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Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - west virginia, museum, heritage site, local history
Contributed By: Danielle LaPresta Parker
Email The Author: dlapresta@pawv.org
Website: http://www.pawv.org

The Marshall County Historical Society collects, interprets, and promotes the story of Marshall County, West Virginia, in order to preserve and showcase the significant history of its landscapes, industries, businesses, and people, so that future generations may draw pride from the heritage of their county and community. The Society also undertakes the preservation of historic buildings, monuments and markers, all designed to awaken public interest in our county, our state and our nation’s historic past. It manages the Historic Cockayne Farmstead, a municipally owned historic house museum, heritage tourism site and educational center consisting of an historic, national register listed farmhouse built ca. 1850, a prehistoric earthen mound, and a large collection of 19th Century family artifacts and documents spanning the family’s residence from 1850-2001. The mission of the Cockayne Farmstead is “To develop an educational and cultural center from a unique historic property that will nurture individual creativity and artistic expression, encourage the development of leadership skills and community pride through education of the rich cultural heritage of West Virginia, and promote tourism and foster economic development for the betterment of the citizens of our State and our Nation.”

This project is for someone wanting to gain experience in managing a historic site as it is a multi-faceted project meant to promote cultural heritage tourism and community use of the various historical resources. The goal of this project is to increase community visibility and promote the image of the Historical Society to the local area, especially to the local school system.

The member will typically serve three to four days a week at Cockayne and one to two days a week at the Museum, to total five days, with some occasional weekend hours. They will be responsible for the following:

  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers for events, educational outreach, and museum collection management.
  • Organize, classify, conserve, and store printed documents and objects. 
  • Providing guided tours of the Cockayne Farmstead to visitors.
  • Promoting the Farmstead and Museum as heritage tourism venues.
  • Development of programming, especially for students.
  • Research specific topics related to Marshall County History, focusing especially on early Marshall County businesses and locating early Marshall County obituaries for genealogy research.
  • Digitize historical photographs.

Full-time members (1700 hours, approximately 40 hours a week) will receive a $20,000 annual stipend, paid in 23 equal installments on the 15th and 30th of each month.  Workers compensation insurance will be provided. Group health insurance is available for full-time members who do not have health insurance or do not qualify for Medicaid. A childcare subsidy is available for qualified full-time members. Unemployment coverage is not included. 

AmeriCorps members will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon the successful completion of their term of service.  The educational award for full-time members is equivalent to the federal Pell Grant amount for that year. The award amounts are subject to change annually. In the 2021-2022 program year, the award was $6,495 for full-time members.

New this year! All AmeriCorps members serving in West Virginia will also receive 2 tuition waivers for 2 separate semesters at a West Virginia public institution. More information available upon request.

 


Keywords: west virginia, museum, heritage site, local history

Posted: September 22, 2022
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