St. Mary’s County Historical Society
Volunteer Opportunities

 
Volunteers Wanted by the St. Mary’s County Historical Society
at Tudor Hall and the Old Jail Museum and Visitor Information Center!
 
The rewards for volunteering for the Historical Society are many.  We rely heavily on the many talents of our volunteers and greatly appreciate the many hours of their time they so graciously donate.  Our volunteers learn new skills and form new friendships.  Volunteers do not necessarily have to live in Southern Maryland to participate, e.g., writing articles for the Chronicles of St. Mary’s, working on historical research, preparing family histories, doing genealogical research, and visiting their local historical societies to advise us of new and successful programs, effective membership and/or fund raising campaigns, and interesting publications.  Every holiday season, the Society hosts a luncheon to recognize its special volunteers.
 
Research Center – Our Research Center and Library continues to expand with new acquisitions for the collections, with new subject file material, and other items.  We need volunteers interested in identifying books and other materials for future purchase, i.e., collections development, as well as volunteers to provide technical services support, e.g., preparation of new materials, filing, organizing, etc.  We currently have three outstanding volunteers who can professionally train new recruits.
 
Archivists - We are in need of individuals who have an interest in archival material and enjoy preparing materials for storage, and documenting and processing our treasurers.  We are also preparing an inventory of the artifacts in Tudor Hall and the Old Jail that will require photography assistance as well as documentation.
 
Old Jail Docents – This 158 year-old treasure served as the county’s jail for close to one hundred years, housed the Society for many years and now serves as a county tourist center, keyed to the Leonardtown and surrounding areas, as well as a museum.  Currently, three volunteers staff the Jail on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We would like to have docent coverage as well as visitor information support for at least Wednesday and/or Saturday.  Perhaps you could serve at least twice a month to make sure we have coverage on those days or additional days.  We also need to have a list of those of you who could serve as a jail docent at selected Leonardtown and county events that are held on Saturdays or Sundays throughout the year. 
 
Genealogists – Our Research Center continues to receive inquiries from researchers interested in county families.  We are in need of individuals who love genealogical research who can work at home or in Tudor Hall.
 
Board of Directors' Committee Members: - Your Board of Directors is looking for Society members and friends to serve on any of the following committees:  Buildings & Grounds, Development, Finance, Membership, Program, Public Relations, Research & Collections, Technology/Website and Volunteers. 
 
Authors – Our Chronicles editor is in need of articles that would continue to share research and stories about the county and its rich history. 
 
Indexers – Our Chronicles has not been subject indexed since 2001.  Issues could be sent to your home for indexing purposes. 
 
IT Professionals – We are in need of individuals who love web development and/or would love digitizing archival and historical treasures from our collections. 
 
Exhibit Specialists – We would like to do more and smaller exhibits throughout the year.  These exhibits do not have to be elaborate but they have to tell a story with wonderful pictures, interesting storyboards, that portray county history and pique interest in further research. 
 
Photographers – We are in need of volunteer photographers who can regularly take pictures of Tudor Hall and the Old Jail throughout the year.  These photographs, appropriately captioned, would appear in Society tourism literature, the Chronicles, newspaper articles, etc.  As mentioned under Archivists above, we also need photographers to capture individual artifacts in digital file format.
 
Maintenance of Properties – Historic properties provide challenges to non-profit historical societies.  There are specific standards for care outlined by the Maryland Historical Trust and national historic preservation organizations.  At this time, we only need to develop an On-Call list in the event there are small, approved projects that can be done under preservation guidelines.
 
Administrative Assistance – Office staff need assistance on a regular basis with member mailings.  We need to develop an On-Call list.
 
Strong Backs – We need to develop an On-Call list when something needs doing that is beyond staff capability.  This is a great community service opportunity for youth.
 
If you wish to volunteer for any of the above opportunities, please contact Susan Wolfe, Executive Director, by email at smchsdirector@md.metrocast.net or by phone at 301-475-2467.