Beyond the river stretches the interminable prairie, where the fields of harvested wheat lie wrapped in slumber; . . . . The light stealing upon the broad shadows, first touches the tops of the prairie wagons. . . . Then, making more and more progress, it shines. . . and at last, in full glory of splendor, brings out the yellow of the cultivated fields and the course brown of the sandy soil.

~ Picturesque America, 1872

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Volunteers play an important role in fulfilling the Historical Society Archives mission of serving as a research center for the study of the Fresno County and San Joaquin Valley history. The work of organizing and describing historical material housed in the Archives is advanced through the participation of volunteers. Volunteers take on a variety of projects, requiring many different talents and skills. These volunteers have the opportunity to interact with our staff, gain proficiency in historical research, and play an important role in preserving the Valley’s remarkable history. Volunteers are integral to the operation of the Archives.

Archivies volunteer duties may include:

1. Conducting historical research and writing about collections or other local history topics

2. Processing collections

3. Creating finding aids

4. Digitizing photographs and documents

5. Inventorying and cleaning archival storage areas 

6. Assisting with special research and education projects

Archivist Katy Hogue provides orientation, training and supervision for all volunteers. Archives volunteers must be available to commit to working a minimum of 4 hours/week Tuesday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, able to lift 20 lbs., able to climb stairs, and have their own transportation. 

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Last Updated Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 05:52 PM.