About Our Volunteer Opportunities | Wisconsin Historical Society

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About Our Volunteer Opportunities

About Our Volunteer Opportunities | Wisconsin Historical Society
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National History Day Student Interview

Madison, Wisconsin.

Our volunteers make a difference. They help us collect, preserve and share Wisconsin's stories.

There are many opportunities to volunteer in a variety of capacities to suit any interest or skill level. By volunteering your time, you'll meet interesting people, have fun and help us tell the story of Wisconsin while learning more about our state's colorful past.

Library and Archives

Dozens of volunteers work several hours each week around the library helping visitors, preparing materials for microfilming, researching genealogical queries and other essential tasks.

The Collections division is currently reevaluating its volunteer program, and unfortunately at this time we cannot hire new volunteers. However, you can still help the Historical Society as a volunteer. We have crowdsource transcription projects available at: https://fromthepage.com/wiscribes. You do not need to undergo any formal process to participate in these projects, and your help will make the digitized materials in our collections more accessible to audiences anywhere. 

Museum Archaeology Program (MAP)

Volunteers may help Museum Archaeology Program staff with a variety of tasks depending upon an individual’s interests, experience, abilities, availability and program needs.

In the past, volunteers have:

  • Assisted with washing, labeling, packaging and inventorying archaeological collections.
  • Created illustrations for the Museum Archaeology Program’s publications.
  • Assisted archaeologists with archaeological research.
  • Entered data describing the archaeological collections and related documentation.

To find out if the Museum Archaeology Program has any volunteer projects available at this time, please contact:

Jason Kennedy, MAP Director

National History Day

Judges and volunteers are needed at all levels of History Day competition. Judges - historians, educators, and other specialists - evaluate the students' entries and provide both the positive and the constructive feedback that is essential to the learning process. Volunteers are critical to maintaining a smoothly running event.

Learn more about Volunteering for National History Day.

Museums and Historic Sites

Our Museums and Historic Sites offer exciting volunteer opportunities around the state. Many are hands-on positions in which volunteers interact with visitors.

For more information, click on a location below.

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Have Questions?

For general queries about employment or volunteer opportunities, please contact Dawn Garcia by email below: