History Colorado is seeking applicants for the K2H Civic Futures AmeriCorps Program to help expand educational opportunities for Colorado students through the agency’s museums statewide. The K2H Americorps program supports civic learning and engagement programs in K-12 or community-based sites.
The deadline for applying for AmeriCorps is March 15, 2020.
One shift (2 1/2 or 4 hours) per month is required. Two to four shifts per month encouraged. Available hours daily, Monday through Friday 10:00 to 2:00 or 2:00 to 4:30.
The Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House needs volunteers to work in the gallery and visitor center welcoming visitors and completing gift shop and admission sales.
Providing customer service to all museum and gallery visitors (informing the public about the museum tour schedule, giving directions, suggesting sightseeing opportunities and restaurants)
Acting as an ambassador to other local museums, attractions and Denver
Answering questions about gallery displays as well as the history of the home
Answering inquiries about women’s history, which may include directly visitors to online resources or the Hart Library at the History Colorado Center
Assisting customers in the gift shop
Operating the cash register for all sales of tickets and goods.
Recording all visitation and sales accurately and thoroughly
Answering the phone
Taking reservations for group tours and special events; taking credit card payments over the phone
Visitor Center representatives should be organized, personable, and comfortable multitasking. All Visitor Center representatives are required to use office equipment such as a cash register, phone and computer. This job might also entail light office work such as filing, collating, and paper cutting. Volunteers should have an interest in Colorado women’s history and the history of early Denver.
One three hour, fifteen minute shift per month required. Two to four shifts per month encouraged. Available hours daily, Monday through Saturday, and Sunday afternoons 10:15-1:30, 1:15-4:30.
Tour guides share information with visitors about life in early Denver, the people who lived and worked in the home and the changes to the house over time. Tours includes information about the two historically prominent families who lived in the home and the staff who worked here, the architectural and design features of the house and the artifacts. Tour guides at the Byers-Evans House lead all visitors through the 10,000 square foot home and provide tours for groups of 1 - 15 people. Each shift is three hours and fifteen minutes. The maximum number of tours a guide will provide in one day is three.
Tour guides should have a knowledge of and passion for history, feel comfortable speaking in front of groups, and be physically able to stand, walk, climb stairs and talk for up to three hours in a row.
AAITP is offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round, but is very popular in the months of April and May. Most docents work 1 shift per month in the slower season and 4- 8 shifts per month in April and May.
Education docents work with our school program, "An Afternoon Into the Past". AAITP is an interactive, hands-on program designed for 3rd and 4th grade students. Students take on characters of Evans family members and friends and get the chance to use certain prop items throughout the house. Docents guide students through the house and facilitate their learning by instructing them in using prop artifacts and assisting them with presenting their characters to their class.
The maximum number of students assigned to one docent is 19, and shifts last between 1 1/2 and 4 hours. The maximum number of school tours given in one day is two.
Education docents have a knowledge and passion for history, should feel comfortable talking to large groups of children, physically able to stand, walk, climb stairs and talk for up to three hours in a row, and able to monitor the collections closely while simultaneously giving a tour.
Available hours are some Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays-seasonally and by request, typically noon to 3:30.
The Byers-Evans House Museum seeks volunteers to assist with our seasonal and special themed teas. Teas are a favorite program among members of History Colorado and help serve the mission of the Byers-Evans House Museum by encouraging visitors to share the experience of this historic home and fascinating time period with friends and family. Themed teas may also include programs on special topics in Denver’s history and cultural heritage.
Preparing a welcoming space for teas by setting the tables and arranging decorations
Welcoming guests and answering questions-tea volunteers will have opportunities to tour the museum and learn more about its history and décor
Plating tea and serving, assisting in clearing tables, food is prepared by a caterer and museum staff moves tables and chairs and finishes the major cleaning
Desired Skills: Tea servers should be comfortable standing for long periods and handling food. They should be personable and enjoy serving as hosts for events. Tea servers should be comfortable working in a team and managing a timeline.
The History Colorado Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of teens from across the state whose goal is to increase youth involvement in History Colorado and its museums by planning special events and creating opportunities for young history enthusiasts.
What is the age range for YAC? The age range is 11-19.
How long will each member serve on the council? Members will serve a term of two years.
When will YAC meet during the year? Meetings will be held from on the second Saturday of each month from 12:30 - 2:30 PM.
Where are meetings going to be held? All meetings will be held virtually, although members from the same area can meet at their community museums to plan events and work on YAC projects together.
Do I have to volunteer at the museum to be a part of the YAC? No, you do not have to be a volunteer at any History Colorado museum to join the YAC. The Youth Advisory Council is considered to be a volunteer position itself, and thus does not require any prior involvement in the History Colorado museums. However, we do expect all accepted members to volunteer at a certain number of community events at their museum(s).