Living History Society

This society is made up of volunteers and part-time history staff at Midway Village Museum that are interested in learning how to talk about history to visitors and students during special events and school programs.

All meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month between 5 pm – 7 pm in the Village Hotel. If there is a snow or ice storm the meeting will be cancelled. If you are in doubt, please contact the museum educator at 815-397-9112 ext. 106 before you plan to attend.

 

Midway Village and Museum Education Costumed Living History Volunteer Position Descriptions

­Special Event Greeters

This position is perfect for those who want to be involved but do not have a lot of time to devote, or have other commitments during the work week. Volunteer Costumed Special Events Greeters greet our guests at the gates of various special events throughout the year. Their role is to hand out maps, orient visitors to the site, and most importantly set the scene for what the visitor will experience once inside the events. This tone is set through historical costume worn by the volunteers.

The training required for this position includes a two hour site orientation and tour with a member of our staff. All costuming is provided and cared for by the museum. Prior to each event, there will be a time set for costume fittings and to learn the event specifics that volunteers will need to be able to tell visitors. This information can also be distributed in written form if attendance at meeting is not possible.

Volunteers can work either half day or full day shifts, though fill day shifts are encouraged. For full day volunteers, a lunch or a break for lunch will be provided for volunteers depending on the event.

Requirements:

Friendly and Welcoming

Weekend Availability a must

Able to comfortably talk to strangers and answer questions

Ability to learn and relay information about Midway Village and its events

Ability to stand for extended periods of time outside

 

Special Events Lead Greeter

The Lead Greeter is in charge of the gate at which they are stationed. This means that they welcome visitors, point them to the bag check security location, and then to the greeters giving the maps. The lead greeter is the liaison between the gate at which they are stationed, the admissions volunteers, security staff, and event staff via radio. They contact staff if their gate needs more maps, has a security or medical issue, or anything else that may require staff response. They are also in charge of shutting the gate and not allowing any one in or out in the event of a “code Adam” (lost child).

Additional training for this position includes attendance at a safety procedures meeting held occasionally throughout the year.

Requirements:

Knowledge of Midway Village and its events

Must have worked as a greeter at a minimum of 3 events

Comfortable relaying information via radio

Ability to assess a situation and contact the correct staff

Friendly and Welcoming

Weekend Availability a must

Able to comfortably talk to strangers and answer questions

Ability to stand for extended periods of time outside

 

 Special Event Assistant

The role of the Costumed Special Events Assistants is to assist our education staff in the execution of historical activities and crafts during our various special events throughout the year.  Each assistant is paired with a staff member who leads a variety of different activities throughout the events.  This may mean being an extra set of hands for a craft project or games, assisting in the demonstration of an activity, assisting in line control and helping to keep things moving, or simply keeping time and giving people directions to the next activity.

The training required for this position includes a two hour site orientation and tour with a member of our staff. All costuming is provided and cared for by the museum. Prior to each event, there will be a time set for costume fittings and to learn the event specifics that volunteers will need to be able to tell visitors. This information can also be distributed in written form if attendance at meeting is not possible.

Volunteers can work either half day or full day shifts, though full day shifts are encouraged. For full day volunteers, a lunch or a break for lunch will be provided for volunteers depending on the event.

Requirements:

Friendly and Welcoming

Weekend Availability a must

Able to comfortably talk to strangers and answer questions

Ability to learn and relay information about Midway Village and its events

Ability to stand for extended periods of time outside

 

Special Events Living History Lead Volunteer

The role of a living history lead volunteer is to independently present activities or lesson plans to groups throughout the year at our various special events. This position may be charged with leading an activity, game or craft at an event.  It is appreciated and encouraged if leads can work the entire event day shift. Depending on the event, lunch is sometimes provided.

 

Prior to the event each Special Events Living History Lead Volunteer receives lesson plans and directions for their assigned station from the Education staff.  This position requires the ability to take those lesson plans and present them to the public at the events.  Interpreters are also required to attend a meeting, usually set on the 2nd Wednesday of the month prior to the event, to receive further instruction from the staff. If you are unable to attend this meeting, it is encouraged to make direct contact with the Special Events Coordinator via email or phone to discuss the plan and the event.

 

Requirements

Spend at least 2 events as a Costumed Special Event Assistant or equivalent previous experience

Willingness and ability to communicate via email

Excellent Communication skills

Experience presenting before a group

Background knowledge in history a plus

Friendly and Welcoming

Weekend Availability a must, daily availability during the first week of May appreciated

Able to comfortably talk to strangers and answer questions

Ability to learn and relay information about Midway Village and its events

 

For more information please contact

Caitlin Treece, Museum Educator

Caitlin.treece@midwayvillage.com

815-397-9112 ex. 106

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