Become a part of the Lincoln story at New Salem!

You are invited to join the volunteer family at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site.

There are several opportunities to serve:

Historic Interpreter
Historic interpreters wear period clothing in our reconstructed village and interact with visitors from all over the world. Interpreters are educated on the history and significance of the site and trained on how to engage with visitors. Interpreters can pursue a variety of period tasks and skills. No experience is needed!

Visitor Center Services
The Visitor Center Desk is the first impression for many of our visitors. Visitor Center staff greet and orient visitors and groups to the site, operate the orientation film, answer phones and provide general information about other sites and local amenities. Service at the Visitor Center does not require wearing period clothing.

Support Services
There are also several "behind the scenes" opportunities to serve at the site. Support services include mending and making period clothing, cleaning and assisting in care of historic buildings and collection, general cleanup, light trail maintenance and limited clerical work.

Please email or call the site to set up a time to visit and discuss service opportunities. Volunteer training is delivered through both formal sessions led by site staff and experienced volunteers and "hands on" by shadowing experienced volunteers, guided reading and ongoing experiential learning options. You will receive your training progressively and on an individual basis. All training materials are provided, including historical clothing.

Click the link to apply for volunteer service or email
(please indicate "volunteering" in the subject line).

Volunteer Service Application:

Already a volunteer? The VicNet portal is available below:

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Lincoln's New Salem
State Historic Site
Petersburg, IL 62675