We had come to this dry area . . . and we had paused in it and built our houses and we were slowly creating the legend of our life. We were digging for water and we were leading streams through the dry land. We were planting and ploughing and standing in the midst of the garden that we were making.

~ William Saroyan

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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 Monday, January 20, 2020 - 10:08 PM.