DeKALB – The Ellwood House will offer a volunteer training series for community members interested in becoming more involved with the museum.
Sessions will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, and Thursday, March 12, in the museum’s Visitor Center and last two hours.
The Ellwood House museum is home to 10 acres of land and seven historic structures, including the mansion originally built in 1879 for barbed wire entrepreneur Isaac Ellwood. The organization seeks to engage visitors with authentic examples of ingenuity and architecture by sharing the Ellwood mansion, gardens and museum campus. Volunteers support every facet of the mission, from leading field trips and public guided tours, to staffing special events such as the Ellwood Summer Festival and Holiday Traditions, to helping maintain the Berg Garden and managing the front desk in the visitor center.
The first day of the training series, March 10, will focus on the story of the Ellwoods, how volunteers can get involved and sharing strategies for engaging with visitors. During the second session March 12, staff members Donna Gable and Brian Reis will give more in-depth talks on Ellwood family members, as well as architecture and restoration.
Ellwood House docents and volunteers receive invitations to special events and programs, as well as a 10% discount in the museum’s gift shop. In addition, those who contribute 20 hours or more in a year receive a free individual museum membership.
To register for the training series, visit timecounts.org/ellwood-house-museum or call 815-756-4609.
The museum, at 509 N. First St. in DeKalb, is operated by the nonprofit Ellwood House Association in conjunction with the DeKalb Park District.