Be a Part of the Story!

Volunteering for the City of Louisville at the Louisville Historical Museum is a great way to support the efforts of the Museum to collect, preserve, and share the history of Louisville. Although the Museum’s needs vary, the three main ways people volunteer with us are as:

  • Interpretive Volunteers
  • Special Events Volunteers
  • Oral History Program Volunteers

Interpretive Volunteers

The Museum’s Interpretive Volunteers are personable individuals who are passionate about Louisville’s history and want to share their love of our town’s past with the public. Our interpreters give informal tours to daily visitors and, as such, require good communication skills, an ability to match your knowledge to our visitors’ interests, and a passion for the history of our town. Past experience leading tours or knowledge about Louisville is not required – we’ll teach you everything you need to know!

The Museum staff may ask for help with other projects during the public hours as well. Interpretive Volunteers typically work two or three hours a week, or two or three hours a month.

Special Events Volunteers

The Museum relies on volunteers for our monthly First Friday Art Walks and other programs. Like our regular interpreters, Special Events Volunteers need to be personable and passionate. Volunteers in this team frequently provide station based historical content or lead hands-on demonstrations for audiences ranging from children to adults. If you like talking to the public about history, don’t mind chatting with audiences of diverse ages, and are excited by crowds, this might be the team for you!

Special Events Volunteers typically volunteer once a month in two hour shifts during programs that might occur in the morning, afternoon, or evening. As with our other volunteer opportunities, Museum staff will provide training and orientation.

Oral History Volunteer

Curious about Louisville’s past? Like hearing stories about our town’s history? Our Oral History Volunteer team is made up of individuals interested in interviewing former and current Louisville residents to preserve their stories and memories for generations to come. No experience interviewing people is necessary, although being a good listener and being personable is a must!

This team meets as a group monthly on the third Thursday of the month from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. When not meeting as a team, these volunteers arrange, perform, and record the interviews in pairs. An orientation and training are provided.

Next Steps

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to Jason Hogstad (jhogstad@louisvilleco.gov), who will schedule a meeting with you in order to talk about your area of interest. Prospective volunteers will be asked to complete a City of Louisville volunteer application.