Take your place in History…
Volunteer at Historic St. Mary’s City

By volunteering at Historic St. Mary’s City you will:

  • Become an insider at one of America’s most innovative living history museums.
  • Help to preserve one of the nation’s finest colonial archaeology sites.
  • Help to tell and re-create the story of Maryland’s first settlers.
  • Share your talents and interests with staff and visitors.
  • Learn about daily life in 17th century America while gaining new skills.
  • Meet new people and make new friends.
  • Be recognized and greatly appreciated.
  • Have fun!


Tour Guides

Tour Guide volunteers conduct 2 to 4 hour site tours for school children and/or adult groups. Tours explore the commerce, government, religion, law and culture of the daily life of the first Marylanders and the native Woodland Indians. On-site training is provided.

1667 Brick Chapel

Chapel volunteers explain the story of the early Marylanders who founded the first Roman Catholic Church in English America (initiating the concept of religious toleration) and the archaeological find of the Calvert family lead coffins, including Chapel reconstruction. On-site training is provided.


Event volunteers assist at museum events, lectures and concerts. Duties may include, but are not limited to, event planning and marketing assistance, set-up and take down, craft/demonstration assistance, customer service ambassador, receptionist and usher assistance.

The Maryland Dovevolunteer on the Maryland Dove
Volunteers on the Maryland Dove assist in the maintenance and repair of the tall ship replica of the Maryland Dove. Also assist in sailing and demonstrating 17th century style seamanship at off- site locations. No previous sailing or boat maintenance skills required.

Costume Shop

Volunteers assist in the Costume Shop to create, mend and detail the 17th century style clothing worn by site interpreters and guides. Basic sewing skills required. Knitters and embroiderers are also welcome.


Administrative volunteers assist in a wide variety of technical, IT, clerical and customer service duties such as production of marketing materials, data entry, membership maintenance, reception tasks and event preparation.

Public Programs

Volunteers assist the Education staff in developing, preparing, and implementing museum programs and events.

volunteer to perform in historic tour
St. Maries Citty Militia
Militia volunteers demonstrate 17th century militia life, period costumes and weaponry on-site and at other historic sites. Visit the St. Marie’s Citty Militia website to learn more.

Garden & Grounds

Garden volunteers help to re-create and maintain on-site 17th-century and native landscapes and gardens.


Assists staff in maintaining museum on-site and wooded trails.

Visitor Services

Volunteers help greet and assist visitors at HSMC’s Visitor Center, The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary, and St. John’s Site Museum.

Costumed Interpreters

Demonstrate the daily life of the first Marylanders at Town Center or the Godiah Spray Plantation sites.  On-site training is provided.

Maintenance Projects

Assists staff in facility maintenance and rehab projects by donating painting, carpentry, masonry, electrical, and/or plumbing skills.


The Terra Mariae Society is open to home-schooled youth between the ages of eleven and seventeen.
The deadline for applying is Friday, February 21, 2020.

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities or to obtain a volunteer application, please contact the HSMC Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@HSMCdigsHistory.org or call 240-895-4972 and discover how you can make a difference!

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