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To preserve, promote and maintain the Fourth Ward School as a museum, archival research center and community cultural center through a diversity of quality events and prorams.
Volunteers enjoy learning the history of the school, its students and the local history of the richest place on earth during the late 1800s The 4 storied wooden Victorian Era school is a gateway for generations and tells the real story of theAmerican West. With this information, volunteers have the opportunity to conduct school and group tours and interact with museum visitors.
The archives and research center contains a collection of original school documents, maps, artifacts and materials related to the Comstock mining, buildings and citizens. Volunteers work with the collection and catalog, sort, label, conserve and input according to direction by the archivist.
Events at the museum include the annual Comstock Historic Preservation Weekend, Parties of the Year (a collection of unique adventures paired with gourmet fare at historic or recreational venues), letter press printing workshops, living history, Halloween haunted halls, and a Victorian Christmas. Volunteers can assist with event planning, preparation, mailings, set-up, serving, take-down, and clean-up depending on the type of event.
The administrative offices are staffed by the director and a part-time bookkeeper, who also buys for the gift shop, and handles the membership tracking. Volunteers can help with basic office tasks such as filing, mailings, errands, survey input, and miscellaneous activities.
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