Port Washington Historical Society


Membership & Support


volunteering - get involved and make a difference

You are an important part of our community and can help make a difference for the Port Washington Historical Society by volunteering any time or talent you have to share. We appreciate it all.

We have volunteer opportunities for teens, adults, corporations and organizations in just about every capacity – from restoration and preservation to archives and collections; from education and visitor services to marketing, fund raising and special events; and from programming and exhibits to general office and administration work. Know that there is something here for you, and you will find them all rewarding and satisfying.

how do you become a port washington historical society volunteer?

Upon completion of a volunteer application, an appointment will be arranged to discuss your areas of interest as well as the needs of the Historical Society.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Archival assistance
  • Mailing assistance
  • Bartending at special events
  • Maintenance – painting, yard work
  • Clerical work including clipping, filing, typing
  • Photographer at special events
  • Docent Opportunities at the Light Station and Port Exploreum
  • Poster and flyer distribution
  • Gardening and lawn care at Light Station
  • Seasonal decorating of venues
  • Greeter at Light Station
  • Special events planning and executing


Port Exploreum volunteers help with a wide range of projects, from exhibit maintenance, museum guide to administrative tasks.

Opportunities exist for our volunteers with our Educational Initiative, as well assisting with a wide variety of special events.

Thank you for being a part of our community! Call us at 262-284-2406.
Volunteer at The Port Exploreum

volunteer AT the 1860 light station

We give tours every weekend from Memorial Day through mid-October.

As a docent, you interact with the people visiting the Light Station, and give them a tour of the main building (the lighthouse proper). Docents are given the choice of giving tours of the entire 1st and 2nd floor and lantern room of the building, or just doing the 1st floor tour with another guide taking over the 2nd floor and tower portion of the tour.

Our current needs require someone either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Volunteer at The Light Station

volunteer AT THE resource center

There are numerous ways for you to assist at the Resource Center. Basic office hours for the Resource Center are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. On those days the office hums with the activities of many who are either filing, clipping or sorting historical documents and artifacts that have found their way into our office.

We can always use more hands to help with this work. We also need help with proofing, folding and mailing our Quarterly Newsletter as well as special event info.
Volunteer at The Resource Center
Mailing Address:
  • Port Washington Historical Society
  • P.O. Box 491
  • Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone: 262-284-2406