To sign up to volunteer, please download the form here.
The Talbot Historical Society has a small staff that works to help the Society fulfill its mission. We rely on volunteers to support our staff to educate the public on a daily basis. If you are interested in helping to preserve the heritage of Talbot County, or if you just like meeting new people and working toward a common goal, please consider volunteering with THS. The following opportunities are available:
Enthrall visitors with tales of Talbot County's history. Become a Historical Society docent! We are looking for active and enthusiastic volunteers to lead historic house tours and walking tours of Historic Easton. Help the Historical Society achieve its mission of discovering and preserving the cultural heritage of our community. Joining the docent corps gives you the chance to meet new people, and provides a rich opportunity to learn about Talbot County history and to make a real contribution to its preservation and interpretation. No previous teaching experience required. Great flexibility and variety are hallmarks of volunteering at the Historical Society.
Archives and Object Collections
If you are a detail-oriented person, then this is the position for you! Help us sort, catalog, and store some of Talbot County's most important and unique documents, manuscripts, photographs, maps and objects.
Buildings & Grounds
Are you a handy person who has already fixed everything around your house twice? If you are looking for something to do, we could use your expertise. The Society owns and manages seven buildings, a garden, and numerous other areas in need of maintenance and upkeep. The Talbot County Garden Club takes care of the garden, but we sometimes need help with the buildings, including upkeep and small repair and maintenance projects.
Education and Programs
From lectures to youth programs, school activities to adult workshops, the Education Department is in need of dedicated people to organize and staff educational programs and events. No teaching experience is necessary. We need volunteers who will roll up their sleeves and pitch in on various tasks on a project-by-project basis.
Photograph Collection Project
The Society has a photograph collection of 100,000 original negatives and prints, recognized across the state as the most important collection of historical photographs of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. For more than 15 years, the collection has been a victim of neglect due to a lack of staff, money and time. Now, though, the Society is dedicated to preserving, re-housing, and cataloguing this important collection! Conservation and cataloguing training will be provided; no experience with photography is needed, only the interest and the desire to help make this collection safe and accessible!
We hold many activities and special events each year, from Heritage Day to a Spring Fundraising Dinner. We need help from people who are available on an "as needed" basis to sell tickets, hang posters, distribute flyers, work on mailings and all sorts of other things. Sound interesting to you?
Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts
Do you know a lot about antiques? Do you like to meet people? Then consider working at our antique consignment shop. We need people who love antiques and are willing to work at a sales counter. Previous sales experience would be helpful, but is not required. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.