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As a volunteer driven organization, we rely on the time, talent, and resources that our community can provide. We always welcome volunteer support! As a small organization, we depend on volunteers to staff the museum and assist with collections and clerical work, as well as our youth workshops. Our volunteers learn the fascinating history of the Elizabeth Islands, develop skills, and meet new people. Our positions provide flexible hours and a pleasant, ever-changing environment. For students with community service requirements, or anyone looking to enhance their professional skills, this experience looks good on college applications and resumes!


The backbone of the Cuttyhunk Historical Society, docents welcome visitors to the museum, answer questions, and locate resources for additional information. Docents receive training and on-going support while working, must enjoy working with the public and have an interest in Cuttyhunk history. Shifts are typically 2-3 hours. Age 16 and older, please.



Filing: We need help filing! This requires a commitment to learn our filing system.
Miscellaneous: sorting, labeling, creating nametags, and making photocopies—whatever is needed.
Scanning historical photographs and records on our easy-to-use scanner.

Collections Work

Input information into our collections management database. Volunteers must be comfortable with learning new software, be detail-oriented and comfortable asking questions.

For consistency and planning, we prefer a minimum of two hours per week for all positions, but any volunteer time is welcome!

Contact us!

or stop by.


CHS President's
Volunteer Service Awards

CHS could not function without its volunteers, and we cherish them all. Each year the CHS President celebrates a devoted volunteer’s involvement by awarding them CHS’s Volunteer Service Award.

2023 Tammis Groft


2022 Maddy Goggin

2021 Kevin Mach

2020 Judith and Bill Archer

2019 Bev and Ned Prevos

2018 Paula DiMare

2017 Gail Blout and Nancy Twichell

2016 Patty & David Frothingham

2015 Dave Twichell & Joe Twichell

2014 John Drieze & Steve Baldwin (posthumously)

2013 Ann Conway

2012 Ann Kimball

2011 Libby Anderson & Nina Brodeur

2010 Kitsy Garfield

2009 Weezie Garfield

2008 Shelly Merriam

2007 Allie Thurston

2006 Kitsy & Wy Garfield

Smoke & Dave Twichell

2005 Dix Leeson

2004 Glen Goslin


“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.”
– Elizabeth Andrew

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