1950s House Museum and Archive Collection Volunteers Park Forest, IL


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


St. Mary's Catholic Church227 Monee RoadPark Forest, IL 60466

Two graduate Library School interns work on projects in the Archive Office.


Jane Nicoll, Archivist and Museum Director for the Park Forest Historical Society is looking for volunteers who are interested in Park Forest history. Ms, Nicoll trains archivists to work in the Archive Office at 227 Monee Road and Docents for tours through the museum, also nowlocated at 227 Monee Road. You can assist Jane in the archive office: file, copy and store documents, do data entry into PastPerfect, accession collections at her direction. Researcher's come by appointment to look at photograhs, files by aphabetical subjects, and Oral History Transcripts, among other things. The general public also comes to research for personal reasons. Students may contact Jane Nicoll about working in the archive, or about helping older docents at the museum, even if they are younger than 16. Docents give tours in the 1950's Park Forest House Museum (227 Monee Road). Enjoy escorting visitors to tell the early history of Park Forest and to show how Park Forest residents lived in original rental townhome units. If you remember that era, you can share your story with visitors. Call Jane at: 708-481-4252 for more information. Museum open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30; and by appointment. Volunteers work in the Archive Tuesdays, Thursdays (ca. 11-3) and Fridays, at least 10-12. Open to the public Friday 10-12, or by appointment. Shift choices. Jane will discuss training times with you. Volunteer or Intern needed to Document the Collections of the 1950s Park Forest House Museum Fluent in English language. Able to take detailed instruction and training. Able to read detailed information. Able to type detailed information into appropriate categories in the PastPerfect template (but there are non-typing volunteer jobs). Able to type with sufficient speed and accuracy. Possess clear handwriting for marking collections with accession numbers. Works well in a group project, with sufficient communication and feedback skills. We still very much need for volunteers to be able to give a number of hours, to return our investment in training. Able to discern importance of the collection to researchers' needs over time, and to extract appropriate details from the records which will aid volunteers and researchers in connecting with collection materials. Works independently, or with others as required. Perform other related duties as assigned. For intern candidates, currently enrolled in a History, Library Science, Archival or Museum Studies program. Or for a combination of Intern and volunteers. These are volunteer positions, with no benefits, except for the experience gained. The Park Forest Historical Society is a drug-free workplace. Transportation must be provided by the volunteer/intern. Public transportation in Park Forest is limited and does not stop near the Archive Office. The collection work will be done in the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Moneee Road in Park Forest, IL 60466 , and in the Archive Office of the Society, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest , IL 60466 . Some collection work may be done on the intern/volunteers' laptop and transferred to the Archive computer via thumb drive or email. All data entry into PastPerfect will be done in the Archive Office. Those interested in applying for volunteer collection work and data entry should call Jane Nicoll, Archivist, at her home, 708-481-4252; or email her via the website at www.parkforesthistory.org. See also Volunteers for Accessioning of Collection and Data Entry into PastPerfect Collections Maintenance Database. See Volunteer descriptions for many other possibilities on our website at www.parkforesthistory.org.


  • Curating
  • Research
  • Organization
  • Audio-Visual
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Data Entry

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • six months
  • We accept STUDENTS who need community service hours IF we can establish work hours.

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