Wyandotte County has a rich history and number of historic venues that help tell story. These various venues rely on volunteers to help them tell that story.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Kansas City, Kan., is conducting a Wyandotte History Hunt where you can visit many of the places of historical interest in our community. Check out their website www.visitkansascitykansas.com and join the history hunt. As you are checking out the wonderful story of Wyandotte County that unfolds at these places, you may want to explore volunteer opportunities available.
Grinter Place Historic Site uses volunteers as tour guides and to help with grounds maintenance. You can register on-line at www.kshs.org/grinter_place.
The National Agricultural Hall of Fame and Farming Museum has a number of activities going on over the summer that rely heavily on volunteers. They recruit volunteers to help with the day to day activities of the museum. You can call the museum at 913-721-1075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can volunteer.
Lewis and Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point is the spot where the Missouri and Kaw rivers meet. In 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped there for three days, repairing boats, resting and exploring. Prospective volunteers can help maintain the park or help with special events. Go to www.lewisandclarkwyco.org for more information on how you can volunteer.
Another venue on the history hunt is the F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library. Like many libraries, volunteers are valued. Jobs include greeting visitors, working on the grounds, banding birds to name just a few opportunities. For more information and to apply go to www.kckpl.lib.ks.us and then click on the Schlagle Library.
These are only four of the historic venues on the history hunt. The volunteer possibilities in our community abound. For more information on how you can give, advocate and volunteer, contact me at 913-371-3674 or email@example.com. You can find volunteer opportunities by checking out the website, www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on Volunteer.
Diane Hentges is director of the Volunteer Center at the United Way of Wyandotte County.