When I first moved to Plymouth, MI., I had no idea of how important the Plymouth Historical Museum is to the State of Michigan and to the Midwest. In all probability; it is, argueably, one of the real "gems" in the U.S. A rich repository of Lincoln memorabilia and a "Timeline" that captures the essence of how important the growth of small towns was to the culture of Americana. It is fair to say that the Plymouth Historical Museum is unique in presenting the "America" that our founding fathers envisioned. Take a "look" - it will far exceed your expectations.
A couple of years ago The Plymouth Historical Museum had "Volunteers Needed" on their sign just outside the Museum. I had not been in the Museum for quite awhile but remembered enjoying my visit. I told my husband as we drove by that I think I would like to volunteer there. I wrote down the number and called it once we got back home and left a message. A week or so went by and I hadn't heard anything so I assumed that volunteers were no longer needed there that they had gotten a good response. That made me happy but I was a little sad that I had missed my opportunity. The next day, Friday I got a phone cal from the Museum. "Can you come to a meeting tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.?, she asked. "I'll be there", I replied and thus began my career as a volunteer at the Plymouth Historical Museum. I've been there now for almost 3 years. I quickly became a Docent, learning everything I could about Lincoln and the history of Plymouth. A town I grew up in and one now where I am raising my children. The Museum is a treasure! So much to learn and see and the volunteers are so eager to share the information with visitors. It is a great, great way to spend a day. A wealth of information for educators and just a beautiful place to escape and think about all that has brought us to where we are today. I love volunteering. I am inspired every time I am there and I encourage people, I see to pay a visit. I am very proud of it! The staff does a wonderful job with the displays and they do quite a bit on a very tight budget. Most of the people there are volunteers and have always been so nice and gracious sharing what they know so that we can pass it along. I get a great deal out of the volunteer experience and encourage as often as I can, people to get out and do the same. Giving back to the community is so important, rewarding and you get so much out of it! Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience.
I walked into the Plymouth Historical Museum to volunteer almost two years ago. They had just lost their volunteer coordinator and offered me the position. Feeling that my background as a high school English teacher, I could easily use my skills here: coaching, organizing, training, writing, and committee work all with follow thru expectations.
I met numerous volunteers who have been here for various amounts of time and do numerous jobs as well. My job is to interact with everyone and find the right spot for them and the right spot for the museum's posterity