Elwood House Volunteer Training

About this event :

The Ellwood House will offer a volunteer training series on Friday, February 1 and Friday, February 8 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 ten 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 February 1, 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 February 8, 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 by calling (815) 756-4609, or email king@ellwoodhouse.org.

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