The Museum of the Fur Trade considers your time a valuable donation. Local volunteers and even distant supporters help the museum in a variety of ways. In 2014, volunteers contributed nearly 6,500 hours to the museum. Volunteers receive a twenty percent discount in the Museum Shop and their work is recognized at the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner. The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1974 to recognize individuals for their outstanding assistance to the museum’s programs. Fifty people have received the award for their work at the museum ranging from construction of the building, working in the museum shop, tending the Heirloom Indian Garden, and even painting the Chadron city water tank with a fur trade scene.

A Volunteer of the Year Award was started in 2000 to honor individuals that have contributed time to the museum during the year. In 2013, Scott Justice of Chadron was honored for the installation of new lighting for the museum exhibits. Past honoree Craig Nobling has continued to bring his Chadron High School classes to do the spring and fall grounds clean-up at the museum.

Contact Us today to learn more about volunteering with the museum.