Volunteer Opportunities

We Love Our Volunteers, But We Can Always Use More!

            There are many areas of the WHS that rely completely on volunteer help and commitment to provide the services that make us one ofWestport’s gems. But sometimes volunteers come and go, and some of our committees are working with just a few, hard-working volunteers.  Here are some areas where we could use more help:

             As Greeters at the front door: Wheeler House is open Monday thru Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Saturday from 12 to 4. Volunteers work in the mornings (10 to 1) or afternoons (1-4), weekly or once a month or whatever schedule works best for each person. You’ll be in the center of the action at WHS, greeting all visitors, responding to phone calls, perhaps showing people around the house, helping the executive director or education director with little projects, or helping with mailings. Barbara Van Orden, our volunteer coordinator, will give instructions on all of this. Contact WHS for scheduling at 203-222-1424.

             In our Costume Department: Our Costume Curator, could use help going through our large collection to categorize items so that dresses and other costumes can be used in displays or for fashion shows. This work would be done when volunteers and the Curator can meet together at times convenient for everyone.

             In our Archives Department: This group meets every Tuesday morning, from 10 AM to 12 to research questions from people who have asked via phone, e-mail, or in person for information about families, houses, events, and general Westport history; and to catalog items or collections that are donated to the WHS. Even if volunteers cannot work every Tuesday, we welcome anyone who can come in on a regular basis. Sven Selander, Archives chair, and other current volunteers will help get you involved in these projects.


Interested in engaging children in Westport history and life in the age of early industrialization? The WHS is looking for 4 people who love history and can bring it alive for children. While portraying a historical figure from the 19th century, you will bring the historical facts to kids in an engaging and interactive way. Inquisitive-based learning techniques will be used to engage third grade students about local history. This tour is for all the third grade students in the Westport Schools- an estimated 500 kids.Time commitment: Three weeks of actual tour – Oct. 10th-28th – Arrive at 8:45am promptly each day, tour will run from 9am to approx. noon each day. Training will be conducted during the week of Oct. 3rd .  Compensation: $500 for each guide.


If you are interested in any of these areas, please call the Society at 203-222-1424 and give your name, phone number, and area where you’d like to work. Someone will get in touch with you right away.  And thanks from all of us at WHS for volunteering!