Volunteer Historian at Twin Lakes State Park

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FRIENDS OF TWIN LAKES STATE PARK

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Twin Lakes State Park in central Virginia has a rich civil rights history.

Originally called Prince Edward State Park, it was Virginia's first state park accessible to people of color when it opened in 1950. With precious few other areas to recreate in the outdoors, Prince Edward State Park provided a safe place for Black folks to go swimming, have picnics, rent a boat and/or a cabin. Visitation grew rapidly, and in its heyday the park would see thousands of visitors in a single day, and cars would be lined up on the side of the road because the parking area had reach full capacity.

There remains a population of people in Prince Edward County, Virginia, and beyond who have memories, photographs, and memorabilia of the historic Prince Edward State Park. Rangers could use any and all help they can get in order to get in contact with these folks, record oral or written histories, as well as locate and scan historic photographs/memorabilia. Additionally, the staff could use help organizing and cataloging the incoming information and materials.

Things to Note:

  • This opportunity can be completed alone or with a friend
  • This opportunity can be a one-time or ongoing project
  • This opportunity can be completed at any time, day or night, outside the park
  • Access to the park, including free parking for volunteers during service days, is included during normal operating hours (dawn to dusk, year-round)
  • Volunteers need not take on this entire opportunity, but can pick and choose portions of interest if desired

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About FRIENDS OF TWIN LAKES STATE PARK

Location:

788 TWIN LAKES RD, GREEN BAY, VA 23942, US

Mission Statement

Our members support Twin Lakes State Park through volunteerism and fundraising efforts. Opportunities range from things as simple as caring for the park’s pollinator garden or promoting park events on social media to carpentry projects and others requiring more manual labor.

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Who we are:

The Friends of Twin Lakes State Park is an all-volunteer non-profit organization. Some of us are young, some of us old, some of us are retired, some of us work full-time and can only commit to attending one meeting a year-but there’s one thing we all have in common: we love Twin Lakes State Park.

What we do:

Our members support Twin Lakes State Park through volunteerism and fundraising efforts. Opportunities range from things as simple as caring for the park’s pollinator garden or promoting park events on social media to carpentry projects and others requiring more manual labor.

Why we do it:

Sure it feels great to give back, but volunteering is also a great way to meet people with similar interests, make long-lasting changes to your community, learn new skills and pad your resume.

In addition to all the feel-good reasons, members of the Friends of Twin Lakes State Park are entitled to free parking and 20% off merchandise at the park.

How to get involved:

The Friends of Twin Lakes State Park meet on the third Thursday of every month. Some meetings are held at the park itself while others are held in nearby local businesses. Contact twinlakesparkfriends@gmail.com or call (434)-392-3435 for more information.

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Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

788 Twin Lakes RdGreen Bay, VA 23942

(37.17465,-78.30299)
 

SKILLS

  • Public Relations
  • History
  • Research
  • Journalism
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • No minimum or maximum time commitment for this opportunity; flexible
  • Ongoing volunteers and volunteers who wish to interact with the public on behalf of the park are required to pass a background check.

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