Archive volunteers provide service throughout the year
The Jacksonville Historical Society Archive volunteers provide over 2,000 work hours annually- not including the Gingerbread House Extravaganza! The JHS Archive averages sixteen consistent volunteers who work on a weekly basis. They assist Archivist Taryn Rodriguez-Boette with duties such as cataloging collections that are made up of books, blueprints, miscellaneous paper materials, photos, postcards, scrapbooks and many other objects. These collections are then made accessible to the public via our online catalog that can be searched via our website, http://www.jaxhistory.org/research/. JHS would not be able to provide the level of information to the many daily archive requests if not for the dedication, support and time volunteers give the society.
The age range for our volunteers is 16 – 87 years young! Many of these volunteers are the happy faces that great and serve you at the monthly program series held at Old St. Andrews.
A big thank you to all who volunteer! To learn more about some of our wonderful volunteers, please click the following links:
Not to be forgotten, the members of the Jacksonville Historical Society Board all serve as volunteers for the society. Thank you for all you provide to the society! To view a list of the current 2016-17 members and more details, please visit the JHS Board member page.
Biggest “team” of the year required for the Gingerbread Extravaganza
It takes a team to staff the Gingerbread Extravaganza, and the team of volunteers this year truly delivered. In fact, so much so, the numbers were the best in JHS Extravaganza history. Revenue from the three week event, to date, is $47,400, after expenses, not including the generous Delores Barr Weaver Forever Fund grant of $10,000, bringing the grand total to more than $57,400.
Volunteer builders numbered approximately 260, including students, logging 1,000 plus hours creating gingerbread houses and structures. In addition, 67 houses were entered this year, setting another record.
Day to day door volunteers and tour guides provided almost 400 hours! The volunteers offered friendly greetings, accepted donations, insured room safety, clean up and more. Some of the volunteers provided tours in the Merrill House. Student volunteers dressed in the gingerbread costume and offered up fun for both young and old.
Chair Robert Hennigar spent endless hours soliciting event underwriting and gingerbread houses. Joann Purdie served as operations mastermind setting up and taking down the mammoth infrastructure. Opening night, chaired by Maggie Means, and sponsored by the board, highlighted board efforts to thank the many volunteers and sponsors.
All in all, the volunteers are the fuel behind this important Historical Society outreach project and annual fundraiser and without the volunteers the event would be impossible.