It's a land in which we often impose our dreams. This notion of vastness, . . . this notion of unknown empty spaces in which you can project then all kinds of images, all kinds of dreams and aspirations onto the land.

~ Alex Sargoza, A Land Between Rivers, 2006

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Barefoot boys, Fowler, California, 1914. Paul Hutchinson Glass Plate Negative Collection

Be a History Volunteer!


Become a Volunteer

Volunteers play an important role in fulfilling the Historical Society's mission of serving as a center of the Fresno County and San Joaquin Valley history. Volunteers take on a variety of projects, requiring many different talents and skills. Some include working directly with regional history, some might lead to the development of new skills, all of them lead to sharing yourself and some of your expertise with the community. 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. It’s a vital part of helping preserve and share the history of the San Joaquin Valley. 



Event volunteers donate their time at least once a month at Historical Society events, including the Civil War Revisited, History Happy Hours, programs, or Christmas at Kearney.

Event volunteers are called upon to assist with set up and tear down during events at Kearney Mansion Museum and other locations in Fresno. Events are usually in the evening, often on Thursday nights, or on weekends. Shifts vary depending on the event. Benefit is access to the event/presentation without having to purchase a ticket. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, able to lift 15 lbs., able to climb stairs, and have their own transportation. 



Archivies volunteers work under the supervision of Archivist Katy Hogue. Duties may include, historical research and writing about collections or other local history topics, processing collections and creating finding aids, digitizing photographs and documents, inventorying archival storage areas, and/or assisting with special research and education projects. The archivists provides orientation, training and supervision for all volunteers. There have been a number of volunteers over the years who have enjoyed volunteering a morning or afternoon a week which has allowed them to take on long-term projects.  

Archives volunteers must be available to commit to working a minimum of 3-4 hours/week Tuesday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, able to lift 15 lbs., able to climb stairs, and have their own transportation. 


Active volunteers, who committ to at least 12 hours/month, receive a 20% discount in the Historical Society’s Museum Store. Build your resume with volunteer experience at a local nonprofit.

If you would like to explore volunteer opportunities, we would very much like to talk with you. If you are interested in volunteering in the Fresno Historical Society Archives, please fill out our Volunteer Application

Last Updated Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 04:34 PM.