ESSEX HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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P.O.Box 123, Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-0681 ehs@essexhistory.org

Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Essex Historical Society! There are many ways to get involved:

Pratt House Guides

EHS seeks friendly, responsible volunteers to serve as guides at the Pratt House Museum, the only historic house museum in Essex, Connecticut, for the 2023 season. Guides are expected to guide small groups of visitors through tours of the colonial Pratt House on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from June through September.

Ideal Pratt Guides are:
• Enthusiastic about local history
• Communicative with visitors, volunteers and staff
• Of any age or experience
• Responsible for arriving on time for shifts, opening and closing facilities

Incoming Pratt Guides are expected to attend two training sessions on Saturdays May 6 and May 20 from 1 – 3pm, as well as the final “kick-off” session on a date to be determined based on volunteer availability.

Please join us in inspiring and engaging the community and volunteer to be a Pratt Guide! If interested or if you have any questions, please email EHS Membership & Programs Coordinator, Andy King.

Collections
Join this group that meets every Tuesday or Thursday mornings at Hills Academy to record and keep track of the objects, photographs, books and archival material in our collection as well as answer genealogical research requests.

Weavers Polly Johnson, Barbara Hall, Mary Ellen Cozzolino and Jane Fuller

Weavers Polly Johnson, Barbara Hall, Mary Ellen Cozzolino and Jane Fuller

Weavers
Work the antique loom with the Essex Historical Society weavers in the loft of the Pratt House Barn on Wednesdays during the summer. Having created award-winning examples of woven textiles, the group is always happy to train interested members to use the loom.

Garden Group
Dig in and provide some tender loving care to the Essex Historical Society Herb Garden, the Pollinator Garden and property grounds. The garden is an early colonial type kitchen garden that demonstrate the many uses of herbs, both practical and aesthetic, and instructs in the pleasures of growing something fresh, fragrant and flavorful—even in a small space.

If you are interested in the colonial herb garden, please contact Pratt Guide Wendy Mawhinney. If you are interested in the Pollinator Garden, please contact Pam Peters from Essex Land Trust.

Historic Properties
Lend a hand and help maintain the historic craftsmanship and two of our most valuable assets—Hills Academy and Pratt House. If you are good working with simple tools, we’d love to hear from you.

Contact us

If interested in any volunteer opportunities or if you have any questions, please email EHS Membership & Programs Coordinator, Andy King.