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Intern Bridget Jivanelli poses with Trustee Herb Adler.  Bridget helped process the Case-Terry Law Practice Papers.

Volunteering time at the Southold Historical Society enhances the experience of the Museum visitor while providing a unique opportunity for an individual to give their time and talents to one of the North Fork's largest museums. Those interested in volunteering at the Society will receive informative job training, discounts at the Museum Shop in the Prince Building, and the heart felt thanks of the Society. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Society, we could not accomplish so much throughout the year without their ongoing support!

Think about joining us in volunteering with some of the following activities:

Archives Assistant - Work with Society's documentary collections, cataloging items, arranging collections in storage facilities, and performing data entry. Training: On-the-job, with the ability to work carefully and concisely. Obligation: Half-day weekly, Mon-Fri.

Children's Educational Assistant - Work with the Education of Youth Committee in providing quality programs to school students from all over the North Fork. Training: Committee training and on-the-job, with ability to work well with young children. Obligation: Half-day weekly, Mon-Fri, May, June, and July.

Collections Assistant - Work with the Society's physical collections, including cataloging items, arranging collections in storage areas and helping with data entry. Training: On-the-job, with ability to work carefully and concisely. Obligation: Half-day weekly, Mon-Fri.

Events Assistant - Enjoy the excitement on the grounds during our numerous special events that take place throughout the year. Ticket selling, securing premises, managing booths, selling food, etc. are just a few of the many positions available. Training: On-the-job and minimal. Obligation: Extremely flexible; one or two days at various times throughout the year.

Lighthouse Museum Guides - Learn about the history of the Horton Point Lighthouse.  Constructed in 1857, the Lighthouse is one of the premier tourist destinations on the North Fork.  Visitors from every state and over 20 countries around the world visited the site in 2004! Training: Every May in addition to regular updates throughout the season. Obligation: Quarter-day and half-day, Saturday and Sunday, May through October.  Local artisans are invited to demonstrate their talents by appointment.

Museum Guides - Learn about the history of the Society, our founder, Ann Currie-Bell, and of the many important buildings the Society owns.  We hope you will help us to discover new ways to interpret the history of Southold and the Society for visitors. Museum Guides help lead tours, interpret our historic buildings, and explore the past with our visitors. Training: Every May/June in addition to regular updates throughout the season. Obligation: Full-day and half-day, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday, July through October.

Museum Shop - Provide visitors with assistance in our beautifully appointed museum shop. Job includes greeting and working with customers, operating the cash register, and pricing merchandise. Training: On-the-job. Obligation: 4-6 hours weekly, May - December.

Treasure Exchange - Work at the Society's antiques and collectibles consignment shop, pricing goods, serving customers, and creating a special environment for the wonderful treasures they bring to us. Training: On-the-job. Obligation: 4-6 hours weekly, May - November.

Special Projects Assistant - Tasks involving making phone calls, working on bulk mailings, publicity efforts, using the copy machine, assorted computer work, etc. Training: Some on-the-job. Obligation: On a regular or infrequent basis.

Student Volunteers - Spend your summer making a difference in Southold! For students 14 years of age and over, opportunities exist to volunteer as a museum guide, office assistant, etc.! Training: Different for each project. Obligation: Flexible, but we are seeking students who are very dependable mostly throughout the summer months.

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Additional Positions - Every individual has some special skill or craft that can be used at the Southold Historical Society! Let us know if you have a special talent or interest - we may have just the perfect project for you to participate on!

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, contact our office today!

Phone: 631 765-5500  Email:


Southold Historical Society

P.O. Box 1, Southold, NY 11971  /  631-765-5500 / Fax  631-765-8510    

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