Thursday, June 10, 2010

Reader Question & Answer Column-A 9 Year Old Girl Wants to Work In The Village!

This month starts our first ever reader question and answer column.

Our question is from Olivia, a 9 year old girl.

Question: Can kids work at the Genesee Country Village & Museum? At Laura Ingalls Wilder Day last year there were kids who looked like they worked there?

Answer: Well Olivia, there are a number of volunteer opportunities in the village for children! Volunteers need to be at least 10 years old and volunteers that are 10 & 11 need to have a parent or guardian present. Children 12 and up can volunteer on their own.

Kids can volunteer:
  • At our historic baseball program to act as bat boys or roustabouts in the stands. We also have kids placed in the stands with baskets of 19th century toys to share with the crowd.
  • Working in the kitchen alongside out interpreters in one of our newest kid friendly hands-on spaces in the MacKay kitchen.
  • Helping out in the kitchens on tasting weekends and special event weekends such as the Laura Ingalls event.
  • Helping out in Thomson's tavern with period games & toys.
  • For those a little older, you can apprentice as a potter, tinsmith or at the Altay store.
Anyone interested in the youth volunteer program may contact Gail Fowler at

Have a question? We would be happy to answer it! Just click the email link on the right hand side of the blog!


  1. This is such a great opportunity for children! I didn't have my first volunteer/intern opportunity until I was 19, so it's great to see young children being able to discover a passion for history at such a young age.

  2. Our daughter sent in an application to be a volunteer but has heard nothing back. Does it usually take this long? We sent it in back in March.

  3. Jen,

    I'll look into it this week for you and get back to you!

    Thanks much for your & your daughter's interest! Please send me your email via our email link on the side!