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Visitor Services Volunteer
Come join the best group of volunteers in the west! We are actively recruiting admissions desk volunteers at Golden History Museum for a minimum of one shift per week. (The museum is open six days per week and closed every Tuesday.) After checking guests in at the admissions desk, you may shift your efforts to better align with your interests. Potential duties include serving as a gallery guide, conducting collections research, and interacting with guests. At times, you may simply stay at the front desk to answer general questions. While your time volunteering is essential to providing a friendly and courteous experience for all guests, staff will also need your help for various projects throughout your shift. Shifts are from 10 am to 1 pm or 1 pm to 4:30 pm.
All of our volunteers, with the exception of corporate group volunteers and other single-day workers, must complete a City of Golden volunteer application and consent to a background check.
To get started, follow these steps:
- Complete the City of Golden Volunteer Application.
- Contact our Visitor Services and Interpretation Coordinator, Megan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-277-8713 to schedule your interview.
- Pass a background/credit check, conducted and provided by the City of Golden Human Resources Department.
- Come in for FREE training with Megan and begin volunteering!
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Volunteer extraordinaire Martha Gould was born in 1931 in Claremont, New Hampshire, and studied American history at the University of Michigan before acquiring a master’s in library and information science from Simmons College in Boston. Starting as a children’s librarian and storyteller on a bookmobile in the Bronx, Martha worked her way up through libraries in Oklahoma, Santa Fe, and Los Angeles until becoming the director of the Washoe County Library in Nevada.
In 1993, Martha was appointed by President Clinton to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. She served on NCLIS for 10 years, becoming the commission’s chair before retiring in 2003.
Martha received many awards for her work, but the two that mean the most to her are the plaque in Reno’s northwest branch library with her photograph and the inscription, “Once upon a time a unique individual transformed our libraries,” and a little silver plastic Oscar inscribed, “To the best Boss Ever” given to her by her staff when she retired.
Martha’s husband died in October 2005 and her son and family moved her to Golden in the summer of 2014. You can meet Martha while she’s working at the admissions desk in the Golden History Center on Thursday and Saturday afternoons.
Dennis has been a volunteer since 2008, first helping out in Collections and recently adding the Front Desk at the Golden History Center every Thursday. He started to volunteer because he’d had some contact with curator Mark Dodge, and when the City of Golden took over management of the museums, he felt confident in the museums’ future and wanted to contribute.
Dennis brings amazing knowledge and love of the Golden community to his job. He began working as a sheriff’s deputy for Jefferson County in 1971. Soon after he joined the department, Undersheriff Chuck Morse asked Dennis to take over as the unofficial organizational archivist, and to preserve and document the history of the department. Although Dennis was the first deputy in the department with a four-year college degree, his degree was in English and didn’t prepare him for suddenly becoming a historian.
On his own time, Dennis began researching objects and interviewing people. He developed a list of dates and names of past sheriffs and undersheriffs. On his last day with the department, Sheriff Harold Bray asked Dennis to interview him and preserve some of his memories. Dennis put his own money and time into collecting and preserving badges, handcuffs, body chains and photos. And when the time came to find a place for his collection to live he was courted by the University of Wyoming and the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC. But Dennis felt the collection should stay in Golden, and he has not only donated it to Golden History Museums, but is helping to record and document it.
Dennis retired from the sheriff’s department in 2004 with the rank of captain and now teaches part-time at Metro State University. We are proud to have him working with us, and you can drop by the History Center and meet him on most Thursdays. As Dennis says, “My collection’s in good hands and now I’m giving back.”