Do you love delving into history?  Building layouts and running model trains?  Helping kids learn about Colonial life? Enjoy working in a shop? Assisting with museum collections?  Are you a weaver, woodworker, hearth cooker, or gardener with time and skills to share?
On Saturday, March 19, from 10 to noon, the Wilton Historical Society will be hosting an informal coffee and welcoming people interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities. Experienced volunteers will be on hand to talk about what they do, and to answer questions.

Volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling the society’s efforts to recreate and preserve the past for visitors. Our volunteers fill many positions, from costumed helpers with the Young Nutmeggers 2nd Grade and Young Yankees 4th Grade school programs to assisting with historic documents and records in the society’s archives in the History Room at the Wilton Library.

The very popular Great Trains Holiday Exhibition, which attracts thousands of visitors every year, depends on a cadre of dedicated “train men” who can indulge their love of model trains while bringing magic to children and their families during the holidays. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the collections, at the Betts Store (the society’s museum shop), and with the many special events and programs that are presented at the museum.

Please contact Amy Fallas-Kerr, volunteer coordinator, to let her know you will be attending.  Call 203-762-7257 or E-mail: info@wiltonhistorical.org. The Wilton Historical Society is at 224 Danbury Road. Information: www.wiltonhistorical.org

Did you know?

This country has relied on volunteers from its start: Colonists banded together to survive the harsh New World, forming support groups to help each other plant crops, build houses and fight disease. Benjamin Franklin developed the first volunteer firehouse in 1736, an idea that has become the country’s norm, as more than 70% of all firefighters today are volunteers. And during the Revolutionary War, patriotic citizens volunteered to organize boycotts against British imports and raise funds for the war efforts, and of course there were the famous “minute men,” who were a volunteer militia.