Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Dear Abbe Volunteers,

Thank you for all the time you shared with us this spring, summer, and fall.  It was a very busy season here at the Abbe Museum, and you all helped make it happen.  For those of you interested in volunteering at the Abbe this winter, you'll find our current list of volunteer opportunities, dates, required skills, and staff contacts in the email below.

If you haven't yet had a chance to read the blog article written by summer volunteer Rebecca Kirkwood, I encourage you to do so.  She did an amazing job helping with a variety of projects, and her enthusiasm really shines through in that article.  You can find it here.

Recently we hired two new staff who will be working with volunteers, so I'd like to quickly introduce them:
  • Johannah Blackman is our new Marketing & Events Coordinator and will be working with Events Volunteers and the Culinary Arts Committee, which for 2013 will be led by volunteer Patti Selig.  Patti owns and operates the Cranberry Hill Inn, and has a wonderful collection of recipes if you are ever looking for culinary inspiration.
  • George Neptune is our new Museum Educator, and will be leading school programs, public programs, and tours.  Most of the volunteers who worked on educational projects and programs with Raney Bench, Curator of Education, will now instead work with George, while Raney focuses on teacher trainings throughout the state.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to meet Johannah or George, please feel free to stop by, give them a call, or send them an email. 

Thanks again & hope to see you soon!

Manager of Museum Services

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  • Annual Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 8
On Saturday December 8th the Abbe Museum will host our annual holiday open house.  This year's event is following on the heels of Bar Harbor's Village Holidays, and is a collaboration with the Bar Harbor Merchants Association.  Local shops will be offering discounts, deals, and raffles, and the Abbe Museum will offer free admission from 10-4, with refreshments and family activities available from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.  Volunteers are needed to help run family activities, including crafts and interactive educational experiences.  All family activities can be quickly and easily learned, and we ask that volunteers arrive by noon for "training" in their station.  Please contact Astra if you are able to help us during this community event; we are looking for 8-12 volunteers, from 12-4:30 on December 8.
Contact: Astra,

  • The Abbe Culinary Arts Committee
Next Up:  December 8 for the Holiday Open House : Holiday Themed Treats 
Want to enhance special events and create a wonderful Abbe experience?  Consider joining the Culinary Arts Committee who donate or prepare food for selected events. You can participate as much or as little as you like, but whatever you do will help people enjoy their time at the Abbe so much more! Too busy to bake a goodie or prepare a finger food appetizer? We also need bought items and will even buy them for you. It is that simple! 
If interested, please contact Patti Selig, Committee Chair, or Johannah Blackman, Events Coordinator, and we'll add you to our list.  We'll simply send you an email requesting donations a few weeks before each event, and you can let us know if you can help.  Foods and beverages are needed one hour before the event.  Please also label your food with ingredients, and your dishware if you intend to leave it for later pick-up.  As a final contribution, if you are attending an event for which you are donating food, come early to help set-up or stay late to help clean-up, and the staff will love you even more! 
Contact: Johannah,

  • Exhibit Fabrication & Installation
Month of January 2013
The Abbe Museum will be installing four new exhibits in 2013, with the first, Wabanaki Guides, opening in February.  During the month of January, volunteers are welcome to experience the installation and fabrication of this major exhibition.  Volunteer responsibilities would include, but are not limited to, mounting, cutting and installing exhibit graphics, light carpentry and painting, setting up and cleaning exhibit cases, assisting with mount making and installation of objects.  The following skills and abilities are required to volunteer in exhibit fabrication & installation: the ability to move and lift up to 50 lbs, climb ladders, paint with brushes and rollers, use small power tools, comfort working with sharp cutting tools, good dexterity, and flexibility.  This is an excellent opportunity to become involved with the behind-the-scenes work of the Abbe Museum, and learn valuable skills in the museums field.
Concact: Julia Clark, Curator of Collections,

  • Library Cataloging
Flexible Dates, Ongoing until project is completed.
In 2012, the Abbe Museum received a generous collection of anthropological texts from retiring professor, Esther Pasztory.  To make this large collection of books available to members and researchers, they must first be cataloged as per our Collections standards.  A large number of books were cataloged this fall, but there are many more to do.  Volunteers with an interest in anthropology, archaeology or pre-Columbian art, with some knowledge of Spanish, are invited to help catalog this impressive collection.  Flexible dates and times are available for this project, and the project will be ongoing until its completion.  Volunteers should bring their own laptop with Microsoft Word to complete this project, and Julia Clark, Curator of Collections, will instruct volunteers in the formatting necessary for consistency.
Contact: Julia Clark, Curator of Collections,

