Archive, research, & share history

For more than fifty years the Shelby County Historical Museum has relied on volunteers. Volunteers have archived artifacts, conducted research for members, and most importantly shared the history of Shelby County. Without the help of volunteers the Shelby County Historical Museum would be an idea; it was a group of volunteers who had an idea and started the Shelby County Historical Museum in 1964. We are always happy to welcome new volunteers, and are happy to find a position which interests you. 

Archives Volunteer

Archival volunteers help flatten, organize, and scan probate records. As part of an on-going project, the historical museum is looking to digitize our probate collection to expand our digital collection. Volunteers will get the chance to work with original late-1800's and early-1900's documents from the Shelby County court system relating to various lawsuits and settlements.


Docents will help welcome guests to the Shelby County Historical Museum. This volunteer will help give tours to guests, large groups, and field trips.

Research Volunteer

Research volunteers will help complete research requests which are sent through our Alwill Genealogical Research Center. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work from home researching a variety of different topics. Volunteers will be taught how to research topics through museum software, explore the history of Shelby County through the specific requests and help the requester find important information. Research volunteers will have flexible timing since volunteer times will be set when requests come into the museum. 

Interested in volunteering at the Shelby County Historical Museum?

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The Shelby County Historical Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1964. This four building complex is located at 1805 Morse Avenue Harlan, Iowa 51537.

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