If you're looking for a constructive way to spend your free time, the St. Louis County Historical Society could really use your help.

They are seeking volunteer docents for their new Ojibwe Gallery. Training will be provided.  The Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day of the week and they are seeking volunteers for all days.

The Ojibwe Gallery features the work of nationally recognized 19th century painter Eastman Johnson.  The Society’s collection of his work includes all the art work created by Johnson during his two-year stay at the “Head of the Lakes”, now known as Duluth and Superior, and at Grand Portage.  All 37 paintings and drawings are Ojibwe-themed and are notable for their realism.

An equally important component of the Gallery is a selection of American Indian, and primarily Ojibwe, artifacts from the Society’s collection.  These artifacts help visitors to gain some awareness of Ojibwe life – past and future.  The training provided will orient volunteers to this component of the exhibit, as well as to the Society’s partnerships with the tribal entities of the region: Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, and Grand Portage Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Please call Director of Museum Operations Mary Parks at 218-733-7583 or email her at mary@thehistorypeople.org for more information or to request a volunteer application.  You may also pick up an application at the Society’s administrative office, which is located in the Depot.