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Building Interpreters

Building Interpreters tell the stories of the past and how they relate to the present inside the historic museum buildings. Through their interpretation, these volunteers provide an exciting and engaging experience that stimulates conversation and promotes an appreciation of Naperville’s history. 
  • Interpreter volunteers must be at least 18 years old
  • Have the option of wearing 19th century clothing   
  • Applications are accepted year-round. The winter training season begins in late January/early February. The summer season training begins in early June.
  • April-October (Summer Season): Two 3½-hour shifts per month and at special events. 
  • June, July, and August: Four 3½-hour shifts (with at least two weekend shifts) per month. These months are often the busiest, especially during the weekends.

During the Summer Season, the museum is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1–4 p.m.

Additional volunteer opportunities are available during the school season (November through March).  Additional training is required for this role. 


History Connectors
History Connectors will work with our staff on special hands-on activities, which include activity carts or public programs like Settlement Sundays, Camp Naper summer camp (must be 16 years and older), Girl Scout programs and more.    
  • Must be 14 years and older
  • Must be outgoing and engaging with the public
  • May work alone or on a team
  • Applications are accepted year-round. The winter training session begins in late January/early February. The summer season training begins in May.

There are two service options for History Connectors:

  • Two 3 ½- hour shifts per month, weekday or weekend, April through October.
  • Four 3 ½- hour shifts per month, weekday or weekend, in June, July and August

During the Summer Season, the museum is open Tuesday–Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.  

Junior Volunteers
Junior Volunteers play old-fashioned games, demonstrate chores and other activities related to a child's life in the 19th century during the museum’s Summer Season (April through October).

  • Youth currently in grades 4-7 in the month of January 
  • Wear period appropriate clothing (i.e. overalls or dresses)
  • Applications are accepted year-round with training in February/March
  • Mandatory parent/guardian informational meetings are held in early February
  • One three-hour weekend shift in April, May, September and October and two three-hour shifts consisting of on weekday (Thursday or Friday) and one weekend in June, July and August.

2017 Summer Season:  Interested in becoming a Junior volunteer for the 2017 Summer Season? Please email  or complete our online application to be added to the 2017 list.  


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