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Lee-Fendall House Museum

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Lee-Fendall House Museum

The Lee-Fendall House Museum is looking for volunteers to research collection objects at this historic house museum in support of its mission of serving as a historic, cultural, and educational resource for the community.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Develop a solid knowledge of the museum, its history, and the collection in order to maximize research efforts.
  • Conduct research on historic objects within the collection as directed.
  • Photograph collection objects.
  • Make changes/additions to PastPerfect collections management database as directed.
  • Ensure the safety and security of the collection, and follow best practices when moving or handling objects.
  • Attend training as scheduled by the museum staff.
  • May provide other collections assistance as needed, such as routine inventory and cleaning.


Manager of Education & Public Programs


  • Must enjoy working in a museum setting.
  • Research experience is required, as well as knowledge of history or art history.
  • Experience working with museum collections is preferred, but not required.

Time Commitment:

Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of 6-10 hours per month. Hours and schedule are self-determined but time spent researching at the museum must occur within the museum’s normal hours of operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM or Sunday from 1-4PM.


Training and guidance will be provided by museum staff, with a special emphasis on collections handling. Research guidelines and research report templates are provided upon start date. Access to free wi-fi is available at the museum but volunteers are expected to bring their own phone, tablet, or laptop if performing internet research on-site.


  • Free on-site parking
  • 10% discount in the museum shop
  • Free admission to the museum and special tours.
  • Free admission to many regional museums and historic sites.

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About Lee-Fendall House Museum



Mission Statement

The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden interprets American history through the experiences of those who lived and worked on the property from 1785 to 1969. As an educational center, the museum preserves its historic resources to promote community engagement about the relevance of the past to our present.


The Lee-Fendall House, located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is a showcase of American history. Since its construction in 1785, the house has served as home to several generations of the Lee family (1785-1903), hundreds of convalescing Union soldiers during the American Civil War (1863-1865), the locally prominent Downham family (1903-1937), and one of our nation’s most controversial and significant labor leaders, John L. Lewis (1937-1969). Throughout its history, the home was also lived and worked in by generations of enslaved and free African Americans.

Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden614 Oronoco St.Alexandria, VA 22314



  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • History
  • Research


  • People 55+


  • 6-10 hours per month.
  • Must use own laptop or device to perform internet research.

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