Volunteer History Helpers play a key role in facilitating a positive tour experience for students who come to visit the Vermont History Museum during school field trips. History Helpers lead students, primarily fourth graders, on a 75 minute guided tour of the museum's exhibit "Freedom and Unity." During the tour, History Helpers also facilitate a 15 minute hands-on Focus Activity about Abenaki history, Merino sheep, or the telegraph and Morse Code.
The requirements for being a History Helper include a sincere interest in working with children and sharing your love of history with them. You are working with them to create an insightful and educational experience. You should be flexible and energetic. The Vermont Historical Society volunteers share a strong sense of camaraderie with each other by having similar interests.
While some of History Helpers have previous teaching experience, this is not a requirement. We will provide all the training and education necessary to become an excellent History Helper. Monthly meetings and trainings will help prepare you for your tours. We also offer ongoing education opportunities for current History Helpers.
Benefits of becoming a volunteer come through sharing your love of history with children. You will also receive all Vermont Historical Society volunteer benefits such as free admission to the VHS museum, galleries and library, a discount in the museum store, and an invitation to other annual Society volunteer events.
If you have enthusiasm for teaching children and are looking for a challenging, yet rewarding, volunteer opportunity, we strongly encourage you to become a History Helper.