Saratoga Historical Museum Volunteer Opportunities
We are an organization of enthusiastic volunteers dedicated to preserving
and educating the public in the unique history of our Saratoga area.
We welcome anyone with similar interests to join us in any of our volunteer
activities. Volunteer opportunities are designed to fit your interests
and schedules or academic requirements. You can volunteer as a docent
on the weekend, or design a project that will help the Museum and also
meet your individual needs.
Interested? Please phone the Museum at (408)
867.4311 and leave your name, phone number, and area of volunteer
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Docents ·
If you have an interest in the unique history of
the Saratoga area and like working with the public, this might be the
right position for you!
You will open and close the Museum and greet our guests, answer questions,
and talk about the exhibits which present various aspects of Saratoga
Even if you are not familiar with local history,
you will have access to information available at the Museum, come
to our educational programs,
and talk to any of our local historians. A primary source for information
is “Saratoga’s First Hundred Years”, a book by Florence
R. Cunningham, available at the Museum. Our Museum hours are Friday,
Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. You may choose any of these
days, once a month or more often, depending upon your schedule.
· Oral Histories ·
There are many people in Saratoga who have made important contributions
to our local community and far beyond. Saratoga residents include engineers,
inventors, teachers, and historians. Many other gifted and talented
people have interesting stories which need to be documented. You may
interview and collect their historical stories on audio tape or video
recorders, which will then be added to our collection on our computer
database. You can suggest a candidate for an interview, or let us suggest
someone that matches your interests.
· Restaurant Research Project ·
Saratoga restaurants pioneered the concept of fine dining in Santa
Clara County more than forty years ago! We are beginning to collect
information about our fine Saratoga Restaurants to add to our growing
database. Research participants will collect menus from each of the
Saratoga restaurants, interview the current owner and make a photographic
record of the establishment. This is a new project that is under development,
and an opportunity for you to get involved.
Historic Village ·
This is another new project
that should involve more than one person. You will make a photographic
record of every building, old and new,
in the Historic Saratoga Village. The Village includes all of the businesses
and structures on Big Basin Way, Oak Street, and the connecting streets.
A brief notation about each building should be included, listing the
address, name of current owner, type of business, and the proprietor’s
name. This could be a fun project, suitable for a couple or team of
classmates, or friends with similar interests, and with digital photo
equipment and skills.
· Museum Operations ·
There are many opportunities to get involved “behind the scenes”.
File historical information; clip and sort newspaper stories and columns;
organize scrapbooks; and other administrative tasks. If you have computer
skills you may want to help by scanning and archiving our library of
pictures and textual information. This is another opportunity to become
very familiar with the history of Saratoga.
· Exhibits ·
We have both permanent exhibits and exhibits that change from time
to time. Our Exhibits Committee is looking for ideas and help with
the design, assembly or construction of new Museum exhibits that would
be of interest to the people of Saratoga and also educate the public
in the unique history of the area.
· We currently need these volunteers ·
| Education docents to work with small groups of elementary school children who visit the McWilliams House, starting Fall 2007. Docents will be asked to dress in period clothing styles: long dress, apron, bonnet for women; old fashioned shirt and cap for men.
For more information on these or other volunteer
activities, please phone the Museum at (408) 867.4311 and leave
your name, phone number, and area of volunteer interest, or email: