Youth Outreach Volunteers
Each year, the Historical Society partners with local Boys & Girls Clubs in the community, an organization that provides enrichment programs for underserved youth throughout the community.
Our Junior Historian Project combines field trips with hands-on activities to engage kids in the historic architecture and cultural landscapes of Minnehaha County. Volunteers typically help with research, instruction, docenting, and chaperoning.
Pioneer Lane, a historical village at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, demonstrates the life settlers endured in the late 1800s. Pioneer Lane Camp Outs bright history to life and provides kids a first hand look at exactly how people use to live. This program is a partnership between MCHS, the Century Fund, and Boy & Girl Scouts of America.
Adventures in Architecture introduces an alternative aspect to the students’ design education—the idea that while there are many opportunities for trained architects to create new buildings, there are also creative and fulfilling careers in the field of historic preservation and in the restoration and rehabilitation of existing buildings.
Volunteer support is needed with research, instruction, docenting, and chaperoning of both of these programs.