Are you inspired by the rich history of Vincennes, Indiana’s First City? Do you have some time to share that inspiration with others? Have you been reluctant in the past to step forward and ask, “How can I help?” Volunteering at William Henry Harrison’s “Grouseland” just might be the volunteer opportunity that you have been seeking.
Spring is the time of year that bus loads of school children come to visit Grouseland on field trips. Personally, I made this same voyage in May 1984 from Sullivan County. By then, Indiana history was well established as my favorite class in school, and it still has never been surpassed (Thank you, Mrs. Phillips!). However, my Indiana history field trip to Vincennes was nothing short of transformational.
In my ten year-old imagination, I was transported in time. History became three dimensional, and it afforded me an appreciation for what it meant to be from Indiana in a positive way that has reverberated throughout my life ever since. That I became the director at Grouseland 25 years later was no accident.
Being a part of Grouseland’s mission of preservation and education continues to be the honor of my life. I have the privilege of sharing my enthusiastic passion for Indiana history and the treasures of Historic Vincennes with the public. It is especially rewarding to see the wide-eyed awe of fourth graders, who have never been to a historic home before, as they too are transported back in time and discover how interesting and fun history can be.
Serving Grouseland’s mission is an opportunity that is accessible to those who have the time and inclination. Because we work with children, it
is important that we screen all potential volunteers. Generally, we give tours of the Mansion, and this is the area in which we require the most support from volunteers. However, there are other tasks in which volunteers can help, including special events, office assistance, gift shop and welcoming visitors, and some museum collection and grounds care. Those with special skills and interests are encouraged to let us know what you can do. Some projects require more expertise than others. Most anyone can help give tours of the Mansion, and we have a gradual process of training, so that you will learn more about our story as you learn to share it with others. We will spend as much individualized time with you as needed, so that you can feel comfortable and confident in your generous service.
Your time is valuable and limited, and we want to ensure that you have the most positive, fulfilling and impactful experience possible.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Grouseland, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (812) 882-2096. We will be happy speak with you, show you around, and share with you the work that we are privileged to do everyday. Please join us!