Historic Resources and Museums Volunteer Opportunities


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You can support your local museums and historic sites by becoming a volunteer. No matter your strengths and talents, there is something for everyone. Some of the activities volunteers can help with are research, tours, special events, and more. The Historic Resources and Museum Program could not survive without all the talented volunteers that donate their time so selflessly. For more information, please email the contact listed below by location.

Borden Building and Fletcher Amphitheater

Front of Borden Building at Fletcher Park

Borden Building at Fletcher Park

Contact: Joshua Ingersoll

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Special events as needed

City of Raleigh Museum

This is the Briggs Hardware building which is home to the City of Raleigh Museum.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Contact: Ainsley Powell 

  • Collections: Volunteers interested in working with the COR Museum collection of artifacts should choose this pathway. With the aid of the HRM Program Collection staff, volunteers help research and catalog artifacts in the museum's collections. This pathway requires almost no public interaction or time on your feet.

Contact: Ernest Dollar 

  • Special Programming: Throughout the year, the COR Museum offers special tours and programs, as well as school group tours. Volunteers interested in working with the public, especially school children K-12, should choose this pathway. Special programming includes thematic walking tours, educational programming, the Raleigh Reads book club, and other tours and group meetings. In general this pathway includes a lot of time on your feet and interaction with the public.
  • Special Events: Volunteers interested in helping with special events at the museum should choose this pathway. Though the museum hosts several special events throughout the year, this pathway requires fewer regular hours of commitment. It does require interaction with the public and some time on your feet.
  • Research: Volunteers interested in researching Raleigh's history should choose the research pathway. Research topics vary: architectural history, African American history, women's history, political history- research will be used for exhibits, special tours, education programs, events, or media features. This pathway requires little public interaction or work on your feet.

Historic Raleigh Trolley

Raleigh trolley outside of the Mordecai Historic Park

Contact: Joshua Ingersoll

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • School Field Trips: Almost 10,000 students visit Mordecai Historic Park every year. Many schools select to have a trolley tour as part of their field trip experience.  Join us in our mission to educate students about how life has changed over time.
  • Special Events: The Haunted Trolley and Santa's trolley are just a couple of the trolley's special tours. You can lend a hand making these trips memorable for trolley patrons.

Latta House and University Site

View of the Latta House and University site during an event

Contact: Douglas Porter

No current volunteer opportunities at this time.

Moore Square

A view of part of the open lawn at Moore Square with the city buildings in the background

Contacts: Jenna Kostka and Amanda Fletcher

Current Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Moore Square Historical Guide - Moore Square’s history dates all the way back to Raleigh’s roots. Help share Raleigh’s story and engage our visitors as a historical tour guide. Tours dates and times are scheduled on a monthly basis. Due to the training necessary to become a tour guide for the Square, we ask that this opportunity be reserved for volunteers able to dedicate at least four hours per month and are at least 18 years of age. Hours for this event are to be determined.

Mordecai Historic Park

Mordecai

Contacts: Joshua Ingersoll and Celeste Purvis

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Docent Program: This program offers training in local and site-specific history. Volunteers then conduct guided tours of the Mordecai House and outbuildings.
  • School Field Trips: Almost 10,000 students visit Mordecai Historic Park every year. Join us in our mission to educate students about how life has changed over time.
  • Special Events: Several large events are held each year that highlight the history and offerings of Mordecai. Haunted Mordecai and Santa's Trolley are two of our most popular events. Volunteers are needed to assist with a range of activities including special guided tours, crafts, and games.
  • Grounds Beautification: There are always projects that need to be done on the grounds and gardens. Volunteers help keep Mordecai looking its best.

Pope House Museum

View of the exterior of the historic Pope House

Contacts: Ernest Dollar and Megan Raby

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Special Programs: Volunteers are trained to lead guided tours of the house on Saturdays. In general, this pathway includes a lot of time on your feet and interaction with the public.

 

Pullen Park

View of man made pond and bridge at Pullen Park

View of man-made pond and bridge at Pullen Park in Raleigh. 

Contacts: Scott Mott and Allora Spruill 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Historic Walking Tour Guide: help deliver the story of Pullen Park, including such unique facts about the former zoo, as well as the details behind Raleigh’s first public swimming pool.   Interested candidates should be outgoing, energetic and well spoken. Memorization of a loose script is suggested, but not required. Dates and times will be discussed with the Program Manager, but a consistent weekly commitment is required.   
  • Special Events: be on the lookout for our volunteer needs for our special events large and small. Our biggest needs for events are centered around Holiday Express (December), Letterland Day (April), Egg Hunts, and Halloween. These large scale events are great ways for groups or individuals to give back and also do some team building at the same time. 
  • Park Clean Up: Our Parks division hosts regular opportunities to help clean up Pullen Park.   
  • Unique Programming Opportunities: Do you have a unique business or talent that you feel would entertain the guests at Pullen Park and the John Chavis Memorial Park Carousel? Are you a DJ and want to spin a few records? Have you mastered the art of balloon twisting?  Do you have a knack for making giant bubbles? Do you have a passion for art? We are open to all ideas for volunteer opportunities, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with a way you feel you might be able to contribute. We will do our best to bring you on board as part of the team.

Tucker House

Exterior view of the Tucker House

Contact: Douglas Porter

No current volunteer opportunities at this time.

    Membership

    As a member, you will help revitalize and preserve Raleigh’s history. You will also enjoy cross program perks at the City of Raleigh Museum, The Raleigh Trolley, Mordecai Historic Park, Borden, Tucker, Moore Square, Pope House Museum, and Pullen Park.

    There are many perks:

    • Free admission to select site and museum events
    • Free admission for select tours
    • Free admission to select lectures
    • Free admission to Mordecai Historic Park
    • 10% gift shop discount at COR Museum, Moore Square, Mordecai, and Pullen Park
    • 10% discount on all site rentals
    • The Raleigh Register Program Newsletter

    You can join the COR Museum Friends Group or the Mordecai Square Association; perks convey to each.

     

    Benefits

    As a benefit to volunteering for the Historic Resources and Museums Program, volunteers are offered a 10% gift shop discount and free admission to special events and lectures offered at their volunteering location. Additionally, an Annual Volunteer Banquet is held to honor volunteers and their families.

     

    Contact

     

    Troy Burton, Historic Resources and Museum Program Administrator

    Lead Department:
    Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
    Service Categories:
    Parks Programs

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