Volunteer

Volunteers Find Rewarding Opportunities

By sharing your time and talent as a volunteer, you can aid Indiana Landmarks’ mission to revitalize communities, reconnect people to heritage, and save meaningful places. Volunteers lead tours, greet visitors, help stage events, conduct research, write, take photographs, assist in the office, and work on special projects.

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Volunteer tour guides help tell the story of Monument Circle and the architecture that surrounds it in Indianapolis.

Volunteer Roles in Indianapolis

Docents

Volunteer tour guides lead walking and motor coach tours that show visitors the capital city’s downtown and historic neighborhoods and tell how landmarks contribute to creating a vibrant, livable place.

Indiana Landmarks’ docents come from all walks of life, many with little or no previous education in historic preservation, architecture, or neighborhood revitalization. We supply education about the city’s history and historic places, architectural styles, Indiana Landmarks and the preservation movement. We’ll train you to become a tour guide, and pair you with experienced docents for one-on-one mentoring.

Event & office volunteers

Indiana Landmarks’ campus at 12th and Central in Indianapolis includes the 1865 Morris-Butler House and Indiana Landmarks Center, a repurposed nineteenth-century church complex with two theaters, an art gallery, and our state headquarters. When we stage lectures, parties, and special events on the campus and at landmarks throughout the region, volunteers provide a welcoming presence, giving directions and answering questions while serving as ushers, greeters, ticket takers, photographers, and in other roles.

We’re very grateful for volunteers who assist in the office with research, mailings, filing, writing, scanning, and a host of other tasks that help us save vintage places and grow our network of members and supporters.

Landscape and garden volunteers

Volunteers who don’t mind getting dirty help maintain the landscape and gardens at Morris-Butler House at 12th Street and Park Avenue, directly east of Indiana Landmarks Center.

For more information on Indianapolis volunteer opportunities, contact our volunteer coordinator at 800-450-4534 or 317-639-4534 or email volunteer@indianalandmarks.org.

Volunteer Roles in Regional Offices and Historic Sites

Our historic sites in Aurora and Cambridge City welcome volunteer help with variety of tasks, from leading tours, setting up for events, and facilitating rentals to planting flowers, pulling weeds, and polishing silver. Contact our staff at Veraestau and Huddleston Farmhouse for details about volunteer opportunities at each site.

Many of our regional offices engage volunteers to help with office work and grounds maintenance, as well. If you’d like to learn how you can help, contact the regional office nearest you.

Volunteer Roles in French Lick and West Baden Springs

Volunteering at French Lick and West Baden Springs offers the rewarding experience of showing and telling an eager public about the amazing landmark hotels and their restoration. Volunteers have the opportunity to assist in every facet of day-to-day operations:

  • Conducting tours of the hotels and grounds
  • Selling tour tickets and merchandise related to the grand hotel period at our Landmarks Emporium in each hotel
  • Assisting in research and tour development

You’ll receive training and experience and skills you can use, and you’ll meet people from across the U.S. and the world. You’ll also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a difference by promoting historic preservation and enriching the experience of visitors to French Lick and West Baden Springs, landmarks that deserve celebration and wider renown.

We accept volunteers at any time, and conduct a training program each spring. Contact Sandi Woodward, Program Coordinator, 812-936-5870 or toll-free 866-571-8687 or westbaden@indianalandmarks.org.