Naper Settlement in Naperville is looking for volunteers to staff the outdoor historical museum in June, July and August. Read the full release below.
Naper Settlement, an outdoor history museum in downtown Naperville, is seeking adults ages 18 and up who would like to be part of a volunteer corps that brings history to life for over 129,000 visitors each year. Volunteers are especially needed during the summer months of June, July and August to tell the stories of the historic homes and businesses.
“We are looking for people who enjoy sharing their love of history with our visitors,” said Cindy Lackore, Lead Museum Educator. “We provide complete training and our volunteers have the option of wearing period clothing, depending on the building they interpret.”
Volunteer training will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information and to apply, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 305-5256.
On a recent spring day, volunteer Bill Smith was hard at work in the Blacksmith Shop, heating iron over the flame in the forge and pounding it on an anvil to create items that were used in the 1800s. A volunteer for over a year, Smith joked that his favorite part of being a blacksmith is that he likes to pound things and play with fire.
“I really enjoy explaining what the blacksmith was in the fabric of the community,” he said. “Blacksmiths were very practical people.”
Smith, who retired after a 41-year career with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, said he based his character on his great-uncle, Max Haeberle, who worked for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad as a blacksmith for over four decades.
“I never had a chance to learn from him, so I am doing this in his memory,” Smith said.
Judy Heeman recently retired as a records technician for a local police department, and was looking for a volunteer opportunity where she could give back to the community. As a volunteer in the Paw Paw Post Office building, Naperville’s first post office, she enjoys talking to people about the history of the postal service.
“I’m interested in history and this is a perfect place to learn about the 1830s before everything was developed,” she said. “You can choose your days and times when you want to volunteer and you don’t have to wear period clothing. The staff here is very accommodating and very friendly.”
For more information about the volunteer roles available at Naper Settlement, visit www.napersettlement.org/volunteer.Tags: Naper Settlement