Volunteer with the historical society

We rely on volunteer effort to accomplish our great projects to preserve and share island history!

You may have searched through our online digital photo catalog or visited our online exhibits. The creation of these resources was only possible thanks to countless hours of behind-the-scenes work by volunteers.

All of the photographs and stories, papers (archival material) and objects (artifacts) that we collect need to be processed, or their valuable information will be lost. Historical materials and photographs are “ID’ed,” i.e. we record all of the pertinent  names, dates, and details.  They are then scanned or photographed and cataloged, which means all of the gathered information is typed into our computer.

Thanks to the generous loans and donations of family photo albums, postcards, newspaper clippings, and other archival material and artifacts, this is a never-ending task.

Another exciting aspect of our work is in the recording of oral history. We have conducted many interviews with both native islanders and long-time summer residents, and are always looking for more stories and for people willing to be trained to record or transcribe (type out) interviews.