Museum volunteer training offered

December brings several volunteer opportunities and family work days at The History Museum of Hood River County, 300 E. Marina Drive, Hood River:

Dec. 5 — Museum Host Orientation, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The History Museum desperately needs more museum hosts. Museum hosts are the face of the museum to most visitors, and promote awareness of local history to visitors of the museum.

This is the first year that the museum is open year-round, and as a result, it needs to expand its museum host team. This is a great opportunity to volunteer with a friend or family member while connecting to local history. Training is provided for all museum volunteers.

For more information, contact Carly Squyres, volunteer coordinator, at thmvolunteer@hrecn.net or 541-386-6772.

Dec. 7 — Holiday Family Volunteer Day, 1-4 p.m.

In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, the decorating theme for Family Volunteer Day is “A Fabulous Forties Christmas,” and participants will learn about holiday traditions from the World War II home front. Volunteers will help “deck the halls” and create ornaments and decorations for the museum.

This is a great opportunity for families to volunteer together and connect with history as they get in the holiday spirit.

The museum is asking anyone who is able to bring clear, indoor/outdoor Christmas lights (with green wire) to donate for the decorations. The museum is hoping to decorate an approximately 90-foot length with the lights.

Dec. 16 — Research Training, 1-3 p.m.

The History Museum will be holding a training session for research assistants at 11 a.m. at the museum, located at 300 E. Marina Drive in Hood River. The training will cover the basics of research at the museum, and will focus on how to enter information into the computer database for our vertical file project.

This project is designed to make the museum’s paper archives accessible by computer, to increase access and better preserve the documents.

Research assistants utilize The History Museum’s books, archives and database to assist with research requests, visiting researchers, and research for museum programs such as Cemetery Tales. Research assistants are also actively working to organize and document the museum’s archives to improve efficiency and preservation.

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For more information contact Carly Squyres, volunteer coordinator, at thmvolunteer@hrecn.net or 541-386-6772.

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