Tishomingo County Historical and Genealogical Society


The Tishomingo County Archives & History Museum is operated by the Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization. The archives’ resources are used to educate the public about Tishomingo County history through exhibits, programs, and publications.

If you would like to be involved in a fulfilling project and be a part of an exciting staff - using your skills, talents, and expertise to help fulfill the mission of the Society - the Old Tishomingo County Courthouse may be the place for you! We are proud of the quality work performed by our steadfast volunteer corps and can utilize you on-site or off-site.

Training and training materials will be provided by the Society. A record will be kept of your volunteer service. Active volunteers are eligible for a discount in the gift shop and are invited to participate in volunteer appreciation programs.

Here are some of our current volunteer openings:

  • Curatorial Assistant - The secret is out: the real reason most people get involved in museums is to "get their hands on the stuff!" Here's your chance to learn from the pros how to work with, handle, move, and research the collections of the Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society. Join a group of volunteers and work on special projects. This can be a regular or an occasional volunteer opportunity.
  • Internships - College students are welcomed as interns in the following areas: oral history, history, and education. These unpaid positions of 5-20 hours per week provide valuable field experience within the students’ area of study. Time frame: Summer and academic school year; flexible hours.
  • Lawn Care and Maintenance - A good job for someone who likes to be a "handy man" and work 4 or more hours a week with their hands. A person who would enjoy performing maintenance on the Old Tishomingo County Courthouse so future generations can visit and see a vital part of Tishomingo County history. A person who likes to build things out of wood, take an idea from conception, then design and build things like shadow boxes, back drops for exhibits, maintain the lawn, grow rose bushes and other plants to keep the grounds looking beautiful during the growing season, and more. It would be a plus for this person to love to work "outside" and have a "green thumb."
  • Library Assistant - Join a dedicated group of TCHGS volunteers and help manage the records, process new acquisitions, re-shelve and re-house library materials, and assist with other projects. This can be a regular or an occasional volunteer opportunity.
  • Researcher - Researchers from all over the world contact TCHGS by phone, mail, and e-mail with research questions. Volunteer researchers work with staff to answer questions and assemble research materials. Training is provided.
  • Receptionist - This is an all-time favorite way to get to know your Historical & Genealogical Society better. Receptionists greet guests, answer phones, register researchers, work in the gift shop, and give museum tours. They also provide office support to staff, assisting with mailings, photocopying, and data entry. This is a regular volunteer opportunity, or you can be on-call to help as needed.
  • Typist - Do you live too far away to volunteer on-site? Then consider typing one of the many projects we have going to preserve and share the fine history of our County. Projects range from one page to a whole book and can be transmitted electronically.

Volunteering can provide an entertaining yet beneficial experience that makes you feel intrinsically good about yourself and how you spend your time. However, the Museum also provides tangible benefits to the volunteer as a small token of our gratitude. The following is a list of those benefits:

• 10% discount on gift shop merchandise
• A quarterly newsletter
• Free society membership
• Use of research library
• Free or reduced admission to special seminars and events
• Permanent nametag after one month of service
• Résumé building material and/or a work reference
• Opportunity to make friends and socialize
• Development of museum skills through volunteer training and continuing education

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