Volunteering Opportunities

We always welcome volunteer support! As a small organization, we depend on volunteers to staff the museum and assist with collections and clerical work as well as our youth workshops.  Our volunteers learn the fascinating history of the Elizabeth Islands, new skills, and meet new people.  Our positions provide flexible hours and a pleasant, ever-changing environment.  For students with community service requirements or anyone looking to enhance their professional skills, this experience looks good on college applications and resumes!


The backbone of the Cuttyhunk Historical Society, docents welcome visitors to the museum, answer questions, and locate resources for additional information. Docents receive training and on-going support while working, must enjoy working with the public and have an interest in Cuttyhunk history.  Shifts are typically 2 – 3 hours.  Age 16 and older, please.


Filing: We need help filing! This requires a commitment to learn our filing system.
Miscellaneous: sorting, labeling, creating nametags, and making photocopies—whatever is needed
Scanning historical photographs and records: easy-to-use scanner

Youth Workshops Assistant

Youth workshops are held Wednesday afternoons. Glue, paint, and get creative with crafty materials. Volunteers should enjoy working with children and not mind getting a little messy! Teen or older.

Collections Work

Input information into our collections management database. Volunteers must be comfortable with learning new software, be very detail oriented and comfortable asking questions.

For consistency and planning, we prefer a minimum of two hours per week for all positions, but any volunteer time is welcome!

CHS President’s Volunteer Service Award Winners

CHS could not function without its volunteers and we cherish them all.  Each year the CHS President celebrates a devoted volunteer’s involvement by awarding them CHS’s Volunteer Service Award.

Past winners include:

Patty & David Frothingham

Dave Twichell & Joe Twichell

John Drieze & Steve Baldwin (posthumously)

Ann Conway

Ann Kimball

Libby Anderson & Nina Brodeur

Kitsy Garfield

Weezie Garfield

Shelly Merriam

Allie Thurston

Kitsy & Wy Garfield/Smoke & Dave Twichell

Dix Leeson

Glen Goslin