Built in the 1840's in Canton by the maternal grandparents of Ida McKinley. The house was home to William and Ida McKinley for about 28 years, while he was serving in Congress and Governor of Ohio. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the First Ladies National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service. Tours of the Saxton - McKinley House are guided only and take place Tuesday thru Saturday between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Tour Guides at the First Ladies National Historic Site interpret the history of First Ladies through the story of Canton Ohio's own First Lady, Ida Saxton McKinley. Our guides are specially trained onsite using various resources to give tours and convery to the public the importance of First Lady History and its impact on American History.
Tour Guide duties also include:
Welcoming guests to our site
Staying up to date on First Lady history to remain knowledgeable on the topic
Answering visitor questions related to First Ladies, our organization, the National Park Service and the Canton area
Keeping track of time to ensure tours stay on track
Qualifications and Requirements include:
Volunteers must be able to commit to a schedule of 8 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months. Training as a tour guide typically takes 2-3 months alone, depending on the individual.
Must be comfortable working with people of various backgrounds, beliefs and interests
Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time
Attend yearly continuing education training
Professional dress attire is required
Volunteer shifts are available Tuesdays thru Saturdays in 4 hour increments: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Our site is NOT open to the public in the evenings. To fill out a volunteer application, please visit www.volunteer.gov/gov and search First Ladies National Historic Site.