The Museum's Oral History Program would not be a success without the dedication of a small group of wonderful volunteers who help us. Behind the scenes is an involved process to gather and process interviews, starting before the interview itself with background research and developing questions. Afterwards, someone goes through the tape and makes a word-by-word transcript—a long but critical step.
Volunteering in the Oral History Program is a great opportunity for individuals with prior office experience and/or those who are uncomfortable leading tours or working in the galleries as a docent. It is also very rewarding knowing that you are helping preserve history and heritage that would otherwise be lost.
We train volunteers in the following positions:
The Oral History Program provides all equipment needed for any of these jobs, including a separate computer workstation for OHP volunteers working on abstracts or transcripts. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an oral history volunteer, please contact the Museum's Volunteer Coordinator.