Pella Historical Society & Museums' success is highly dependent on our hard-working and talented volunteers. With opportunities for every age, there is something to learn and ways to have fun for the entire family!
The descriptions provide a broad overview of the responsibilities and time commitment required by each. If you have any questions about these positions, or would like more information about a specific volunteer opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All volunteers are encouraged to become members of the museum.
Scroll to the bottom for information on internships with PHSM.
Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities
Windmill Guides & Greeters
Mill guides take visitors on a tour of the Vermeer Mill. Volunteers for this role must enjoy talking to people and have an interest in windmills. Training on the working of the mill and a script is available for interested persons. Hosts and hostesses are very important to each visitor's experience at the Museum. Volunteer should enjoy meeting and greeting people, providing answers to questions, and encouraging visitors to take the tour of the Mill and Village. Volunteers will be scheduled as the individuals schedule permits; each shift is a half day. If interested, call Pat Wolf at 641-204-2576.
The miller position requires a person with an interest in mechanical things and is willing to learn to operate a working windmill. Hands-on training is provided on site followed by a skill assessment by a certified miller. Once trained, millers work two or three days per month. For more information, contact Jim Brandl at or 641-620-9463.
As you can imagine, keeping up 22 buildings in our Village, the tallest working windmill in North America, the 170-year-old home of our city's founder, and a country school takes a lot of time and elbow grease. If you have a skill you can share with us, we need you. Maybe it's sewing, painting, construction work, stuffing envelopes, planting flowers... The list could go on and on. We'd love to have you! Contact Cindy Eekhoff at or 641-780-2959.
Tulip Time Volunteer Opportunities
Historical Village & Scholte House Museum
Volunteers are needed in the Pella Historical Village & Scholte House during Tulip Time. Volunteers will serve as hosts and hostesses in the various buildings, help in the Village bakery, gift shop, and Scholte House. All volunteers need to wear Dutch costumes to ensure the best experience for our guests. Email Amy Vasina at or call her at 641-628-4311 to volunteer.
Scrub the Streets
Everyone in costume is welcome to participate in street scrubbing! Please gather at the corner of Broadway and Franklin 15 minutes prior to parade times (2:15 pm and 8:15 pm). Brooms and buckets provided.
Dance in front of the Tulip Toren at 2:00 and 7:00 all three days of Tulip Time! Open to anyone 5th grade through adult. For more information, call Lori Lourens at 641-780-9763.