Volunteer Opportunities

Scanning

An important goal that we’re striving towards is the digital preservation of much of our collection. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist us with this by scanning Ames Tribune photo negatives from the 1970s. Must be comfortable with computers; prior scanning experience a plus. Training will be provided for our scanning program and proper handling of negatives. Volunteers opportunities are typically 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday.

Artifact Inventory

The Ames Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help us with a large inventory of all of our historic artifact collections. Volunteers will assist the Collections Manager in inventory, photo taking, organizing, and paper work. Volunteers will be fully trained on proper museum handling and procedures. Volunteers are also needed to match photos of artifacts with their records in our museum software.

This is a fun and interesting opportunity for all ages, but would be great for individuals or students interested in museum work. Volunteers opportunities are typically 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday.

Newspaper Research

We have two newspaper research projects available currently:

- Research early 1900 Main Street businesses using digital newspaper ads
- Match 1970s Ames Tribune photos with articles using digital newspaper

These projects require being comfortable with a computer; additional training will be provided. Volunteers opportunities are typically 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday.

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