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The HAHS is a membership-based organization. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Click here for a printable membership brochure with more information. Complete and mail the membership form to: Hanover Area Historical Society | P.O. Box 305 | Hanover, PA 17331

– or – sign up ONLINE

Volunteer Opportunities

The Hanover Area Historical Society has a number of standing committees, ad hoc committees and other opportunities to volunteer to support the organization and our community. Volunteers must be HAHS members.

Standing Committees

Docents

WHEN:

  • Wednesdays, 10 am.-3 pm
  • Saturdays, 12-3 pm
  • Other dates as needed

(No tours January – March)

DESCRIPTION:

  • Provide guides for tours of the Warehime-Myers Mansion and Neas House 
  • Staff the Christmas Tree Tours

OTHER INFO:

  • Information is provided to all docents
  • New docents have the opportunity to shadow more experienced docents

Facilities

WHEN:

  • As needed for ongoing maintenance
  • November – set up for Christmas Tree Tours
  • January – breakdown Christmas trees/ decorations

DESCRIPTION:

  • Maintain the Neas House, Warehime-Myers Mansion and the History Museum located in the Mansion’s Carriage House

Garden

WHEN:

  • Spring – Fall: Monday evenings
  • On your own schedule

DESCRIPTION:

  • Weeding, watering, planting annuals and generally making the lawn look good at both the Mansion and the Neas House

Library

WHEN:

  • Fridays, 9 am – 12 pm
  • Monday – Friday depending on the availability of a senior person

DESCRIPTION:

  • Specialized clerical tasks, preservation of materials and to conduct research

Marketing

WHEN:

  • 1st Mondays at 11:30 am

DESCRIPTION:

  • Promotes the Society through various forms of media and assists other committees in promoting their activities

OTHER INFO:

  • Occasional grant writing

Membership

WHEN:

  • 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm 
  • Other scheduled work sessions as needed

DESCRIPTION:

  • Informs the membership of renewal/expiration dates and levels of membership 
  • Processes new memberships 
  • Initiates the annual appeal drive

OTHER INFO:

  • Compose or update letters/forms
  • Prepare for mailing 
  • Process and acknowledge new/renewed memberships

Museum

WHEN:

  • Work session: Mondays, 9 am – 12 pm on 3rd floor of Mansion
  • Tours: Wednesdays, 10 am-3 pm
  • Tours: Saturdays, 12-3 pm
  • Other dates as needed

(No tours January – March)

DESCRIPTION:

  • Identify, acquire, accession and process objects, artifacts and photographs that were made or used in and/or that display the historical significance of Hanover 
  • Manage/maintain the History Museum: staffing it during tour hours, routine cleaning and updating permanent exhibits or preparing rotating exhibits

OTHER INFO:

  • No elevator to 3rd floor
  • Experience with PastPerfect software useful, but not required
  • Information is provided to all Museum greeters
  • New greeters have the opportunity to shadow more experienced greeters

Program

WHEN:

  • As needed for events

DESCRIPTION:

  • Coordinate community events for the Society that bring public awareness of Hanover’s history and the positive impact of the Society: includes lectures, lawn concerts and more. 
  • Staff the activities and help with set-up and breakdown of chairs, tents, etc.

Travel

WHEN:

  • 1st Mondays at 7:00 pm via Zoom
  • Volunteers needed on the tour buses to serve as tour captains or assistants to the captain

DESCRIPTION:

  • Provide educational, cultural, historical and social opportunities for HAHS members and the community at large via coach tours to diverse destinations

DESCRIPTION:

  • Offer 4-5 tours per year

Other Ways to Support HAHS

Give local York

WHEN:

  • 1st Friday of May and leading up to that date

DESCRIPTION:

  • Generate ideas on how to raise more money and for content ideas on the GLY site
  • Help with mailings to membership and other promotional activities

OTHER INFO:

  • GLY is a significant revenue source for HAHS

Media

Newsletter:

When: Bi-monthly
Description:
– Obtain sponsors
– Backup for the compilation and mailing of the newsletter
Other Info: Publisher experience a plus but not required

Social Media:

When: Ongoing
Description: Backup lead volunteers
Other Info: Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

Website:

When: Ongoing
Description: Take lead as webmaster or backup the current webmaster
Other Info: WordPress experience needed

Neas House Textile Team

WHEN:

  • Work session:  Thursdays, 9am – 12 pm
  • Open Houses: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 12-3 pm or by appointment
    (Closed January-March)

DESCRIPTION:

  • Organize, catalog, photograph and conserve textile items stored at the Neas House
  • Showcase these items of historical significance
  • Display them at regular exhibits/open houses of the Neas House

OTHER INFO:

  • When this team is working on HAHS’ textile collection, they are acting as a sub committee of the Museum Committee. Other activities fall under other standing committees as appropriate.

Snack Town Street Fair

WHEN:

  • 3rd Saturday in July, 8 am – 4 pm
  • Leading up to the event
  • Load truck the day before

DESCRIPTION:

  • Help plan booth activities
  • Load/unload truck & set-up/breakdown booth
  • Staff booth in 2-hour shifts in teams of at least two people
  • Help recruit booth volunteers

DESCRIPTION:

  • HAHS has a booth at this annual community event: promote HAHS, hand out literature, sell merchandise; Neas House is open from 9 am-3 pm

Special Events

WHEN:

  • Varies

DESCRIPTION:

  • Assist at special events with crowd control, parking, set-up/breakdown or as needed

Other Info:

  • Examples: Easter Egg Hunt, Lawn Concerts, Christmas Teas

Specialized Opportunities to Volunteer

Please use the Contact Us form if you have specialized skills you can offer, e.g., grant writing, sustainability/development experience, graphic design, guest lecturer, youth leader.

Volunteer Photo Gallery

HAHS Has a Variety of Ways to Volunteer

Be a docent, pull weeds with the Garden Committee, volunteer at Hanover’s annual street festival, help in the Library… just a few examples. Here are some shots of volunteers over the years!