Volunteer or Intern with The Mahwah Museum!

It takes a lot of volunteers to keep our Museum running smoothly.  

Docents

Docents are volunteers who open our museum to visitors on Wed., Sat., or Sun. from 1PM – 4PM each week from Sept. to June.  They also open the 1871 Old Station and 1921 Erie Caboose on Sundays from 2-4 June – September. Docents are paired with experienced docents, and learning is exciting for both docents and visitors.

Please email or call the museum if interested- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

Archives

 On selected days some of our volunteers, under the direction of our archivist, meet at the Museum to explore our archival collections.  We have many uncatalogued boxes of archival and photographic material that need to be opened, sorted, classified and input into our database. We will train you in the protocol for using our computer.  This is a great volunteer opportunity for college students and people who are available during the day.  The ability to type and/or some computer knowledge is helpful.

Please email or call the museum if interested- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

Fundraising

The success of the Museum depends on our ability to raise funds.  We are constantly writing grant proposals to government agencies and private foundations.  We are always looking for new and fresh fundraising ideas.  Our members are important to this effort and we encourage anyone, with or without experience, to help.

Please email or call the museum if interested- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

 

Help with Exhibits

Once a year we change parts of our exhibit.  Once our theme is set, if you like to research and write materials, you will be guided in how to do that and be expected to collect graphic materials, write descriptions and suggest how the exhibit is to be hung.  If you are artistic, we need help in preparing our presentation materials: cutting, cropping, pasting, framing and hanging.  If you like to climb ladders, there is always need for people to focus our lighting.  If you can wash windows or vacuum floors, we need you, too.

Please email or call the museum if interested- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

Help Build Our Railroad

Are you a train buff?  The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is a favorite stop for children of all ages.

Our Donald Cooper Model Railroad volunteer team meets on Wednesday evenings to work on our large HO railroad.  Some of our volunteers are carpenters, electricians, computer experts, train maintenance people, artists, or model railroad engineers.  They meet weekly to work on the railroad, and some like to volunteer as docents on weekends to run the railroad and answer questions for museum visitors.  The Railroad is constantly growing and changing, so help is always appreciated.  Our Railroad volunteers also keep the trains running for the public, for scout groups, and for other special occasions.

Please email or call the museum if interested- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

Internships

We have lots of things for college students to do, depending on their majors and interests.  They can help us with our archives, docent, conduct oral histories, or research for us.  Interns have helped catalog our library, made films and videos, and assisted in the analysis of archaeological digs.  While a great experience for history students, our interns have also included future librarians, computer majors, and law students.  Interns can get credits at their college for their experience on their resumes.  Click for more information.

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