How do I become a volunteer?
If you would like to volunteer for the Lakeshore Museum Center please fill out the Volunteer Application and return in the Main Museum at 430 W. Clay Avenue. At that time we will need a copy of your driver’s license or state ID.
The Lakeshore Museum Center offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that are sure to meet everyone's area of interest. Individualized training and supervision are provided for all volunteers by staff. Volunteering at the Museum is not only fun, but also rewarding. With volunteers we are able to serve thousands of school children and the general public each year. Just look over our offerings, make your selection, and we'll get you started right away!
Volunteers are needed to assist in the research of artifacts and cataloging of archival materials that include newspaper clippings, books, photographs and diaries. The time commitment is very flexible.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the inventory and cataloging of three dimensional items ranging from farm equipment to clothing and more. The time commitment is very flexible.
Education (Programs & Tours)
Docents (tour guides) in the Education Department lead tours and teach classes of scheduled school groups. The topics include science and history such as Lumbering, Pioneer Living and Nature's Food Webs. Time requirement is based upon the volunteer's schedule and training is provided on an individual basis. The Museum offers a great Summer Day Camp for children 6-11 years old. This two-week camp is a great opportunity for youth volunteers 16 years and older.
Hackley & Hume Historic Site, Fire Barn Museum, and Scolnik House of the Depression Era
The Historic Sites need volunteers to assist with public and school tours. Training is required and provided for all tour guides at the Site. The Sites offer tours to groups of 10 or more April - December. The general public may visit the Sites during our Open House hours May - October and then again during the holiday season. The Historic Sites are always looking for people to assist with research too. Volunteers are asked to commit at least 20 hours annually.
At the Hackley and Hume Historic Site volunteers guide public tours, group tours, and school tours through both houses. At the Scolnik House of the Depression Era volunteers discuss the period from 1929 to 1939 and its effects on the nation’s economy and Muskegon area residents. At Fire Barn Museum volunteers greet the visitors and give a brief description of the building and artifacts.
*Ability to climb multiple flights of stairs is required at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site.
Volunteers are needed to assist with special events such as exhibit openings and receptions. Volunteers will find themselves assisting with invitation mailings, refreshment preparation, decorating and greeting guests.
For more information call (231) 722-7578 or Email Melissa!