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MDAH volunteers embrace the values of passion, integrity, excellence, and respect while furthering our mission.

Volunteers partner with MDAH employees to provide services that are vital to the operation of the department. Our diverse, knowledgeable, talented, and skilled volunteers help fulfill our mission to collect, preserve, protect, research, and interpret the state’s rich and diverse historic resources and to promote the appreciation and use of those resources.

Who can volunteer at MDAH?

We currently engage adult volunteers (18+), college/university volunteers (18+; academic credit track—which includes unpaid internships, service learning, community service, and federal work study), and service group volunteers.

What can MDAH volunteers do?

MDAH volunteers can serve in all five divisions of our agency in public, behind-the-scenes, and virtual roles.

Public Volunteers may serve as:

  • Information Specialists (desk attendants and ambassadors)
  • Docents, Guides, and Education & Outreach Specialists
  • Demonstrators/Reenactors/Period Dress Interpreters/Living History Actors
  • Special Events and Program Assistants

Mississippi’s most exciting volunteer opportunity is here!

Volunteer at the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum:

View details and training schedule for these volunteer opportunities here:

The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

Non-Public Volunteers may serve behind-the scenes in:

  • Administration
  • Archives
  • Collections
  • Historic Preservation—including Archaeology
  • Museums & Historic Sites
  • Programs and Communication—including Education, Exhibits, and Public Information

Digital Project e-Volunteers serve as transcribers, translators, indexers, and on special projects as needed.

 

How do I get started as an MDAH volunteer?

Adult Volunteers (18+, non-academic credit track)

 

College/University Student Volunteers (18+, academic credit track)

 

Service Group Application

 

Applicants who prefer a paper application should contact Elizabeth Coleman at ecoleman@mdah.ms.gov or 601-576-6985.

 

To View MDAH Current Volunteer Opportunities:

VolunteerMatch.org

GiveGab

 

For MDAH Volunteers Only:

Volunteers who have established a VicNet account may access their account information by clicking the button below:

 

Where can MDAH volunteers serve?

MDAH volunteers can be found doing important work in the:

Administration Division where volunteers work on special projects. Some of these projects may be done virtually. MDAH e-Volunteers help to preserve our history for generations to come. They transcribe oral history interviews, translate historical journals, and transcribe recordings of important conferences and meetings so that this part of the Mississippi story will not be lost;

The William F. Winter Archives and History Building in downtown Jackson is the headquarters of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Volunteers have been involved with this department since its inception in 1902. MDAH volunteers serve in many roles throughout the department, and we invite you to explore our volunteer opportunities to see if we have a match that is right for you.

 

Archives and Records Services Division, which boasts one of the premiere state archives libraries in the nation. Volunteers assist patrons in the Archives Library and in behind-the-scenes roles as archival processing aides and other support roles;

The Archives and Records Services Division volunteers serve the public in the media reading room of the Archives Library (Jackson). Also, they can be found in behind-the-scenes roles such as archival processing aides and helping with special projects pertaining to Mississippi history. Volunteers often use the Archives Library for MDAH research projects and on their personal time, volunteers can be found using this one-of-a-kind resource to explore their family history or their favorite Mississippi subjects.

 

Historic Preservation Division serving at the Mississippi State Capitol as volunteer guides and information desk volunteers. Volunteers also provide support to our professional archaeologists, architectural historians, and other preservationists;

Our very hospitable MDAH volunteers serve at the information desk and as guides at Mississippi’s exquisite State Capitol in Jackson. Free tours are offered to the public Monday through Friday at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m.

 

Museum Division sharing our rich history with the public and preserving our history behind-the-scenes. Volunteers who serve the public can be found at the Old Capitol Museum, the Governor’s Mansion, the Eudora Welty House and Garden, the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Historic Jefferson College, and Winterville Mounds Archaeological Park and Museum. The Manship House Museum is undergoing a long-term restoration and opens for special events; volunteers enjoy participating in these events either as event volunteers or as patrons. Volunteers can also be found behind-the-scenes in museum collections. New! The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will open December 9, 2017. Apply today to volunteer at these new museums as an ambassador and at the grand opening!

AmeriCorps members are pictured assisting MDAH archaeologists with collections work in the laboratory. MDAH volunteers also assist archaeologists, scholars, and other patrons who visit the Capers research room and work on special projects that help make archaeological resources available to the public.

 

Programs and Communication Division, a new division encompassing Public information, Education and Exhibits sections. Volunteers assist staff in creating and implementing educational resources and programs.

Volunteers help bring history to life, reenacting important people and events from Mississippi’s past. Present Meets Past is an annual program at the Old Capitol Museum whereby volunteers and staff offer vignettes of history.