Volunteer Tour Guide of Historic House

Job Description
Intern will work as a Tour Guide for Historic Home and Birthplace of one of America’s
great poets, Walt Whitman. Excellent opportunity to learn about Walt Whitman and the history of the period of his life (1819 – 1892).

At this historic site, you will walk in the footsteps of America’s famous poet, Walt Whitman, who was born in our farmhouse on May 31, 1819 and lived here until he was four years old. Built by his father circa 1816, the farmhouse is an excellent example of native Long Island craftsmanship and it is now a museum.

The Birthplace Historic Site consists of 1.5 landscaped acres with three notable structures surrounding a grand lawn. An 8’ bronze statue of Walt Whitman stands majestically in the garden. The Whitman Birthplace has been a New York State Historic Site and museum since 1957, and is the only Long Island Historic Site to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1985). The Birthplace was named an “American Treasure” by the 1999 Presidential Millennium Council, and it has been recognized as one of the five best-kept parks in New York State. We are in the application process to be named a National Historic Landmark.

In 2001, the Birthplace farmhouse museum was restored to its historical accuracy and the interior reflects 350 artifact furnishings typical in a “day in the life” of a 19th century Long Island family.

The buildings on the site are owned by New York State. The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) manages the buildings and operates all programs. We are open year round and we attract over 16,000 visitors annually. Visitors come from the world over. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet people interested in history, literature, poetry, and historic sites.

Responsibilities
Intern will learn the history of the Birthplace and the poet Walt Whitman. Intern will greet visitors in the modern Interpretive Center, showcase the exhibit there, then give a guided tour of the historic birthplace and its grounds through a lecture and conversation with the visitors. Tour lasts approximately 40 minutes. Intern must be sociable, an engaging speaker, and convey an interest in the subject matter.
Tour Guides may also assist at events which take place during the day or evening.

Time Schedule
Intern will commit to consistently working one or two days per week as Tour Guide, according to the summer schedule: Monday – Friday, 11 AM - 4 PM. Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM.
Intern will arrive fifteen minutes early and prepare for visitors. There are usually two or three Tour Guides who work each shift. There is time for a lunch break – there are kitchen facilities available.

Tour Guides are invited to attend most events free. Tour Guides are invited to work at all events

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