By Bridget Wallace, volunteer services coordinator, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.
Have you ever wanted to portray historical characters, help preserve museum collections or lend a hand in beautifying the grounds and gardens of historic places? If so, the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Volunteer Program is your place to make a difference in Delaware history.
Volunteers of every age and background are needed at division museums and historic sites across the state. Volunteer activities run the whole gamut from highly skilled tasks such as artifact conservation, to service as museum docents, to simple clerical activities. Whether you’re looking to gain experience, learn something new, share your skills or just give back to your community, the division welcomes all who are willing to serve.
While the Volunteer Program provides obvious benefits to the division, it also provides meaningful rewards to the volunteers themselves such as the satisfaction of helping to preserve some of Delaware’s most historic places and supporting cultural programs that benefit all of the state’s people, while at the same time, working in beautiful locations where you will feel history come alive.
In observance of National Volunteer Week, the division will be holding a service project on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the John Dickinson Plantation located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road south of Dover. As part of the project, volunteers will work with staff leaders to complete tasks including planting shrubs and trees; mulching; cleaning signs, windows, picnic tables and benches; painting; and making minor repairs. If you are interested in helping to conserve one of the most historic and beautiful sites in Delaware, register for this service project by contacting me at 302-736-7411 or HCA_VolunteerSvcs@delaware.gov.