Volunteers with day campAt the Lycoming County Historical Society, we are entrusted with preserving and interpreting the history of the county. Our generated programming provides the possibility of diverse activities to a wide-range of the community. Lectures, temporary and holiday exhibits, workshops for children and adults, musical interludes, local history research and professional advice are available to the public free of charge or for a nominal cost. This programming is created by the small, but dedicated staff.

Pat Damaska receives 2020 ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award from Gary Parks

Supplementing the work of the Historical Society are our valued volunteers. There are many opportunities to volunteer, for young and old, for those with many, or only a few hours to give. Tour guiding is a rich experience, giving the volunteer the chance to meet people from all over the world or to work with local school groups, folks from retirement homes, or folks with special interests or needs. Curatorial volunteers are needed to catalog and process new donations into our permanent collection. People with carpentry skills are welcomed to create backdrops for revised displays and almost any age of volunteer can help us dig in the dirt to create our front flower beds or to keep our backyard looking well-manicured for the rental of our property for family reunions or weddings. Internships are offered to students, both high school and college, interested in a career in history, art history or museum studies, giving them practical experience in the field (https://tabermuseum.org/education/student-internships).

Committee work is also a way to become involved in the inner workings of the museum. Consider helping maintain the integrity of the building by serving on the Facilities Committee, brainstorm with others to raise desperately needed funding on the Fundraising Committee, or assist in the development of exhibits and workshops by serving on the Education Committee. A listing of the active Committees appears elsewhere on the website.

At the management level, the museum is overseen by a volunteer Board of Governors (https://tabermuseum.org/about-us/board-governors), which includes active and retired community members. Our Board is a ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ Board in determining and developing policies and procedures which will carry out the Mission Statement of the Museum, in fundraising, and in strengthening regional support for the financial well-being and longevity of the museum.