Volunteers

Our volunteers are an important part of our museum family. Museums across the U.S. utilize more than 370,000 volunteers. Here at the Sumter County Museum we have dozens of volunteers who help us through a number of outlets. With their help we are able to provide a first-rate county museum and archives for the residents of Sumter.

 


Volunteer Opportunities for Adults

Office work
  • Typing
  • Data Entry
  • Filing
  • Organizing materials
Special Programs

  • Carolina Backcountry Days as costumed demonstrators
  • Christmas Open House
  • Annual Friends of the Museum meeting
  • Evening or weekend lectures, classes and exhibit openings
Tour Guide
  • House tours
  • Costumed Carolina Backcountry Homestead guide
Archives
  • Data entry
  • Arranging collections of books, historic documents, letters, papers, etc.
  • Office work
  • Archival work
  • Helping patrons with research

Grounds and Gardens

The Junior Docent Program

Special Programs
  • Carolina Backcountry Days as costumed demonstrators
  • Christmas Open House
  • Annual Friends of the Museum meeting
  • Evening or weekend lectures, classes and exhibit openings

Tour Guide

  • House tours
  • Costumed Carolina Backcountry Homestead guide

Archives

  • Data entry
  • Arranging collections of books, historic documents, letters, papers, etc.
  • Office work
  • Archival work
  • Helping patrons with research

Volunteer Benefits

Service
  • Helps to fulfill "community service" requirements
  • Service can be listed on college and employment resume

Learning Environment

  • Familiarization with various museum career fields and exposure to local and state history
  • Learning opportunities in the practical arts - woodworking, sewing, cooking, quilting, etc.
  • Summer internship
  • Chance to show ability for long term commitment
  • Learn the value of teamwork

 Other Benefits for Teen Volunteers

  • Schools may offer extra credit for active participation in Jr. Docent program
  • Free students membership in the Friends of the Museum organization
  • Jr. Docent-only tours of other historic sites
Volunteer Coordinator
P.O. Box 1456 • Sumter, SC 29151-1456 • Phone 803-775-0908

Sumter County Museum
122 North Washington Street
P.O. Box 1456
Sumter, SC 29151-1456
Phone 803-775-0908
Hours: Thurs-Sat 10:00-5:00 Closed Holidays
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