Volunteers are the backbone of any non-profit organization – assist in the archives, educational programs or collections.

Contact the Curator of Education to apply

MVHS Volunteer Handbook


Archives and Library

Collections Projects

  • Word processing and transcription of historic diaries, documents, military records;
  • Alphabetize donor lists and aid Archivist with data entry of museum donations;
  • Enter data from Yearbooks, Civil Court Files, City Planning Collection, legal ledgers, and military ledgers including Tod Post #29 (Civil War);
  • Sort, photocopy and file newspaper clippings and family collections;
  • Aid in organizing family collections, new donations and photographs;

Research Aid

  • Locates files, photographs, books and other documents for use by researchers
  • Assists Archivist with patrons during regular hours of operation, including weekends
  • Researches answers to mailed inquiries from patrons in other cities and states – includes county and local history and genealogy.

Education and Public Programming

‘Museum in a Suitcase’ Presenter

  • Present suitcase programs to students at local schools when available (mileage refunded);
  • Work closely with Curator of Education to develop additional suitcase programs, and supplement existing ones.

Education Projects (Great experience for retired teachers and education majors)

  • Work closely with Curator of Education to create and implement history-based workshops, classes and children’s programs;
  • Aid Education Department in development of Education Collection (artifacts for use in educational programs and hands-on activities);
  • Develops educational materials such as pre and post visit activities for schools based on current exhibits;
  • Aids Curator of Education in installation of interactive education components for exhibits.

Curatorial/Collections Research

 Curatorial Volunteer (Requires additional interviews/screening and three professional references)

  • Research and catalog various types of artifacts including nineteenth century textiles, tools, Native American collections, glassware, artwork, etc.;
  • Aid Manager of Collections and Registrar in safely boxing artifacts in archival boxes;
  • Create padded hangers and dust covers for clothing collections (involves sewing);
  • Aid curatorial staff in computer data entry of artifacts into collections software.

Exhibit Research and Fabrication (Great experience for those interested in art, architecture, museum work and fashion merchandising)

  • Work closely with Manager of Collections and exhibit team to research exhibit content (includes collection research);
  • Aid in installation of exhibition (involves installation of graphics, artifacts, and artwork in galleries; if interested, can involve some building of exhibit furniture.)
  • Attend exhibit openings.

Business and Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley

  • Aid Project Manager in computer data entry of media-related artifacts



  • Aid MVHS Administrative Assistant in bulk mailings (sorting and labeling);
  • Photocopy museum guide materials; aid in bulk photocopying;
  • Enter data into prospective member lists (data entry.)

Museum Events 

  • Aids MVHS in preparation for event (setting up)
  • Represents MVHS to visitors, members, and prospective members at events;
  • Helps to implement fun and interactive activities, such as craft tables, at MVHS open houses and family events