Mason County Historical Society seeks volunteers

LUDINGTON — The Mason County Historical Society (MCHS) has opportunities available for volunteer positions throughout the organization.

A volunteer open house will be held from 1-3 p.m. on March 8 at the Welcome Center at Historic White Pine Village, located at 1687 S. Lakeshore Drive in Ludington. Interested parties are asked to contact the office at (231) 843-4808 or email opmgr@historicwhitepinevillage.org to reserve a seat. If you are interested but cannot attend the open house, feel free to contact the society for more information.

Rick Plummer, executive director of the MCHS, said in a news release that volunteers are needed for tasks varying from interpreting to data entry and more. describes the needs of the society as varied and diverse, from interpreting to computer data entry, and more.

“Docents, interpreters, and gift shop/admissions clerks are volunteer positions which we’d like to fill with trained volunteers.” Plummer explains. “We have some dedicated volunteers who fill those jobs right now, but there’s always a need for more, especially with the upcoming opening of our second venue.”

Docents are those who do guided tours throughout the grounds. At White Pine Village, 29 buildings provide the perfect spots for interpreters to dress in costume and live life in the turn of the 19th century, though hands-on demonstrations of butter-churning, loom weaving, candle making, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, and the daily chores of a farm family.

Opportunities are also available for volunteers to promote the Ludington Mariners, the city’s Ludington’s own historically-accurate 1860s baseball team. The team, consisting of volunteer athletes, play 1860s-style base ball against visiting teams from across the state at the field at White Pine Village, and also travel to other teams’ venues.

The research library, housed at White Pine Village, houses over 80,000 artifacts and archives, which are used for historical exhibits throughout the village and as genealogical and historical sources for visiting researchers. The collection is in the process of being digitized for online access, and volunteers are needed to help input the data by computer.

The historical society has been in existence for nearly 80 years, and operates Historic White Pine Village, the Mason County Historical Research Library, and soon, the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum. At White Pine Village, thousands of visitors experience life as it once was in Mason County, with a farmstead, blacksmith shop, sawmill, a main street with shops, artisan center, and lumbering museums. School groups visit in the spring and autumn to experience history, with many demonstrations and hands-on activities.

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