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Volunteer at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Our volunteers are a diverse, knowledgeable, talented, and skilled group who partner with MDAH employees to preserve and protect our historical resources. Volunteers serve as the state’s ambassadors to people from many cultures. Volunteers receive a 15 percent discount on most merchandise sold at the Old Capitol Museum, Eudora Welty House, Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, and Historic Jefferson College. Active volunteers are also included in various appreciation activities. Opportunities are available throughout the department. From behind-the-scenes to up-close-and-personal, there is a volunteer position with the department to suit every style.
Click here for the MDAH volunteer application.
Click here for the MDAH volunteer handbook.
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MDAH Volunteer Opportunities
Archives and Records Services Division
The Archives and Records Services Division is located in the William F. Winter Building in downtown Jackson. The division oversees the state archives, where documents, photographs, and other items from the collection are made available to the public free of charge. Historians and librarians assist patrons with research on the political, military, religious, social, economic, and cultural history of the state. Volunteers assist staff in maintaining and providing access to the collection, which spans the days of prehistory and Native Americans to the Civil War, the Civil Rights era, and beyond.
Click here to see Archives and Records Services volunteer position descriptions.
Archaeology and Historic Sites Section
The Archaeological and Historic Sites section identifies, preserves, and protects Mississippi's rich prehistoric and historic archaeological heritage through expanded public and professional education and stewardship. Volunteers are needed to assist staff in systematic archaeological survey and inventory, maintaining and developing productive partnerships with various organizations and agencies, promoting effective archaeological programs and archaeological research.
Click here to see volunteer position descriptions in the Jackson and Clarksdale offices.
Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians was the main ceremonial center of the Natchez Indians from 1682 until 1729. The 128-acre site features a plaza and three mounds, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house, a nature trail, and museum. The annual Natchez Powwow features traditional Native American dancing, foods, and crafts.
The Grand Village is seeking volunteer demonstrators, docents, period-dress interpreters, special events workers, and interpreters. Click here to see volunteer position descriptions.
Historic Jefferson College
Historic Jefferson College in Washington, Mississippi, was incorporated in 1802, making it the first institution of higher learning in Mississippi. Visitors can tour the restored West Wing, the kitchen buildings, Prospere Hall—where interpretive exhibitions, a gift shop, and rest rooms are located—and the T.J. Foster Nature Trail. Popular annual events include the Copper Magnolia Festival in the fall, a Civil War re-enactment, vintage baseball games, and the Children's Victorian Christmas Celebration.
Historic Jefferson College is seeking volunteer demonstrators, docents, period-dress interpreters, special events workers, and interpreters. Click here to see volunteer position descriptions.
Winterville Mounds, located outside Greenville, is the site of a prehistoric ceremonial center built by a Native American civilization that thrived from about A.D. 1000 to 1450. The mounds, part of the Winterville society's religious system, were the site of sacred structures and ceremonies. The 42-acre site features eleven mounds, dual plazas, and a museum. Winterville Mounds is the site of year-round popular events, including the annual Native American Days.
Winterville Mounds seeking volunteer demonstrators, docents, first-person interpreters, special events workers, and interpreters. Click here to see volunteer position descriptions.
Eudora Welty House
The Eudora Welty House in Jackson interprets the life and work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. The museum works to foster a love of reading and literature, an appreciation of the arts, and inspire the creative endeavors of future artists and writers.
The Welty House is seeking volunteer guides. Click here to see volunteer position descriptions.
Old Capitol Museum
The circa-1839 Old Capitol Museum is the most historic building in the state and the oldest building in downtown Jackson. The museum interprets the distinguished history of the building and the events that have taken place in it. Interactive multimedia exhibits explore the roles of the legislature, governor, and high court, as well as the importance of historic preservation to the state, the activities that took place in the building after the New Capitol was constructed in 1903, and much more.
The Old Capitol is seeking volunteer hosts/hostesses for weekday afternoons and museum guides. Click here to see volunteer position descriptions.
First occupied in 1842, the Mississippi Governor's Mansion is the second oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the United States. Individuals interested in becoming docents may contact the mansion curator Mary Lohrenz at 601-359-6421 for more information.
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