Volunteer Blog

JUNE

Happy Summer! What will you be doing this summer? The ISHS sites will begin to see many visitors. Local friends sharing their ISHS site experiences with visiting friends and family. Traveling visitors stopping by to take in the experience of Idaho history. As more visitors arrive at the sites throughout the summer, volunteers will be needed to enhance the visitor experience. Check your calendar, are you available to give a few hours a month? Take a moment and sign up on the site calendar! Offer the visitor your love and knowledge of Idaho history.

UPCOMING ISHS ORIENTATIONS:

Society Orientation: Tuesday, June 11, 6 P.M.-7 P.M. or Wednesday, June 19, 12 P.M.-1 P.M. at the Idaho State Archives Bldg., 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd. Please RSVP to joan.burke@ishs.idaho.gov

IDAHO STATE MUSEUM ORIENTATIONS:

Ambassador Orientation: Idaho State Museum: June 22 from 9 A.M.-11 A.M.

 

An update on the National History Day Awardees: 57 awardees are now making their way to the National History Day in Washington D.C. for their final competition. Below is a link to one of the awardee’s projects that will be presented in Washington D.C. National History Day-Idaho Documentary submission -Emma Little

https://youtu.be/r3GWZCcrEDw

 The Idaho Humanities Council Facebook page is a great resource for interesting posts regarding History and its relevance in our current society. Take a moment yourself and drift over to their Facebook page. Enjoy!

Idaho Humanities Council

 

MAY

MAY IS RIDE YOUR BIKE TO WORK/VOLUNTEER JOB MONTH

All ISHS sites have bike racks, so if you want to take a part of Ride your bike to work month, you have a place to lock your bike!

UPCOMING ISHS ORIENTATIONS:

Agency Orientation: Tuesday, May 14, 6 P.M.-7 P.M. at the Idaho State Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd., upstairs in conference room, or Tuesday, May 21 12 P.M.-1 P.M. at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Please RSVP to joan.burke@ishs.idaho.gov

IDAHO STATE MUSEUM ORIENTATIONS:

Ambassador Orientation: Monday, May 20, 3 P.M.-5 P.M. Idaho State Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr.

Education Volunteer Training: Thursday, May 9, 1:30 P.M.-3:30 P.M. in the Idaho State Museum classroom. We have updated our school program curriculum, so training is mandatory for all who have and will help in the classroom.

 

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENT 2019

Thank you to all the volunteers and guests who attended the Volunteer Appreciation event. It turned out to be a wonderful event. Yummy food, entertaining volunteer video, and an amazing program by Paul Schiller and Lisa Laramer. There are water bottles for all ISHS volunteers. If you did not receive one, they are located at the sites, please take one! We would like to take another opportunity to thank all the wonderful, energetic, engaging, fun volunteers of the Idaho State Historical Society.

Volunteer Appreciation

volunteers eating

 Deloitte’s “2017 Volunteerism Survey” of working Americans, found that only 18% of employees who volunteer believe volunteering can enhance their career opportunities. Only 36% say it can help them develop new skills. Employers, on the other hand, have a different perspective on service. They feel that creating a culture of volunteerism boosts morale (70%), offers an improved sense of purpose (74%), and improves the workplace atmosphere (70%). Moreover, a whopping 89% of employers surveyed believe companies who sponsor volunteer activities offer a better overall working environment than those who do not.

Source: Deloitte, 2017 Volunteerism Survey, (June 2017)

 

APRIL

APRIL IS VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH

April is a month to celebrate those who dedicate their time to being stewards of our community through volunteerism. The Idaho State Historical Society truly appreciates all the volunteers who put in numerous hours through a variety of roles within the agency. We are planning a special event for you. Invites have gone out so please mark your calendar:

2019 Volunteer Appreciation Event “ENGAGE” – Thursday, April 18, 4:30 P.M.-6:30 P.M. in the Idaho Room at the Idaho State Museum. Hor d’oeuvres and drinks will be served, and tours of the Museum will be given during the event. Feel free to bring a guest! RSVP to by Friday, April 12 to: Joan.burke@ishs.idaho.gov

UPCOMING ISHS ORIENTATIONS:

Agency Orientation: Wednesday, April 17, 12 P.M.-1 P.M. in the Idaho Room at the Idaho State Museum

IDAHO STATE MUSEUM ORIENTATIONS:

All volunteers must first receive foundational training as a museum ambassador.

Interested ambassadors can then attend additional training sessions to be an education volunteer or a museum guide. Museum ambassador training will be offered monthly.

Ambassador Orientation: Sat, April 20, 9-11:30 A.M. at the Idaho State Museum

Education Volunteer Training: Wednesday, March 27, from 12 P.M.-2 P.M. in the Idaho State Museum classroom. We updated our school program curriculum so training is mandatory for all who have helped, and will help, in the classroom.

