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Get Involved at Historic Annapolis!

Historic Annapolis (HA), the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, was founded in 1952 by volunteers. HA's volunteers continue to be an integral part in the success of our public programs, special events, and daily operations. Join our team and be a part of our mission! Volunteers are needed throughout the year to serve as museum docents, garden volunteers, and more.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our Volunteer Information Form via one of the methods below:

For more information or questions about volunteer programs, please email or call Janet Hall at janet.hall@annapolis.org or 410.990.4514. Please email completed PDF forms to Janet Hall at janet.hall@annapolis.org, or mail to Janet Hall, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Volunteer Opportunities

Docents: If you have an interest in history, decorative arts, or historic preservation, and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others, consider becoming an HA Docent. Docents give tours and help with education programs at our historic sites (William Paca House, William Paca Garden, James Brice House, and Hogshead). Docents are needed both on weekdays and weekends for public and group tours. Training is provided and schedules are flexible to suit your availability. Docents are invited to special lectures and offsite tour opportunities throughout the year.

Junior Docents: High school students (grades 9-12) are welcome to train as a Junior Docent at the William Paca House. Junior Docents present tours and engage with visitors, which builds confidence, public speaking skills, and knowledge of history, decorative arts, and the culture of colonial times. Please fill out our Junior Docent Volunteer Information Form here.

Living History Interpreters: Have you ever wanted to dress in colonial garb and share the history of Annapolis? As a Paca House kitchen volunteer, you'll engage with hundreds of school children and other visitors excited to learn about colonial cooking. At Hogshead, costumed volunteers engage with visitors on weekend afternoons and group tours during the week, sharing the stories of tradespeople of Colonial Annapolis in this modest 18th century home.

Education Program Volunteers: Volunteers who love children and teaching history through fun activities will love our education programs. Volunteers lead and assist with the Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program, offered every other Tuesday morning in the spring and fall. Volunteers with the Footprints Afterschool Program share colonial history with area elementary school students through role-playing, fun learning projects, and field trips to HA sites.

Paca Garden Volunteers: Garden Volunteers assist with the William Paca Garden Annual Plant Sale each May, and help select the plants to grow, nurture and sell to the public at this annual fundraiser. Garden volunteers help throughout the year, typically on one day a week on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Garden Volunteers are also welcome to train as a Garden Docent and provide tours of the historic Paca Garden.

Special Event/Hospitality Volunteers: Special Event Volunteers assist with receptions, fundraisers, and special events, such as Maryland Day, 4th of July, Holiday Open House, HA Happy Hours, Annapolis by Candlelight, Paca Girlfriends, and Blazers . Bourbon . Cigars. Most events require between 15 and 40 volunteers, but Annapolis by Candlelight requires over 400! Volunteers will assist HA staff at these unique fundraisers and community outreach activities. Volunteers who can lift and help with set-up/breakdown are always needed for these events.

Administrative Volunteers: Volunteers with office skills assist the HA staff with data entry, spreadsheets, mailings, and general office help. Volunteers typically offer assistance once a week for a few hours in this fun, fast-paced enviroment.

Museum Store Volunteers: Museum Store Volunteers provide a friendly greeting and assistance to shoppers and help with merchandising. If you are an active person who likes working in a retail environment, this team is a perfect volunteer opportunity. 

For more information or questions about volunteer programs, please email or call Janet Hall at janet.hall@annapolis.org or 410.990.4514.

 

Volunteer Benefits

  • Free or reduced costs for many lectures and events

  • Discount at the Museum Store

  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

  • Regular Volunteer Email Updates

  • Free admission to the Annapolis by Candlelight tour (when you volunteer for the event)