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**** We urgently need volunteers to help staff the museum****
Please call 408-730-4695 to volunteer!
Many Hands Make Light Work!!
The Lace Museum runs entirely on volunteers and donations! Your time and money are important to the museum. There are several enjoyable opportunities at the museum right now.
Also check out the Volunteer Match site
Museum Wish List:
- White, 100% cotton sheets
- Cash register, simple, but computerized for tax calculations, inventory control, etc.
- Lights for photographing lace
- Fees for magazine ads
- If you live in the Northern California area: Please save your sturdy rolls inside wrapping paper for The Lace Museum. We have a number of wider pieces of lace that need to be rolled and we need your help. We will cover them with foil, and fabric, but the basic cardboard structure helps protect the lace from folds. Rolls can be dropped off at the museum any time we are open in January Tues. - Sat., 11 - 4. Thanks!
- the museum can use your extra cotton fabric, plain or print, for goodies to sell for the benefit of the museum, so clean out your sewing room and let the museum ladies have a go with it. Contact Karen
These are jobs that can be shared with others by setting up a rotation roster or choosing a specific event or workshop to coordinate. You need not be a lace maker to help. Please consider donating a bit of your time to the museum or, perhaps, finding an acquaintance who could use the satisfaction of being a volunteer.
- Lace demonstrators - click here for places and times
- We would be grateful to every lace maker who would make a bookmark or ornament or snowflake in any lace type to sell in our gifts hop. All of our museum expenses are paid with the generous donations from our friends and income from our gifts hop and workshops.
- Christmas ornament making - The holiday show at the museum always features lace-covered Christmas ornaments on display and for sale. The museum will provide all the materials; you can use your creativity at home to make unique one-of-a-kind ornaments for sale to benefit the museum.
- Docent/Tour Guide(s) - Welcome Visitors to the museum, conduct tours of exhibits, one to four days per month.
- Workshop Coordinator(s) - Take care of all details relating to a workshop(s) offered at the museum and sponsored by the museum off site. Organize, advertise, and act as on site coordinator on the day of workshop, variable time commitment.
- Development Coordinator -
Coordinate fund raising for the museum. Send letters, maintain lists, organize events to support the museum, variable time commitment.
- Several people are needed for a few hours weekly or monthly to help catalogue the collection. This entails spending a few hours at the museum, looking at pieces of lace in the collection and providing descriptions of the techniques,
measurements and condition of each piece of lace. This information will be entered into the
- computer (by other volunteers) and then will be available to museum staff and researchers for future use. This can be a one-time visit, or a regular event.
- Exhibition installation and design help - 3 times a year, the exhibit changes at the museum. This is a fun time to really get to know the collection as the old exhibit comes down and gets put away, and the new one goes
up. Have you ever wanted to be a window dresser? Do you have a talent with words and would like to write up descriptions of the objects on display? Would you like to research an exhibit topic and create
visitor information for a show? Come work with staff on one show or on all of them. We need another design team for an upcoming display.
- Sample Books - The museum has a large number of lace samples. These are fragments, medallions, and bits of lace that need to be organized into books or displays that will help to inform museum visitors about all the types of lace. Ideally we would like to create one set that stays at the museum and one that can travel to fairs, exhibitions and demonstrations. This is an opportunity that can be partially done at home.
- One or two people to create a set of videos to be used at the museum to demonstrate lace making when a lace-maker is not staffing the museum...