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Volunteers play an active part in the mission of the Oklahoma History Center (OHC) Museum, assisting with the daily and ongoing operations of the museum.

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Volunteer Benefits

  1. Complimentary Family membership to the Oklahoma Historical Society
  2. Access to reference materials, close working relationships with professional staff and periodic training sessions
  3. 20 percent discount on Museum Store purchases
  4. Free or reduced admission to training activities, classes, public events
  5. Annual Volunteer field trip
  6. Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

Application Process

Apply Online to Volunteer

Contact the volunteer coordinator at 405-522-0754 or steve.hawkins@history.ok.gov to request an appointment to discuss volunteering and complete an application.

Internship Information

There are Numerous Ways to Serve as a Volunteer

Gallery Hosts and Monitors

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Hosting and monitoring the Oklahoma History Center Museum galleries ensures the visitors’ safety and protects our precious museum artifacts.

Meet and Greet

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Being the first smiling face visitors see is one of the Oklahoma History Center’s most important jobs.


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The Oklahoma History Center Museum has over 110,000 items in the collection. Assisting with researching, cataloging, and photographing is vital to the care of these artifacts entrusted to us.

Special Events

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The History Center offers the best public events to the community. Volunteers may attend as well as participate in several different capacities.

Living History

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We welcome volunteers who incorporate historical tools, activities, and dress to give observers and participants the sense of stepping back in time.

Tour Guides and Docents

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After extensive training where they acquire a working knowledge of the museum, volunteers are encouraged to lead guided tours for our visitors.

Hands-on History Carts

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Hands-on learning is a rewarding way for students and visitors to explore Oklahoma history. Volunteers may wish to take part in this effective method of teaching.

Class Instructors

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Some volunteers enjoy sharing their knowledge in History Center sponsored classes. The opportunity to teach or assist in these classes is available.