Volunteer and Get Involved

Volunteer and Get Involved

If you would like to volunteer for the Society, please email volunteer@kenthistoricalsociety.org.

Here are some of the many opportunities:

  • Assisting with mailings
  • Working in the Archives
  • Host or Hostess at our events
  • Working on or creating programs
  • Publicity
  • Assisting with the gardens at Seven Hearths

Museum Docents

  • Seven Hearths is open annually in the summer months. Each year we feature a new exhibit and greet visitors who are interested in visiting the house itself.
  • Our large pool of docents work in pairs for 2 or 3 hour shifts to welcome visitors. We do not offer formal tours, so there is no need to memorize information.
  • The only requirements are an outgoing personality and a willingness to sit inside on a beautiful day.


Our files are located at the Tallman House, 10 Studio Hill Road, which is open on Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons.


  • Newspaper clipping and filing
  • Hours: Whatever time you can give
  • Requirements: An understanding of basic filing systems (general topics, cross referencing)

Museum software data entry

  • Hours: Whatever time you can give
  • Requirements: Good comfort level with computers and scanners.
  • Good understanding of database concepts.

Document Inventory

  • We have many old letters, deeds and other documents that are mixed in with our newspaper clippings. They need to be extracted, inventoried and properly stored.
  • Hours: 1 to 2 hours per month (or more)
  • Requirements: Gentle touch, steady hands, good handwriting, ability to work alone on a complex project once the details are explained

Seven Hearths/Gardens

George Laurence Nelson’s gardens at Seven Hearths need regular maintenance.

  • Hours: Anytime on Mondays, or on your own once you are familiar with gardens
  • Requirements: Ability to differentiate weeds from desirable plants, tolerance of heat, humidity and bugs, strong back
  • Rewards: Take home excess perennials when we thin out the gardens

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