Tinker Swiss Cottage seeks volunteers

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is growing and needs your help! Whether you are interested in history, art, architecture, gardening or want to meet new people, volunteer opportunities are available. Give a tour of the Cottage to a group of Scouts, greet visitors in the Museum Gift Shop, tend to historic rose bushes, or be immersed in letters from the 1850s as you help make them available to researchers.

The Museum has a new visitor center and has recently reconstructed the Tinkers’ 1891 suspension bridge across Kent Creek. Gardens are expanding, too. The Museum continues to develop and maintain programs for senior centers and school groups as well as present special events throughout the year. Volunteers are needed as receptionists in the Museum Store and to conduct tours. Other opportunities include helping with special events, educational program crafts, research and the collection. Opportunities are tailored to your interests.

Training is provided for all tasks. Benefits include a minimal time commitment, flexible schedules, recognition at volunteer events, a 10 percent discount in the Museum Store and the gratitude of Museum guests and staff.

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, built in 1865, was the home of Rockford businessman Robert Tinker and his family. Today, the home is a time capsule of Victorian furnishings, artwork and everyday life. The Cottage became a museum in 1943 due to the efforts of volunteers. Join this esteemed group by becoming a volunteer today! The Museum is open year-round with guided tours Tuesday-Sunday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Tours for groups of eight or more are available by reservation seven days a week. Tinker Swiss Cottage is at 411 Kent St., Rockford. For more information, call (815) 964-2424.

From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2005, issue

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