Why Volunteer With TCHA?
The Tippecanoe County Historical Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Tippecanoe County residents and visitors by collecting, preserving and interpreting our unique and exciting history. To make that mission a reality, we need the help of individuals who share our passion for history and education and want to help preserve and share local history with others.
Volunteering with TCHA is a wonderful opportunity to share our community’s history with children, families and visitors from all over the world. Visitors appreciate the stories of the real people who founded and built Tippecanoe County and willingly show their appreciation. Being a volunteer also allows you a chance to learn more about the people and places of our vibrant community.
A Unique Volunteer Experience.
TCHA offers several volunteer positions, so you are sure to find a place that meets your interests and abilities. Prospective volunteers must fill out an application and attend an interview. Each volunteer position requires on-site training, but no previous experience is required. Volunteers should have good communication skills, a willingness to learn, and feel comfortable talking to groups and children. All volunteer positions require training/ orientation sessions before service begins.
All TCHA library resources are available to volunteers when arrangements are made with TCHA personnel. Each volunteer will receive a volunteer packet that includes background information for their area of service and policies of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association.
The Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store, located in Battle Ground, Indiana, helps to interpret the Battle of Tippecanoe and the people and ways of life that were changed by it. Volunteers at the Battlefield Museum can help us tell this story by sharing information and artifacts with museum visitors in the galleries and out on the Battlefield. Extra volunteer opportunities may also be available to help with school programs, store inventory, and special events. Volunteers undergo training and are able to pursue their own areas of interest and to develop their own educational programs under the guidance of museum staff.
History on Tour is a traveling museum exhibit that brings the museum experience to schools and special events around Tippecanoe County. Volunteers can help maintain the truck and trailer, assist in exhibit installation, and conduct hands-on activities. Volunteers will need to travel with the trailer to help with exhibit and activities. Volunteers undergo training and are able to help conduct research and develop new exhibit ideas or activities for the trailer experience under the guidance of museum staff.
The Blockhouse at Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park tells the story of Fur Traders, both European and Native American, during the early 1700s. Volunteers wear historic clothing to help create an immersive environment for visitors. Volunteers help to maintain the Blockhouse Museum building and engage visitors in stories and activities relating to the history of Fort Ouiatenon. Volunteers undergo training and are able to pursue their own areas of interest and to develop their own educational programs under the guidance of museum staff. The Blockhouse is only open on the weekends, May through August.
The Genealogy Center provides many local resources for genealogy researchers from all over the country. Volunteers at the Genealogy Center create inventories, clean and maintain the library books and shelves, and much more! Volunteers undergo training and can help develop their own projects based on interest and the needs of the library.
The Tippecanoe County Historical Association maintains a large collection of artifacts, archives, photographs and books. Collection volunteers help to catalog, photograph, inventory, clean and maintain the collection. Volunteers undergo training and can help develop their own projects based on interest and the needs of the collection.
For more information, contact the Curator of Collections at TCHA at Curator@tippecanoehistory.org or 765-476-8411 ext. 5.
Get involved with the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon! It takes hundreds of volunteers to help put together the annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. For more information about volunteering for the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, contact the Feast Event Manager at Feast@tippecanoehistory.org or (765) 476-8411 ext. 3.