Museum Collections Volunteer

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McHenry County Historical Society

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Collections Volunteers help care for and manage the collections of the McHenry County Historical Society. All collections work is done onsite at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum Campus in Union. The McHenry County Historical Society seeks a qualified and motivated Collections Management Volunteer to continue a comprehensive inventory of our 3-dimensional collections storage area. Under the supervision of the Exhibits Curator, the Collections Management Volunteer will assist with collections management and care.

The Collections Management Volunteer will perform the following duties:

  • Catalog permanent and undocumented collections objects.
  • Research and supplement information in the collections database, PastPerfect.
  • Handle and relocate objects in the collection.
  • Complete basic housekeeping of collections objects.
  • Object photography.


  • Interest in local history
  • Descriptive writing skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Photography experience
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.

Collections Volunteer Benefits:

  • Learn about McHenry County history.
  • An insight to how museum collections are managed.
  • Hands on experience working with the museum collections.
  • Behind the scenes access to the museum collections.
  • Chance to make new friends and be part of an exciting team.

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About McHenry County Historical Society


6432 MAIN ST, UNION, IL 60180, US

Mission Statement

We engage and educate current and future generations by preserving and sharing McHenry County history.


Established in 1963, our members, staff and volunteers have an almost fifty-year track record rich in preservation, education, and entertainment contributions to McHenry County.

We create learning experiences and events. We focus on local culture, organizational and family history. We collect and care for notable artifacts. We participate in the activities of like-minded organizations, throughout McHenry County.

Besides operating the museum, the Society plaques historic sites and structures, holds adult workshops and classes, makes available traveling exhibits and arranges a wide variety of school and other group programs.

Arts & Culture
Computers & Technology


We'll work with your schedule.


6422 Main St.Union, IL 60180



  • Photography
  • Data Entry
  • Curating
  • History
  • Research


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Time Commitment: Preferred once a week for 3-4 hours. At least a 6 month commitment. Schedule is flexible. The office is open to collections volunteers from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays only.
  • Training Required: Attend volunteer orientation session, and a 2 hour collections management training session with Exhibits Curator. 

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