Current Volunteer Opportunities

As an all-volunteer organization, the Western Springs Historical Society relies on a team of  dedicated volunteers to help with a variety of tasks. Most require three hours per week or less and days/hours can be adjusted to fit your schedule.

Below is a list of current positions. Regardless of your skills, interests, or work status (homemaker, retiree, or wage earner) we have a spot for you! If interested, please call 246-1896 and leave us a message or fill out our Volunteer Application and either mail it to us or drop it off at the Archives.

Community Outreach Volunteers

Are you a teacher or someone who  enjoys working with the public? Do you have experience speaking to groups? Why not join our team of volunteer docents & presenters? We will train you! We are looking for people to:

  • Host guests at the Water Tower Museum
  • Act as a third grade history program guide
  • Lead private tours of the Water Tower and Ekdahl House museums
  • Give presentations to groups on various subjects related to WS history
  • Help create programs for both adults and children

Graphic Artists & Designers

Are you interested in design?  Donate your talents to help the Historical Society design:

  • New museum exhibits
  • Promotional materials
  • Publications

Tech Support    

Do have an IT background and enjoy working with computers? The Historical Society is looking for people with computer expertise to:

  • Improve on and maintain our web site
  • Organize data bases for our collections
  • Develop on-line apps for users

Writers      

Do you like to write? Consider volunteering to help create written materials for the Historical Society. We are looking for people to help with:

  • Press Releases
  • Text for museum exhibits
  • Web site content
  • Semi-annual newsletter
  • Publications
  • Presentations on WS History

Archivists & Researchers                                                                                                                  

Enjoy history? Wonder what interesting tidbits are lurking in the Archives? Come find out! We are looking for volunteers to:

  • Archive slides and photographs
  • Photocopy clippings
  • Index/clip newspapers
  • Organize existing files
  • Research special presentations or assist with research requests (genealogies, house histories, etc.)
  • Interview long time residents
  • Manage collections

Gardeners and Handy(wo)men

Do you have a green thumb? Are you handy around the house? We are looking for people interested in donating their time to help maintain & improve our facilities:

  • Semi-annual clean-up of Ekdahl House grounds
  • Interior painting
  • Minor repairs and maintenance
  • Exhibit set up and tear down

Photographers 

Shutterbugs (both professional and amateur) are invited to help the Society:

  • Photograph events for publication in web site, newsletter, etc.
  • Help with ongoing photo documentation projects
  • Digitize photos & documents

Event Planners     

Do you like to host parties? Enjoy working with the public? Consider helping the Society organize fundraisers and community outreach events. We are looking for people interested in helping:

  • Plan events
  • Recruit, organize and train volunteers
  • Distribute posters and flyers
  • Help with set up, running, and tear down of events
  • Coordinating refreshments for events