Volunteer Opportunities Available at Village of Orland Park History Museum

Volunteer Opportunities Available at Village of Orland Park History Museum
Posted on 10/13/2017

History lovers are needed to volunteer at the Village of Orland Park History Museum.

Located in the Beacon Avenue Old Village Hall at 14415 South Beacon Avenue, the museum showcases the area's history dating back to the mid-1800s. The Beacon Avenue site was the location of Orland Park's village hall from when the village was incorporated in 1892 through November, 1989 when the Village Center complex was built on Ravinia Avenue.

"We've had a great response to the museum since its debut in April, 2016," said Trustee Kathy Fenton, the village board liaison to the museum. "The museum board and its curator have planned wonderful events that bring Orland Park history to life and the community has been very receptive."

The museum is open Thursdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no charge for admission during regular museum hours. There are costs for different museum special exhibits and programs. Group tours are available by request.

"Volunteers can do whatever interests them," said Curator Sarah Konzen. "We're looking for help with tours, greeting visitors, research, re-housing photographs and research materials and processing donations."

Responsible students needing community service hours are invited to volunteer as are adults wanting to help. History or related college majors can earn internship or college credit for helping at the museum. Volunteers need not live in Orland Park.

"Helping at the museum is a great way to get involved in the community and to help share Orland Park's history," Fenton said. "This is a nice opportunity to help."

Konzen added, "We're also looking for help with digitizing photos and documents that we will be placing on the museum's website. We have a number of areas where we need help."

Details about the museum can be found at http://www.orland-park.il.us/index.aspx?NID=2427. Annual museum memberships are available for $10 for individuals and $20 for families. Museum members receive free admission for all special exhibits and events as well as email notifications about exhibits and events. Members receive a 10 percent discount on all items sold through the museum.

Those interested in volunteering at the museum can email Sarah Konzen at museum@orlandpark.org or call the museum at 708/873-1622.