Etowah Historical Society

since 1954

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and contribute greatly in so many ways.

You probably live here - at least in part - because you value and are interested in our community's lively history. Our community has so many talented people --- your volunteer support will make the historical society a success. We need your ideas and your input to help us develop the best programs possible.

Volunteering with the Etowah Historical Society provides an array of  opportunities to get connected to those working to preserve our cultural heritage. There are few things more enjoyable than exercising your talents!  If you have some time to share, we can promise you great opportunities to learn and practice your skills in the company of wonderful people. Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Etowah Historical Society. Becoming a EHS volunteer is an excellent way to learn more about our history, to meet fellow history enthusiasts, and, most importantly, to contribute to the Society's mission to preserve and teach about the history of Etowah County. Volunteer opportunities exist to suit people with varying interests, skills, and availability.

Opportunities abound within the many programs and venues of the historical society. Volunteers are the foundation of this old organization and several projects are always underway behind the scenes. We invite you to jump in! Here are some opportunities for the coming months.

  • Help plan and produce special events:  Every year EHS hosts special events like  exhibit openings and lectures. Interesting projects await creative organizers. 

  • Help catalog the EHS photo collection: We need assistance identifying and organizing a collection of over 15,000 photographs. This is a fun, never-ending project. Anyone who has lived in the county for a long time could be especially helpful identifying places and people but there's plenty of work for everyone. 

  • Join the EHS Oral History Committee:  We're begun collecting oral histories with 21st Century tools.  Help videotape and edit interviews with Etowah County residents.

  • Conduct walking tours:  Learn and share the history of Etowah's uptown historic districts and cemeteries like Forrest Cemetery.. 

  • Enter computer data: We're currently converting the records of our museum's collections into PastPerfect, a software program that provides greater access to our artifacts and archives.  We need help entering information into this program.

  • Become a docent: Welcome visitors to our facility.   Learn all about our community's lively history and share your knowledge with visitors.

  • Grant Writer Needed: Do you have experience writing grant proposals? We need your help. There are many opportunities for the Etowah Historical Society to receive grant money. We need an experienced volunteer to help us find sources, fill out the forms and do follow-up.

  • Press Person Needed  Do you have media experience? We need your help. There are many opportunities for the Historical Society to promote our community in the media. We need an experienced volunteer to help us write up and send out press releases, talk to reporters, tape lectures and take pictures at events, and to do follow-up press releases after events.

  • Survey historic properties: Are you fascinated by old buildings?  Do you have an interest in architectural styles?  Do you find yourself slowly driving around neighborhoods, just looking at houses?  Here's an opportunity to immerse yourself in your "old house" passion!  Surveying involves exterior observation and recording.  Documenting a building's architectural style is part of the process.  EHS will happily get you up to speed on architectural styles and terminology.

Volunteers are needed to help execute special events and programs offered throughout the year. Some of these are:, setting up exhibits, label items, data entry, cleaning museum, etc. Most volunteers are trained on the day they volunteer; a long-term commitment is not required. Their duties can include the following:

  • Preparing mailings

  • Helping run events on the day of the event
  • Making phone calls
  • Distributing posters, flyers, and brochures throughout the community (this can help all year, not just before special events)
  • Greeting and providing information

For a volunteer application, Click here and print


Contact us at 256-613-6844

or come see us at our facility at 2829 W. Meighan Blvd.

We look forward to hearing from you!






 To become a member of the Etowah Historical Society!  Click here print & mail

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ducational Programs- Presentations of historical interest. Current programs of history in the making.

istorical Markers - Markings of historical homes, cemeteries, schools, rivers, trails, public buildings

ignificant Preservations - Preservation of historical buildings, homes & landmarks

The Etowah

Historical Society

 P.O. Box 8131

Gadsden, AL 35902

(Physical address at

2829 W. Meighan Blvd.)







The Society meets every 2nd Friday night each month at Elliott Community Center, corner of 29th Street & Meighan Blvd. at 6:00pm.

Each month we have an enjoyable presentation and refreshments.

Come and enjoy!!!