 *NEW OPPORTUNITY Museum Guide Training: Wednesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 17, from 2:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M. in the Idaho State Museum classroom. Both days of training will be mandatory.

Resources for Volunteers to learn more about Idaho History:

Carlos Swantas: In the Mountain Shadows

Adam M Sowards: Idaho’s Place: A New History of the Gem State

As a guest of the State Museum or Old Idaho Penitentiary would you like the volunteer at the site know only facts–or would you like to hear stories, laugh, and understand the facts and how they impacted history? Watch to this YouTube video recommended by an ISHS volunteer. What can you do as a volunteer to improve your delivery? Enjoy.

MARCH

WHY VOLUNTEERING IS IMPACTFUL FOR THE IDAHO STATE HISTORICIAL SOCIETY

Four volunteers stewarding over 20,000 images is one example of why volunteering is impactful for the Idaho State Historical Society. Every week, four volunteers come to the Idaho State Archives and work to scan various images from our collections. Scanning preserves the image from fading, tearing and losing its integrity, while providing public access in digital form. Digital collections represent only a fraction of the over 500,000 images at Idaho State Archives. Take a moment to view the images in the ISHS Photo gallery collection. As you view the images, think of the volunteers who take time out of their day to preserve and share photographic history with all!

IDAHO DAY – MONDAY, MARCH 4

Join us as we celebrate Idaho Day with this year’s theme: My Town Idaho

Where: Lincoln Auditorium, Idaho Statehouse

What time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

NEW DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING ADMINISTRATOR

Welcome, Christine Dwello. She will be overseeing Membership and Volunteer Coordinator efforts too! Christine is coming from the Idaho Food Bank and has experience with several Non-profits. She loves “the ask” in development. She started on Monday, February 25, and will make a great addition to the Agency!

UPCOMING ISHS ORIENTATIONS:

Society Orientation: Tues, March 12, 6-7 p.m. State Archives Bldg. 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd.

Wed, March 20, 12-1 p.m. State Archives Bldg. 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd.

IDAHO STATE MUSEUM ORIENTATIONS:

Ambassador Orientation: Sat, March 16, 9-11 a.m. Idaho State Museum

Education Volunteer Orientation: Tues, March 27, 12-2 p.m. Idaho State Museum

SAVE THE DATE-2019 Volunteer Appreciation Event “ENGAGE” – Thurs, April 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Idaho Room at the Idaho State Museum. Hor d’oeuvres and drinks will be served and tours of the Museum will be given during the event. Feel free to bring a guest! RSVP to Joan.burke@ishs.idaho.gov

Put a SPRING in your step as you volunteer for the Idaho State Historical Society.

FEBRUARY

Idaho State Historical Volunteers are growing by leaps and bounds. Each site has increased volunteers by at least 5%. Each site has retained over 98% of their volunteers too!

The AAM’s Museum Financial Information Survey found that volunteers contribute over a million hours of service every week in American museums. That number doesn’t even take into account the passion and skills that volunteers bring. Museums of any size can benefit from enthusiastic and committed volunteers.

THANK YOU volunteer for all you do for the Idaho State Historical Society.

The ISHS website is full of great information about the happenings within the Society

SAVE THE DATE-2019 Volunteer Appreciation Event “ENGAGE” – Thurs, April 18 4:30-6:30p.m. at the State Museum Idaho room. hor d” oeuvres and drinks will be served, tours of the Museum will be given during the event. Bring a guest. RSVP

Upcoming Idaho State Historical Society Orientations:

Society Orientation: Wed, Feb 20, 12-1 p.m. Old Idaho Penitentiary 2445 Old Penitentiary Rd.

       Tues, March 12, 6-7 p.m. State Archives Bldg. 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd.

        Wed, March 20, 12-1 p.m. State Archives Bldg. 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd.

Old Idaho Penitentiary:

Volunteer Orientation: Sat Feb 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. for non-docents)

Idaho State Museum:

Education Volunteer Orientation: Wed, March 27, 12-2 p.m. Idaho State Museum

Ambassador Orientation: Sat, March 16, 9-11 a.m. Idaho State Museum

Idaho Business Review announces 2019 Woman of the Year and Jan Gallimore is chosen for her outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments, mentorship and community service. Profiles of the 2019 honorees will be published in a special magazine available to IBR subscribers in the March 8 edition.

Below is a link to a great TED talk on Why Museums Matter! The Talk focuses on art, but it makes you ponder on the roles of all Museums.

Seeing the Past as Present: Why Museums Matter | Colleen Leth | TEDxOxBridge

Watch the video here