“It’s an opportunity for me to step into the past for an afternoon.”

Judith – Volunteer

“As a retired teacher, I really enjoy connecting with the children as a docent in
History Quest and at the school house. They are so curious about the past and very focused on the presentation. A true joy to teach!”

Patty - Volunteer

People like you are an essential part of the Chippewa Valley Museum.

What makes us say that? We work with hundreds of volunteers each year across all sorts of projects. Whether you’re a person who wants to use skills you’ve already developed or want to learn something new, there’s a place for you here.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Visitor Services

    Greet people, provide general information, operate ice cream parlor | 3-4 hours per shift when museum is open to guests.

  • Special Events

    Help at fun events and programs for adults and children, like the 4th of July, Fiber Arts & Folk Life Festival and others | 2-4 hours per event with weekend and evening hours available.

  • Docent

    Give tours at the museum to school groups and other tour groups (Free training available) | 1-4 hours per tour with mostly daytime hours.

  • Curatorial

    Prepare and catalog artifacts, data entry, prepare artifacts for exhibit and storage, research | 3-4 hours per session during business hours.

  • Library

    Catalog and scan historic photographs, catalog books and archival materials, data entry.

  • Marketing

    Projects could include: Social media updates, web site updates, putting together mailings, designing surveys, and more | 1-4 hours per project.

  • Design/Shop

    Build exhibits, painting, metalworking, woodworking | 4 hours per project during business hours, some special projects can occur off-site.

  • Teen Guides Program

    Each year, several students (ages 13-17) volunteer with the museum as Teen Guides during the summer months. Application packets are sent out to local middle and high schools in the spring. More Info

* Times are typical of volunteer opportunities in that area.

Our volunteers are important to the mission of the museum, so whatever project you’d like to be part of, we’ll provide the training you need. For more about volunteering in any role, call Angela Allred at the museum, (715) 834-7871, or email her at a.allred@cvmuseum.com.

    Claudeen, a volunteer docent, leads a class in the Sunnyview School

    Intern Josh prepares items for an exhibit

    Volunteers can demonstrate their skills at events like the annual Fiber Arts and Folk Life Festival

    Suri adds water to the History Quest exhibit

    Gene demonstrates an old fashioned toy

    Volunteer Recognition dinner, an annual event

    Intern Luke cataloging fishing lures