Almost every day I’m contacted by people—of all ages and backgrounds—who want to help the CT Historical Society as volunteers and interns. (An intern is someone who earns school credit.) It’s quite heartening to talk to so many like-minded people who appreciate the past and want to support our mission—to inspire and foster a life-long interest in history. I hear comments like these a lot: “I’ve always loved history…I was a history major…I always found history fun.”
And, I can completely relate! I majored in art history and went on to earn an MA. When I’m not working at a museum or teaching art history, I’m visiting historic places. My travel agendas, without fail, include at least one. Somewhat embarrassingly, the Bacardi Rum Factory in Puerto Rico was an example of a “historic” place I snuck into the itinerary. The site includes a reproduction of the original factory where visitor-goers learn about how rum is produced and stored (you can smell the types of rums) and get to see different historic Bacardi family memorabilia.
So, our volunteers and interns at CHS have a lot in common—which makes it a super fun place to work. We all work together—steeped in history and loving it. And, we’re planning a field trip this summer.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering and interning can feel free to contact me. We require a completed application and an updated resume. I also receive a number of networking requests…which I certainly don’t mind; I’d be happy to chat with anyone who is thinking about entering into the field.
Anne Guernsey is the Manager of Institutional Advancement at the Connecticut Historical Society.