Ellwood House Museum offers volunteer training

DeKALB – The Ellwood House will offer a volunteer training series on Tuesday, May 7, and Thursday, May 9, for community members interested in becoming more involved with the museum. Each session will begin at 5 p.m. in the museum’s Visitor Center and last two hours.

The Ellwood House museum is home to 10 acres of land and seven historic structures, including the mansion originally built for barbed wire entrepreneur Isaac Ellwood in 1879. The organization seeks to engage visitors with authentic examples of ingenuity and architecture by sharing the Ellwood mansion, gardens and museum campus.

Volunteers support every facet of the mission, from leading field trips and public guided tours, to staffing special events like the Ellwood Summer Festival and Holiday Traditions, to helping maintain the Berg Garden, and managing the front desk in the Visitor Center.

The first day of the training series, on May 7, will focus on the story of the Ellwoods, how volunteers can get involved, and sharing strategies for engaging with visitors. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend this session. Those interested in becoming guides of the 1879 mansion or 1898 Ellwood-Nehring House are encouraged to attend the second training session on May 9, when staff will lead attendees through a tour and explain logistics.

Ellwood House docents and volunteers receive invitations to special events and programs, as well as a 10% discount in the museum’s gift shop. In addition, those who contribute 20 hours or more in a year receive a free individual museum membership.

To register for the training series, visit ellwoodhouse.org/getinvolved or contact Audrey King at 815-756-4609 or king@ellwoodhouse.org.

The museum is operated by the nonprofit Ellwood House Association in conjunction with the DeKalb Park District.

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