  • Guest Services
The Abbe Museum is now on our winter schedule, open to visitors Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00.
  Guest Services Volunteers orient visitors to the museum, answer simple questions, and track admissions using a tally sheet and a calculator, cash box, and credit card machine to take admissions.  Volunteers are always partnered with Guest Services Staff in the Shop.  Guest Services Volunteers are expected to maintain an a mutually agreed upon schedule.  For more information about become a Guest Services Volunteer, please contact Astra to discuss training and scheduling.  Because the winter season is much quieter than the summer season, winter is the perfect time to train and to partner Guest Services volunteering with other volunteer tasks, such as winter mailings.
Contact: Astra,

  • Tour Guide
If you like working with groups from around the world, consider becoming an Abbe Museum tour guide.  Most tours of our scheduled tours are now over, but winter is an excellent time to start your training for spring.  Standard tours last one hour, and tour guides are asked to arrive half an hour before their scheduled tour in case the group is early.  If you are interested in becoming an Abbe Museum Tour Guide, contact George Neptune, Museum Educator, to discuss training and scheduling.  September and October are the Abbe Museum's busiest months for tour groups, but tours are conducted throughout the year.
Contact: George,

  • Rainy Days Volunteer
Do you have skills to share and a flexible schedule?  If the answer is yes, consider joining us as a Rainy Days Volunteer!  On rainy days throughout the summer, the Abbe Museum tries to offer a little something extra to the increased number of visitors looking to escape the wet weather.  Rainy Days Volunteers can do a number of different things, based on their skills and training, such as: give tours through the museum, host a kids' activity, answer questions as a docent in a gallery, share "touchable" artifacts with families, or answer questions about basketry and artists in the shop, or even just help visitors find their way around the museum!  There are many ways to help, and all of them help to improve our visitors' experiences!  Contact George Neptune, Museum Educator, to discuss what skills you might have and to arrange any specialized training and be added to our list of Rainy Days Volunteers.  Then think of us whenever it rains, and if you can help, just call and let us know!  Although the Rainy Days program focuses mostly on the summer, winter is a good time for training or discussing activities, as well as volunteering at winter programs offered during the school holidays.
Contact: George,

  • Education Programs, Ongoing
Throughout the year the Abbe Museum is host to hundreds of young learners who visit the Abbe Museum on field trips through school, camp, home-school groups, and more.  To accommodate these group the Abbe depends on Volunteer Educators.  Education Volunteers must be trained for one or more programs, and have a commitment to providing quality experiences for our young visitors.  If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Educator, please contact George Neptune, Museum Educator, for more details and to arrange your training.  The Abbe Museum is busy hosting groups year-round, focusing on school groups in the winter and camp programs in the summer.
Contact: George,

  • Typing Project, Ongoing
Our 2011 Guest Book needs to be transcribed into an excel file.  If you are comfortable typing and using excel and want to spend a few hours at the Abbe, this job is for you.  There is A LOT of typing to do, but it's an easy job to leave off when you're tired, and someone else can always pick up where you left off. 
Contact: Astra,

  • Online Research Project, Ongoing
A volunteer or volunteers comfortable with basic online research is needed to help us update some of our contacts data.  This is a flexible project: One or a few volunteers can work on this project, for a few hours at a time until complete.
Contact: Astra,

  • Volunteer-Specific Projects, Ongoing
If you have specific interests or talents, we might have the perfect project for you!  Please complete and send us this
volunteer application outlining your strengths and talents. 

  • Abbe Bucks: Our Thank You!

We love our volunteers!  To show our appreciation and thanks, the Abbe Museum provides our volunteers with a number of benefits, including Abbe Bucks.  Abbe Bucks are awarded at the rate of $1 per volunteer hour, and can be used in the Abbe Shop like cash.  To receive Abbe Bucks, volunteers must track their hours and tasks via a volunteer time sheet, and time sheets should be submitted to Astra.   

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