Love history AND getting your hands dirty? On the first weekend of November we celebrate the historic emancipation of enslaved African Americans in Maryland. Join us at the Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park to help with living history, archaeology hands-on activities, crafts, and old-fashioned games for children.Click on Job Details to find out more and to sign up! Come out and help Bring History to Life! Click on the Schedule Tab to sign-up.(Students can earn SSL hours also!)
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)
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The first weekend of November commemorates the day in 1864 when Maryland freed all enslaved people within its boundaries. County-wide, there are several events this weekend, including tours of the Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center. We need help to introduce visitors to the Cabin, the home of a landowning African American family during the late 1800s. Volunteers will help with fire tending, simple crafts and demonstrating typical homesteading activities. Volunteers can choose to serve one or both afternoons as listed. Please join us! **Volunteers 14 & 15 years old must volunteer with a parent**
Volunteer Type: Adult, Student Service Learning
Enjoy meeting new people and sharing your love of history? Bring history to life as a Henson Ambassador!Travel around the region introducing audiences to the Rev. Josiah Henson and his extraordinary journey from slavery to freedom. Share upcoming plans for the new Josiah Henson Museum opening in 2020. Learn all about Rev. Henson and the Museum project in our free training classes.
Background check required: Yes
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
Want to share your love of history? Become a tour guide at the historic one-room Kingsley Schoolhouse in Little Bennett Regional Park. The school is furnished as it was in the 1920s in a beautiful rural setting. Help visitors learn what school was like in the past! The schoolhouse is open the first Sunday of each month, April through October.FREE training provided.
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
The Agricultural History Farm Park is seeking those with a love of history to share their time and talents in telling the story of Montgomery County's rich agricultural and cultural heritage! Living history interpreter docents will help visitors connect to the history of the Farm by:- Inviting visitors into our 1908 Farmhouse - Leading visitors on tours of the house and surrounding grounds- Providing historical information in a meaningful and knowledgeable manner- Wearing historical costumes that will help visitors further understand the customs and culture of the early 20th centuryLiving history interpreter docents must complete 16 hours of non-costumed shadowing and on-site training before working independently. Hours available weekends and weekdays. Some scheduled hours may require work with special programs and school groups. This position requires long periods of standing, sitting, walking, and working in a variety of weather conditions.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks), Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
Step back in time to share your passion for history with visitors of all ages. Bring history to life as an Oakley Cabin tour guide. Learn about the lives of Oakley Cabin's African American community following the end of the Civil War and Emancipation. Learn how to make historic toys and crafts, 19th century folk remedies and other living history demonstrations. FREE training provided. Click on Job Details and Duties and Requirements to get more information.
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
Love the outdoors? Enjoy meeting new people and sharing your love of history? Become a part of history! Learn to become a volunteer conductor and lead groups along a simulated Underground Railroad experience hike through fields, woods and across streams to the historic Sandy Spring. Learn various techniques that people escaping slavery would have used to elude pursuers, find water and food, and find their way. Learn about the history of the Underground Railroad both locally and in the U.S. and fascinating true stories of perils, escapes and captures. FREE training available. SSL hours are also available for students who complete training and are able to provide a minimum number of hikes throughout the year. [Pre-registration for training is required. Walk-ins will not be accepted.]
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Lead groups on guided tour of the Woodlawn Museum and other historic buildings of Woodlawn Manor, a 19th century plantation. Share information about the Plamer family that owned the property for nearly a century and its other residents. Learn about the history of local Quaker, free and enslaved communities as well as local agricultural practices. Volunteers may also be called upon to lead hands-on activities during special programs.If you have a love of history, enjoy working with the public and admire beautiful scenery this will be a great volunteer opportunity for you!This position is SSL approved. The barn is currenly only open on Saturdays and Sundays.