between the hours of 10am and 4pm on days of operation — each Wednesday, Friday or Saturday.

 

Experience with Yamhill County history and agriculture is helpful but not mandatory. We are looking for folks that like to talk to others about anything Yamhill County and share our history and heritage. Teams of two make it even more fun. Event Support: The Heritage Center has event space for rent for awards dinners, public and private meetings and birthdays. Volunteers set up tables and chairs, AV, and before the event and are on site during the event for any assistance needed. Days and hours are scheduled according to group rental events but volunteers are notified weeks and months in advance of event date. Artifacts and Accessions: Accessions volunteers are needed each Wednesday between the hours of 10 and 4pm. Estimate value of donated items and equipment. Clean, polish and prepare donations for restoration or display. Care for artifacts and equipment on display. Restoration and Maintenance: Restore neglected artifacts and equipment to exhibit quality standard. Clean and maintain museum facilities, showroom floor, exhibit hall and grounds. Artifact and display restoration may include smaller items such as quilts, clothing, toys, horse tack, dairy and lumber industry clothing and tools.

 

Equipment restoration will include tear down of large agricultural machinery, replacement of parts, painting, and return to working order. Yamhill County Historical Societies and Museums Coalition Chairperson: Volunteers needed to help build the coalition of Yamhill County Museum volunteers and staff to further our education and preservation mission statement. • Communicate with Historical Societies of Sheridan, Willamina, Dayton etc through group meetings, museum tours and collaboration. • Share exhibit space, volunteers, literature, speakers and programs. • Lead Coalition of Historical Society meeting once per month at the Heritage Center. YCHS Merchandise Committee Members: • Inventory and order established YCHS merchandise, tshirts, stickers, mugs, hats, etc for our YCHS gift shop. • Set up our Mercantile and gift shop during YCHS events. • Sell YCHS merchandise, sign up new society members and volunteers, and distribute YCHS literature at events such as Harvest Fest and Vintage Baseball games.

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