How to Become Involved


Volunteer to help at a local historical society, museum, historic foundation, or historic preservation regional office. A list of historical societies is available online from the Library of Virginia. The Virginia Association of Museums has information about museums around the state and contacts about volunteer needs. DHR regional preservation offices are located in Richmond, Newport News, Roanoke, and Winchester. All need volunteer help. Interested? Contact the office nearest you.

Volunteer to teach an SOL-based history, archaeology, preservation, or other related activity in your local schools or museums.  The department's Archaeology Resources Kit (ARK) is available on loan to bring archaeology first hand to students. The National Park Service's Teaching With Historic Places presents a variety of products and activities that help teachers and volunteers bring historic places into the classroom.

Volunteer to do field work at an archaeological excavation.  To find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities, contact your nearest regional office or your local Archeological Society of Virginia chapter. 

Join in Chesapeake Bay Gateways efforts. DHR is one of 15 non-profit state and federal partners in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, working together to develop natural and historic attractions in the Bay area. Please visit Chesapeake Bay Gateways  to find out more about volunteer opportunities.

Join in statewide environmental campaigns to clean up your historic site, district, or waterway. Sponsor a clean-up, planting, or fix-up event at your site during Stewardship Virginia, a statewide initiative held annually to help citizens with projects that enhance and conserve Virginia's natural and cultural resources.

Museums and Historic Sites

Organize a Virginia Archaeology Month event. Join in the Virginia Archaeology Month activities in October. Forty institutions around the state are sponsoring exhibits, lecture series, tours, and children's events. For more information, visit the complete Archaeology Month section under DHR Archaeology on this site.

Join TimeTravelers. More than 280 museums and historic sites in Virginia participate as destinations in the TimeTravelers program.

How to Become Involved       


Volunteers/Museums/Historic Sites

Toolbox volunteer Russell Darden teaches Boy Scouts about their heritage using DHR's Archaeology Resource Kit.

This volunteer is uncovering objects in the subsoil in the corner of a root cellar.

Boswell's Tavern, in Louisa County, has been a landmark for travelers since 1735.

Visitors to Historic Crab Orchard Museum, in Tazewell County, can get their TimeTravelers passports stamped and enjoy folk music.

Roanoke's Market District has served the community for over a century. It is now the focus of ongoing revitalization.