Volunteer at the San Juan Historical Museum
Here are some of the projects where your volunteered time, funds and effort are needed:
Museum Host/Docent - the Museum Host is the first person a visitor meets when entering the Museum at the King Farmhouse. If you like to meet Island visitors, answer general questions, hand out the self-guided tour brochures and collect the museum fees, this opportunity may be to your liking. Some of our volunteers have been serving as hosts for decades, and claim this is the best volunteer job in town.
Landscaping & Gardening – creating and implementing a rain catchment system for the grounds, introducing native plants, integration of some newly discovered outdoor equipment into the interpretive areas of the museum. Also needed: lawn mowing, tree pruning, weed pulling, etc.
Creating New Exhibits – the archival project has uncovered a number of unique collections and artifacts we are anxious to introduce to the public: vintage postcards, the museum’s flag collection, vintage charts and maps, office equipment of the early 20th century…..so many exciting prospects for interactive and educational exhibits, rotating throughout the year.
Fundraising & Marketing – the Museum’s newly formed Communications Committee is tasked with maintaining the presence of the San Juan Historical Museum on the internet, and social media platforms that will raise the awareness of the work of the Museum. We need photographers, videographers, writers, designers, and innovators!
Special Events - set up and take down exhibits, serve as a master of ceremonies, staff the Historical Museum informational booth, recruit donations, garner new members, get the word out about an event, or serve on an organizing committee.
Volunteer Position: Archival/Clerical - there is so much to be done! Organizing collections, researching history, scanning old photos into digitalized records, updating information, answering inquiries regarding the Island and its people. The Museum is constantly beginning work on new exhibits and methods to tell the story of the Island.
Researcher – responding to requests from around the world for information regarding past island events, residents and buildings. Also researching donated artifacts and identifying the unknown photographs in the collection.
Construction & Maintenance - mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, rebuilding a fence, or construction assistance to a restoration specialist on the buildings. Maintenance, exhibit refreshing and loving care of all buildings on the campus.
To get involved in any of these projects, contact Museum Director Kevin Loftus at 360-378-3949, email