Old Salem Museums & Gardens Launches Expanded Volunteer Program

Information Session to be Held November 3

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Scott Carpenter
336.722.9660 or scott@capturevalue.com

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (OCTOBER 26, 2015) Old Salem Museums & Gardens is launching an expanded and enhanced volunteer program, a great opportunity for all those who are interested in history and enjoy working with people. Old Salem’s Ambassador Volunteer Program offers interesting and varied activities for volunteers, who can serve in a wide range of capacities from museum interpreters to helping at special events. Some volunteer positions require period costumes, but the majority do not. Long and short term opportunities are available.

An information session about the Ambassador Volunteer Program will be held on Tuesday, November 3, at 10 a.m. in the Wachovia Room in the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road in Winston-Salem. This event is free and open to all interested individuals, although reservations are suggested. To reserve a spot, please email info@oldsalem.org or call 336-721-7364. At the information session, attendees can learn more about the program, speak with Old Salem staff, enjoy refreshments, and pick up an application.

Applications to become an Ambassador are due November 16, 2015, and are available at the information session on November 3 or online at oldsalem.org/ambassador. An Ambassador Volunteer Program orientation and training session will take place on January 13, 2016. More details on this orientation session will be available at the Information Session on November 3.

Becoming an Ambassador of Old Salem is an exciting way to get involved with the community, learn more about the history of the Moravians and other Americans in the early South, and interact with a variety of people of all ages, from all over the country and around the world.

In addition, Ambassadors receive the following benefits: 20% off purchases in Old Salem’s retail stores—Winkler Bakery, T. Bagge Merchant, Moravian Book & Gift, Butner Hat Shop, Old Salem Candy & Souvenir Shop and Horton Center—and free museum admission with Old Salem ID badge and some events. In addition, Ambassadors will receive periodic email updates about opportunities and events at Old Salem and will receive recognition during National Volunteer Week (April). After 25 hours of volunteering, Ambassadors will qualify for a Southern Highland pass to Biltmore, Barter Theater, and other historic sites.

Available Ambassadors positions include:

  • Exhibit Interpreter: Welcomes and greets visitors; guides visitors through the exhibits; protects artifacts and exhibits. Maintains smooth traffic flow within the building.
  • Hands-on History Guide: Leads interactive 18th and early 19th century historically based hands-on activities for youth and adult visitors, such as quill pen writing, painting, etc.
  • Museum Greeter: Welcomes visitors to buildings, orients them to the place and time, gathers groups for tours.
  • Historical Interpreter: Navigates visitors through 18th- and early 19th-century history as it relates to specific museum buildings using interesting narratives and artifacts.
  • Museum Musician: People who are skilled on organ, piano, flute, brass, strings and/or clavichord may perform period music for special events. Audition required.
  • Historic Trades Volunteer: Greets visitors in various trade shops and answers questions regarding the trade itself and the importance of trades in the Moravian town of Salem.
  • Special Event Assistant: Assists with various duties related to events such as luncheons, concerts, historic event days, lectures, and conferences.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Supporter: Provides assistance with prepping for historic cooking classes, trades workshops, and holiday workshops.

Further details on the program can be found at oldsalem.org/ambassador.


 

About Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.