Museum to hold volunteer orientation Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m.

Do you enjoy helping people? Do you like history? The Lexington History Museum is looking for talented, helpful individuals to become volunteers. The museum opened its doors free to the public in October 2003 and in 2009, the yearly visitor totals topped 10,000. Located in the Old Fayette County Courthouse at 215 W Main St, the Lexington History Museum is the city’s only free historic site. To fulfill Thomas D. Clark’s vision of a free museum in Lexington, we rely on volunteers who are willing to assist visitors. The Lexington History Museum engages all people in the discovery and interpretation of the history of Lexington and the Bluegrass.

Beginning March 29, the museum will be open seven days a week from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. with extended hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed to staff the reception desk on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for shifts 12-2 and 2-4. They may also be called upon to fill in for volunteers on other open days. Volunteers are expected to learn about the exhibits at the museum and familiarize themselves with the other three museums in the building. They may be called upon for special events and to lead guided tours if needed. All required materials will be provided, such as a gift shop procedure tutorial and exhibit information.

During the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, volunteers will be needed to staff the front desk and lead tours during special extended hours. The hosting position is perfect for a college student who is looking to fulfill community service hours or anyone who is looking to give back to their community. There are other opportunities to volunteer such as research and assistance with the museum’s social media programs. Volunteers meet fellow Lexingtonians and visitors to Lexington, gain a unique knowledge of Lexington and the Bluegrass region while promoting and securing Lexington’s only free historical site.

Please join us for a Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. and learn more about the museum. There will be an opportunity to meet museum staff members and become familiar with exhibits. Shift sign-up and training will be provided for all prospective volunteers.

Come help us record and preserve our city’s history. For more information, contact Debra Watkins, Museum Manager, by calling 859-254-0530 or emailing debra@lexingtonhistorymuseum.org. Find us on the web at www.lexingtonhistorymuseum.org, www.facebook.com/lexhistory, www.twitter.com/lexhistory. If you have a question, comment, or concern, feel free to leave a comment on this post. Can’t make it to the orientation? Let us know if you are interested in taking one of the volunteer shifts and we can schedule a private training!

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