Museum of Ashe County History seeks volunteers

Wil Petty Staff Writer

November 18, 2013

The museum of Ashe County History is looking for volunteers to help out during the winter months.

Ramona Renfroe, director of the museum said they are looking for people to help out with the public visitations and behind the scenes with processing items.

“We are looking for docents, so people that would like to meet the public and take them through the exhibits,” she said.

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to come by the museum in downtown Jefferson. There, volunteers fill out an application that gives the workers a general idea of what the person wants to do.

“We are looking for people who are interested in history,” Renfroe said. “Whether they are interested in the public aspect or working behind the scenes, there are ways to help.”

Renfroe said the background work has to do with a large amount of items needing to be catalogued and processed. These items are being stored for future exhibits, and the wintertime when they move several things around.

More volunteers will be needed in the spring and summer, when several community events take place at the Old 1904 Courthouse, where the museum is located.

“For public events, we will train (volunteers) on everything in the museum and events that are coming up,” Renfroe said.

During the winter, most of the work is preparatory.

For more information for volunteering, visit the museum which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Those interested can also call the museum at (336) 846-1904.