Volunteers make everything we do possible and there are many opportunities to volunteer at Old Austerlitz. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at 518-392-0062 or send an email to Jeffrey Harris at [email protected]
Here are some of the opportunities:
Buildings and Grounds Committee
These volunteers are the construction workers for the Society. They mow lawns, repair and paint buildings, move furniture, etc. They also “set up” and handle parking at our main events.
Members of this committee recruit new members, send notification for yearly dues, maintain the computerized membership records and generate membership lists and labels for use by other committees.
Museum & Archives Committee
Volunteers are responsible for the respectful handling of objects and archival documents during the detailed accessioning, description, labeling and placement processes. Volunteers also assist in creating exhibits, maintaining collections, and providing some public service.
The committee conducts research concerning any subject pertaining to local history, whether to respond to individual genealogical inquiries or in pursuit of broad projects. Volunteers are encouraged to research subjects of particular interest to them.
Public Relations Committee
These volunteers prepare general publicity for the Society. (Newspaper articles, posters, etc.) They also assist in publishing the newsletter.
Events Committee volunteers assist in planning events for the Society. The major events are the Blueberry Festival and Autumn in Austerlitz.
Programming & Education Committee members suggest and facilitate lectures, workshops and other events that are consistent with the mission of the Society to further the interpretation the history of the town and the greater community. Members often need to work with a variety of committees to coordinate activities.