The Lewes Historical Society depends on volunteers to help keep the Society open and active. If you are looking for an organization to give your time to and to feel rewarded – The Lewes Historical Society is it!
The Society has been nationally recognized for its contributions to historic preservation and history research, and is visited each year by people from all over Delaware and the United States. Volunteering at the Society is a fantastic way to find out more about our historic town and to meet people who share a passion for Lewes and its history.
Library & Archives
The Historical Society’s Library & Archives seeks persons interested in history to assist on a variety of projects. Some current projects include making protective enclosures for damaged books and pamphlets, assisting reference staff with written inquiries, preservation photocopying, labeling collection materials, card catalog maintenance, and collections maintenance. Training will be provided and an attempt will be made to match volunteer interests with tasks.
For volunteers with an interest in artifacts, this position offers the opportunity to research objects in our Museum collections, and work on data entry including changes to and completion of scholarly records in order to provide the best possible access. Volunteers may also work with the Curator to inventory and catalogue collections. This will involve handling objects, and record keeping. Further research may be needed on some artifacts that may be conducted by volunteers on-site at the Historical Society’s library or at off- site resources.
Education & the Public
For the volunteer with teaching experience, and an enjoyment of working with diverse audiences, positions are available. Possibilities include conducting walking tours, developing adult and family audiences, and assisting the Society’s educators in afterschool programs and seasonal family festivals. In the past, unique programs have been developed with volunteers who have a special interest and commitment to a project if it complements the Society’s mission.
Development and Fundraising
Assist with the various activities required to secure funding for this non-profit organization. Opportunities are available in research, membership expansion activities, and organizing fund-raising events.
Helping to interpret our 12 historic house museums in the heart of Lewes is a rewarding experience. Meeting wonderful visitors from all over the state, nation and world and having the satisfaction of sharing Lewes’s rich history with them is time well spent. Docents will develop and lead tours for adults and help the Society build and foster audiences. A full training period is provided for those interested in becoming a docent and includes workshops on Lewes history, public speaking, and interactive teaching techniques. Docents are asked to contribute one day a week. Positions are available weekdays and weekends.
Docents also assist at the Christmas Tour of Lewes by helping to staff our historic houses for the day. During this time, the Society is decorated for the season in traditional and exciting ways.
Outreach / Information Tables / LHS Representative at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market
The Lewes Historical Society is invited to participate in a variety of different festivals and local events, such as Maritime Day and Coast Day. Representatives of the Society are needed to man information tables. These volunteers are passionate about Lewes and they know basic information about the history of the area and about the Society.
Furthermore, volunteers represent The Lewes Historical Society at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market, held at The Lewes Historical Society Complex at 110 Shipcarpenter Street. Volunteers are needed every Saturday from May 11 to September 28 (with the exception of June 22, July 13 and August 3) from 9-11:00am. These volunteers should be energetic and excited to share information about The Lewes Historical Society.
The Society hosts a variety of annual community events including Craft Fairs, an Antique Show, a Sea Glass Festival, a Christmas Tour and even a race around historic Lewes. Opportunities exist to volunteer to help at admission gates, bake sale tables, manning the Society’s table with membership info and raffle items.
Areas to volunteer
- Docent- Tours and Oral History
- “Visitor Services” at Ryves Holt House Museum Gift Shop or Cannonball House Maritime Museum
- Boat Building
- Outreach/Information Tables/LHS Representative e.g. the Historic Lewes Farmers Market
- White Gloves Crew- Collections Care
- Wooden Boat Program
- Vintage Base Ball
- Development and Fundraising
“The Lewes Historical Society is one of the most active local historical organizations in the nation. The reason is volunteers. As a member of the LHS Journal's editorial board, a member of the Wooden Boat Program and whatever else comes along, it gives me great satisfaction to share elements of Lewes's rich history with others and to play a small part in the Society's role in the community.”
-- Bob Kotowski
“I grew up in Lewes and have spent all but 12 years here. I have always given credit to the Historical Society for keeping the history alive and making it a very special place to visit and live. I volunteer at the Rives Holt House and in the office and have truly enjoyed all the members and visitors in Lewes.”
-- Charlotte A. Bastian
“Volunteer: a person that takes an interest in their community and gets involved; their enthusiasm for an organization overflows to others, and so the ripple effect begins. When I became a member of the LHS, it opened many avenues for me to become acquainted with Lewes and its history. Friends were made, ideas shared and committees formed. It has been a pleasure to see how much the Society has grown in the past 50 years. Congratulations to all the members and associates that make Lewes a grand place to live and volunteer.”
-- Cindy Foster