Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization

Are you passionate about making a difference? Consider becoming a Wauwatosa Historical Society volunteer! Volunteers play a crucial role in supporting our mission and are the heartbeat of our organization. Join our dedicated team and explore the rewarding volunteer opportunities available below. Together, we can make a lasting impact in our community and advance our shared goals.

We offer short-term event-based as well as committee and project-based volunteer opportunities. View the open opportunities below and please consider offering your time and talent to further our mission.

Explore the various volunteer opportunities below, and please complete the volunteer form to share your time in support of the Wauwatosa Historical Society.

Event-Based Volunteer Opportunities

Rental Attendants

Kneeland Walker House: Rental attendants are responsible for opening the house, greeting renters, ensuring they have cleaned the space at the conclusion of their rental, and then locking up. You are required to stay on location for the duration of the rental, but you’ll have access to the office for quiet space where you can pass the time.

Little Red Store: Rental attendants for the Little Red Store are responsible for opening the building, turning on the lights, and if necessary, adjusting the thermostat, and arranging the tables. At the close of the contracted time, attendants must return to complete some final clean-up tasks and lock up.

Complete the volunteer form to choose the areas you’d be most interested in supporting.

Committee & Project Based Volunteer Opportunities

Browse our committee and project-based volunteer opportunities, and if interested, complete the Volunteer Form below.

Research: Volunteers work in the research library on Wednesdays helping library visitors, preparing materials, researching genealogical queries, and organizing the library.

Gardening and Groundskeeping: Gardeners help with pruning, planting, and maintenance of annuals, perennials, and shrubs throughout the grounds.

Little Red Store Storekeeper: Storekeepers greet visitors on Saturday mornings in the summer, sell treats, and offer information about the Wauwatosa Historical Society and the building.

Tour Docent: Docents lead tours of the house and share its history. Tours are scheduled throughout the year.

Schoolhouse Support: The schoolhouse, located on the 2nd floor of the Coach House at the Kneeland Walker House, operates in the spring and the fall. Volunteers teach second-grade field trips in the 19th-century classroom in the coach house. Docents give a brief history of Wauwatosa and lead a quick tour of the house. The schoolhouse is cleaned before the spring and fall sessions, and aprons and kerchiefs are laundered.

Facilities Management: Our facilities require regular vacuuming, dusting, and arranging for rentals and tours. Volunteers are also needed for occasional repairs and maintenance.

Marketing: Promote the organization’s mission, activities, and initiatives through strategic social media management, compelling content marketing, graphic design support, and event planning support.

Quarterly Newsletter Support: Write, design, or edit the quarterly newsletter which showcases historical articles and promotes Wauwatosa Historical Society activities  

Museum Collections Support: Volunteers organize, prepare, and store objects, including textiles, documents, and photographs.

Event Planning & Support: Throughout the year, we host a variety of events including our speaker series, experience history series, premier events like Firefly Art Fair, and more! Volunteer opportunities range from event planning and sponsorship package development to day-of support activities.