Historical Preservation

Downtown Walla Walla Foundation

Fort Walla Walla Museum

Kirkman House Museum

Whitman Mission National Historic Site


Downtown Walla Walla Foundation 

Contact: Gina Grant Bull, Events and PR Manager, 109 E Main, Suite 302T, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-529-8755, info@downtownwallawalla.com

Mission: To promote the history, culture, and commerce of downtown Walla Walla.

Volunteer Opportunities: Multiple events all year long, historic property database maintenance, newsletter articles, poster distribution, clean up days

Required Skills: Depending on the task; writing, desktop publishing, data entry skills, positive attitude, strong back, willing to get dirty, grace under pressure, interest in historic preservation and/or design, experience working with city government, basically a willingness to do what needs doing with a smile!

Skills Learned: Depends on the project/event/committee. Knowledge of good design for a downtown; experience with and exposure to inner workings of city government and interaction between city and several local non-profits; chance to meet and work with local merchants and businesses; formatting and editing for newsletter and/or promotional materials; database management

Training: On a project by project basis. Event training tends to be 30 minutes prior to event, simple instructions.

Volunteer Types: 

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can help with a project occasionally when it fits his/her schedule
  • Individuals who can come help out once with a big project
  • Groups of volunteers who can come on a regular basis
  • Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project 

Fort Walla Walla Museum

Contact: Paul Franzman, 755 Myra Rd., Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509.525.7703, info@fortwallawallamuseum.org

Mission: Fort Walla Walla Museum's mission is to preserve and share Walla Walla's regional heritage.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tour guides, gardeners, building attendants, exhibits & collections, office

Required Skills: Physical ability to perform the requested opportunity; positive attitude conveyed to people visiting here from across the country and around the world, Microsoft Office for office volunteers.

Skills Learned: Work experience, which is exceeded by the knowledge of helping the community and enjoying the company of other like-minded people.

Training: Volunteers are oriented at the time of their choosing prior to assignment to tasks at Fort Walla Walla Museum.

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can help with a project occasionally when it fits his/her schedule
  • Individuals who can come help out once with a big project
  • Individuals who can earn credit (service-learning) by working with your organization
  • Groups of volunteers who can come on a regular basis
  • Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project 

Kirkman House Museum

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Kirkman House Museum, 214 N Colville, Walla Walla WA 99362, 509-529-4373, khm@kirkmanhousemuseum.org and/or visit www.kirkmanhousemuseum.org

Mission: To enrich the cultural heritage of Walla Walla by preserving the Kirkman Family home, sharing its history, and educating our community and visitors about domestic life in Victorian-era Walla Walla.

Volunteer Opportunities: 1. Docents-tour guides 2. Program Aides-Hands on History Children's Camp, 3. Garden Upkeep 4. Communications-media relations 5. Special Event assistance-Sheep to Shawl, Historic Home Tour, etc.

Required Skills: The museum looks for reliability and enthusiasm in its volunteers. More specific qualities depend on the volunteer assignment (i.e. writing and speaking skills for communications).

Skills Learned: Docents gain skills in interacting with, and providing information to, a variety of audiences. Program aides gain skills in developing and implementing education programs. Communication volunteers gain skills in preparing and disseminating information to a variety of media outlets.

Training: Each volunteer is oriented and given basic training when they begin their assignment. In addition, the museum provides ongoing individual and group training.

Volunteer Types: 

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can help with a project occasionally when it fits his/her schedule
  • Individuals who can come help out once with a big project
  • Groups of volunteers who can come on a regular basis
  • Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project 

Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Contact: Mike Dedman, Volunteer Coordinator, 328 Whitman Mission Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509.522.6360, mike_dedman@nps.gov

Mission: The mission of the National Park Service is to “…conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of same in such manner…as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” (The National Park Service Organic Act, August 25, 1916)

Volunteer Opportunities: Resource inventory and monitoring, stream restoration, tour guides, graphics document designers, historic document transcribers, historic activity demonstrators, science activity demonstrators.

Required Skills: Physical ability to perform the requested opportunity; positive attitude conveyed to people visiting here from across the country and around the world.

Skills Learned: Work experience, which is exceeded by the knowledge of helping the community and enjoying the company of other like-minded people.

Training: Volunteers are oriented at the time of their choosing prior to assignment to tasks at Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Volunteer Types:

  • Individuals who can come on a regular basis
  • Individuals who can help with a project occasionally when it fits his/her schedule
  • Individuals who can come help out once with a big project
  • Individuals who can earn credit (service-learning) by working with your organization
  • Groups of volunteers who can come on a regular basis
  • Groups of volunteers who can help out once with a big project