South Portland Historical Society offers its museum, and other programs and services, thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers. We are very proud of our volunteers and the good work that they do in our community! If you like what we do and would like to consider volunteering for the historical society in some way, please contact us at 767-7299 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of our volunteers help out for a three hour shift each week, others help out once a year at a special event. No matter how much or little time you have available to volunteer, we could use your help! Here is a sampling of volunteer opportunities at our historical society:
Docent/museum guide: Our docents are a special group of trained volunteers who give museum tours and interpret our exhibits for visitors. If you like talking and sharing information with people, if you enjoy learning, and if you have an appreciation for local, American and/or maritime history, that’s the best start to becoming a great museum docent. We will provide all the training you would need to become an excellent docent at our museum. You will meet people from all over the world who come to Maine and visit local museums, as well as people from South Portland and Greater Portland who have an appreciation for local history.
Shopkeepers: The gift shop at our museum is an important source of funding. We know that offering free admission to the museum is the best way to encourage people to come through our doors and learn about our community’s history, and the gift shop helps us to do that. Like our museum docents, our shopkeepers also get a chance to meet and talk with people from all over the world. Our shopkeepers also accept donations of artifacts/materials on behalf of the historical society, answer questions from visitors and callers, and other activities. No prior experience is necessary; we will provide training.
Walking tour guides: As our historical society grows, we will offer additional walking tours of the local area and give cemetery tours. Please let us know if you have an interest in giving walking tours.
Programs: South Portland Historical Society offers a series of educational programs throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to help plan for upcoming programs, and help with set up and clean up for the programs.
Special Events: The Bug Light Kite Festival, the 4th of July Festival, and the Bug Light 5K are all examples of annual events that are not only a lot of fun, but also need a lot of volunteers to make happen! From flipping burgers at a barbecue, scooping ice cream, offering face painting to kids, to helping runners register for the 5K, there are limitless opportunities to help.