Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Volunteer at the Museum!

by Nancy DeWitt

We are seeking more volunteers to help at the museum this summer. Our primary need is for people to greet visitors and share information about the collections with them. Many of our visitors love meeting Alaskans, as well as learning about the automobiles and other artifacts.

No prior automobile knowledge is required, but volunteers should enjoy teaching and speaking in front of people. There are two mandatory training sessions, and volunteers should be able to commit to at least three shifts per month during the summer. Both daytime and evening shifts are available; each typically lasts 3-4 hours. Click here for a volunteer application.

The free training sessions cover the history and organization of the museum, the collections and exhibits, American and Alaskan automotive history, frequently asked questions, and a thorough tour of the museum.

Volunteers can also choose to lead full tours, either for adults, school groups, or both. Additional training will be provided. The school groups visit during the winter season, typically on Thursdays and Fridays.

We also need volunteers who want to do hands-on work with the cars. This can include polishing and detailing vehicles, helping us move them into the shop to prepare for driving, moving exhibits, or actually helping us with the repairs and tune-ups if you have mechanical skills. "Pit Crew" members must attend our two mandatory training sessions and are asked to work several shifts/month.

Lastly, we always have a need for help with tasks such as: moving displays, repairing historic clothing, assisting with special events (like the Midnight Sun Cruise-In), photography and car research.

This year's training sessions are on April 3 and April 10 from 6 to 9 pm. The first class will take place in the Wedgewood Resort Visitor Center, while the April 10 class will be held in the museum. Please contact Nancy at 458-6112 or projects@ to register or if you have questions.

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