LERNA, Ill. – Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site will explain the many ways volunteers bring history to life for visitors at training sessions April 1 and 2.
Whether your interests are in living history, serving as a tour guide, working in the visitor center or gift shop, or doing vital behind-the-scenes work, the site has a volunteer spot for you.
Enthusiastic volunteers are a major factor in the site’s continued success. Many volunteer roles are seasonal, primarily between May and October, but there are opportunities for year-round participation.
People interested in joining the site’s living history programs should plan on attending both training sessions. Everyone else should attend just the April 1 session.
Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Demonstrating practical crafts from the 19th century, such as weaving, gardening, cooking and woodworking
- Handling sales and guest assistance at the site gift shop
- Greeting and providing orientation for the site’s 85,000 visitors a year
- Helping with grounds upkeep, event set-up and some building maintenance.
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, a Gateway Site for the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, was the 1840s home of Abraham Lincoln’s father and stepmother, Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln. It is located eight miles south of Charleston and 14 miles southwest of Mattoon, Illinois.
The site is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. IHPA protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy. IHPA sites include ancient burial mounds, forts and buildings erected by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans.