The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization focused on preserving and sharing the story of Chicago’s Far North Side. We have openings for volunteers who like history or would like to get involved in one of Chicago’s most interesting, diverse and attractive communities. Our volunteers include long-time neighborhood residents, newer arrivals looking for an introduction to the community, and current students from the Loyola University Public History department. We welcome anyone who wants to be part of the community we all share, and we have openings to fit a variety of interests and schedules.
Event planning: Help organize and manage the Living History talks, help out with the Historic House Walk, get involved with planning our program of summertime neighborhood tours or join the project team for our upcoming Open Houses Of Worship Weekend. You can become an on-going member of an event team, or help out when you can with check-in and set-up at individual events.
Photo and collection organization: Our digitizing project involves volunteers who sort, scan and identify photos donated to the Society. We also need help categorizing and organizing the documents and artifacts in our physical archive. The photo team meets weekly, and welcomes new members.
Writing: We need writers who can help keep our members informed and involved in our events and programs, as well as those who can produce memoirs and research articles for The Historian. Experience in social media, marketing or journalism is especially helpful.
We also have opportunities for volunteers willing to offer their professional expertise in accounting, graphic design, data management and fundraising, or to serve as members of the Board of Directors.