Volunteer Opportunities

Living History Volunteers

Ways to Participate!

Volunteers help in many, many ways at the museum. Here is a list of how you may want to assist us in providing history education and preservation to our community.

Living History Volunteers

Join this elite group of volunteers who belong to our Living History Society, these volunteers bring history alive by dressing in period clothing and interpreting life as it was in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In addition to our adult program, we also have a Jr. Interpreter program for children…

Junior Interpreter Program

Due to the current situation Midway Village is not accepting new Junior interpreters in 2021. If you are interested in participating as living history volunteers as a family, please contact our educator, Kendall Clair, at kendall.clair@midwayvillage.com or 815-397-9112 x 106. We hope to resume the program in Spring of 2022.

This unique program is geared for ages 10 – 18 and is an excellent opportunity to discover the past while helping in the present.

Midway Junior InterpretersDuring special events, Junior Interpreters help bring the Victorian Village to life by costumed interaction as Village youth. Junior Interpreters will have opportunities to dress in Civil War era clothing during our Civil War Hands-On History School Days program in May, 1900 era clothing during our summer and fall special events and 1940’s era clothing for our World War II Days event in late September. Whether you’re interested in acting or history this is a great way to become involved.

Please email Holly at midwayjunior@gmail.com to find our next meeting date. During first meetings, all juniors will fill out an application. Parents must attend this first meeting. There is also a fee for each applicant, which goes towards costuming and supplies.

Operations Support

Volunteers are always needed to help with special projects such as data entry, sewing, preparing supplies, delivering posters, or assisting Marketing with surveys or manning information booths.

Special Events

Provide support at special events. Duties include greeting visitors, selling tickets, and assisting at the Front Desk during events.

Village Beautification

Help with landscaping, decorating the village, or help our Garden Historian maintain our beautiful gardens.

Wednesday Volunteers

Join us on Wednesday mornings for a brief meeting, followed by a morning work session in our Collections Dept, Textiles Department, or Workshop.

Apply online or download our Volunteer Application →

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