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Volunteer Greeter/Docent at Historic House Museum

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ORGANIZATION: Camron-Stanford House Preservation Association

  • 10 people are interested

Volunteers have always been at the very heart of Camron-Stanford House, and we need you more than ever!

You Are
A lover of history. A person who genuinely enjoys connecting with other people and sharing stories. Perhaps you are a story-teller yourself! We warmly welcome volunteers aged 16+.

We Are:
Oakland's connection to its 19th century past. We are a historic house museum that prides itself on creating engaging exhibits, tours, and programs for our community.

Volunteer Role Description: Become a volunteer greeter at Oakland's Victorian Historic House Museum. Volunteers assist with checking in visitors and helping them along the path of our new self-guided tour. We provide training in local history, 19th century history, and house specific-history, and all the skills you'll need to help us make sure guests at the Camron-Stanford House have an enjoyable visit while you have fun engaging with our visitors and fellow volunteers!

Time Commitment: Volunteers are expected to contribute one or two three-hour shifts per month. Currently, Camron-Stanford House is open on Sundays, 11am-3pm.

About the Camron-Stanford House

The Camron-Stanford House is the last of the beautiful Victorian mansions that once surrounded Lake Merritt, and was the home to five influential families before becoming the first museum in the City of Oakland. The restored home helps visitors time travel to the 1880s and enter meticulously recreated living spaces while learning about the early days of Oakland as a city. In addition, the house presents various exhibits throughout the year that focus on aspects of life and culture in the 19th century.

More opportunities with Camron-Stanford House Preservation Association

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About Camron-Stanford House Preservation Association


1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612, US

Mission Statement

The Camron-Stanford House Preservation Association was formed specifically to preserve, restore, maintain, and utilize the property for the public as an historical and educational example of the architecture and lifestyle of the Victorian era of California, and to engage in activities related thereto.


The graceful Italianate Victorian structure is located in Lakeside Park at 1418 Lakeside Drive in downtown Oakland. The House is situated on the shore of picturesque Lake Merritt. The Victorian structure was built in 1876 and was the first of many stately homes that once encircled the Lake. During its time as a private residence, it was home to some of Oakland's most notable families. During the first decade of the 20th Century, the City of Oakland created Lakeside Park to provide public access to Lake Merritt and transformed the house into the Oakland Public Museum, the first teaching museum west of the Mississippi River. In 1965, artifacts from the Oakland Public Museum were transferred to the newly constructed Oakland Museum just two blocks away. The fate of the old, deteriorating Victorian soon came into question. A small group of individuals concerned about Oakland's architectural heritage came together in a successful effort to save the building from demolition. The group reopened the stately Victorian to the public in May of 1978 as a house museum. Today, it is more important than ever to protect the history and beauty of the past for the enjoyment of future generations. There is no special requirement for volunteering other than an interest in the House and its programs. C-SHPA draws its volunteers from a richly diverse community throughout the Bay Area. Please join us in our efforts.


Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


1418 Lakeside DriveOakland, CA 94612



  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills
  • General Education
  • Adult Education
  • Community Outreach


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • 3-6 hours per month (one or two three hour shifts)
  • Training is required-- history background training takes place online (recorded videos and readings) and in person!

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