Volunteers are the backbone of the New River Historical Society. The society and its properties, the Wilderness Road Regional Museum and the Old Jail, operate solely with volunteer time, expertise, energy and devotion.
In addition to the organizational strength derived from the volunteer force, the collective intellectual contributions and organizational skills of volunteers have brought new life and visibility to the society. Our volunteers are the strength of the NRHS and visible advocates for the society. They have a credibility that flows from their belief in the value of the historical society; they volunteer because it is a personal choice, not a job. They not only extend the resources of the society, they enhance our programs and grow from the power of peer-to-peer communication. Our volunteers are more than extra hands. They manage the museum, give property tours, and assist researchers with archival material.
We would like to discuss how you can become part our work to preserve and share our community history. Volunteers have a sense of giving back to the community. They are expressing their belief in the value of the historical society and the preservation and sharing of our local history in work that is meaningful to them and to the community. Volunteers speak of learning and developing new skills through their work with the museum and society, and of the great enjoyment of sharing with and learning from other volunteers. They speak of the pleasure in doing such meaningful work, of activities that allow them to grow and share with others. If you would like to contribute time or expertise to the NHRS, please contact us by calling the museum at 540-674-4835.