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Preserve History: Volunteer at the Northwest Montana History Museum

Volunteer Opportunity
Museum at Central School – Paul Spade

Appropriate Ages for Volunteer Opportunity

12 to 112

It takes a village of volunteers to run the Northwest Montana History Museum, which preserves and presents the history of the region and the Flathead Valley. Currently more than 80 volunteers keep the growing non-profit running smoothly. If you are interested in history and helping to preserve it, or in being a part of the museums community service, this is a great place to volunteer. They have stimulating and interesting work from a few hours a week or month, all the way to nearly full time help.

Special Skills that May be Required or Helpful

An interest in history and/or assisting the public in a community service endeavor.

Types of Volunteer Work Available

1. 3 to 4 hour weekly shifts at the museum welcome desk or gift shop, helping visitors, answering the phone, stuffing and addressing envelopes. 2. Working with artifacts, documents, records and photographs in the museum's collections and acquisitions department, checking in items, recording in computer software records program, storing and organizing collections. 3. Be a museum docent--a tour guide for some of the more than 2000 local school students who visit the museum annually, or special tours for seniors from assisted living facilities. The museum provides information and training for new docents. 4. Help with buildings and grounds--maintenance work on the fully restored 115 year-old building, and outside yard work, including the new Native Plants Garden.

Typical Size of Groups

You can volunteer as an indivdiual, working on your own, or with a group of other volunteers


Access to Volunteer Site

Paved Road

Activity Level