Volunteer & Museum Guide Corps

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Be Part of History in your Community! 

Do you have an open mind and enjoy engaging with people who share a common passion for history, lifelong learning, and community engagement? Join Plimoth Plantation's Volunteer & Museum Guides Corps!  Volunteers & Museum Guides work in support of and alongside our staff fulfilling the Museum's mission to provide powerful personal encounters with history. They are: 

  • Guides on the Living History exhibits
  • Caretakers of historic gardens and landscapes
  • Greeters, golf cart drivers, and ushers at the Plimoth Cinema
  • Makers & innovators in the Marine Shop and at the Plimoth Grist Mill
  • Special programs and event support
  • Behind-the-scenes alongside our curators and historians

and so much more...

Each opportunity is different and may require its own unique blend of skills and experience. Many do not require a formal history background, and on-site training will be provided. All Volunteers & Museum Guides should be curious, enthusiastic, and eager to learn new things. The volunteer schedule is flexible and includes seasonal and weekend shifts.

For more information, visit www.plimoth.org/volunteer or email volunteers@plimoth.org.

2019 Volunteer Opportunities coming soon... 

Stop by one of our Volunteer Information Booths and discover all the ways you can get involved with Plimoth Plantation's Volunteer & Museum Guides Corps for the 2019 season. For more information, please contact volunteers@plimoth.org.


  • December 8, 2018 from 11am - 1pm
  • December 14, 2018 from 3pm -5pm
  • February 20, 2019 from 10am - 12pm
  • March 16, 2019 from 10am - 12pm


2018 Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has made a significant difference or had a lasting impact on Plimoth Plantation through his or her volunteer efforts. The nominee is someone who:

  • Exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism at our Museum
  • Demonstrates dedication to Plimoth Plantation’s mission, strategic initiatives, programs, and living history exhibits
  • Ensures an excellent guest experience
  • Upholds a passion for the preservation of 17th-century history and lifeways.

Submit your 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award Nomination

2017 Volunteer of the Year Award Winner - Congratulations, Carolyn Crowell! 

On December 6, 2017, Executive Director Ellie Donovan presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Carolyn Crowell at Plimoth Plantation’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Party. Fellow volunteer Charlotte Russell and Historical Clothing and Textiles Manager Kayla Grossman also paid tribute to Carolyn and her 40 years of service at Plimoth Plantation. Their remarks are adapted below. 

About Carolyn

Carolyn Crowell’s involvement with Plimoth Plantation stretches back more than 40 years. Although she has officially “retired,” her impact on the Museum continues to this day. For four decades, she contributed her skills as a generous teacher, intuitive farmer and stalwart New Englander to Plimoth Plantation.

Born on her family’s farm in Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, Carolyn woke early and worked hard, raising chickens and pigs, weeding gardens and developing a true appreciation for the land and its deep history.

Carolyn left Sandwich to pursue a teaching career, developing a true expertise in developing curricula to foster greater creativity in outdoor education. In fact, several years ago, Carolyn received a 50-year award from the Appalachian Mountain Club for her work establishing the Club’s education department.

When Carolyn moved back to the family farm in 1977, she joined the staff of Plimoth Plantation during an exciting time of change, as the Museum began to pioneer the use of role-playing to represent the lives of Plymouth Colony residents. She was the first to portray Elizabeth Warren, and she put her agricultural background to use knitting, natural dying, raising animals and working in the fields and gardens of the 17-Century English Village.

In 1988, she began volunteering in the Historical Clothing and Textiles Department. Every Tuesday, without fail, Carolyn could be found sitting with department staff and volunteers discussing everything from world events and family passages to straight pins and wool. She became known by her colleagues as the “master of patching.” Although it may sound insignificant, patching is essential for our colonial clothing program. It not only prolongs the life of a garment, it also adds to the historical accuracy on our living history sites.

In her remarks at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, fellow volunteer Charlotte Russell said, “Carolyn, Tuesdays will never be the same. I will miss you.” We all feel the same. Thank you, Carolyn, for devoting so much of your time, your energy and your innumerable talents to Plimoth Plantation for more than forty years.

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