Volunteer interpreters share the amazing stories of the life, place, and innovations of the earliest du Pont family members and the workers of the mills. Enjoy interacting with people? Intrigued by the early DuPont mills history? Apply to be an interpreter. Training in May.
Get Involved! Interpreter Volunteers
Description: When Hagley’s guests enter the fully functioning 1870s Machine Shop their eyes light up - it is definitely a Wow! moment. Share the excitement with Hagley’s visitors by demonstrating the machines at work, powered by the newly restored turbine which has returned water power to the Machine Shop. Tell the vital stories of the millwrights, machinists, and apprentices who made the work of the DuPont black powder manufactory possible.
Qualifications: Good public speaking skills, enjoy talking with and listening to people, and sharing information in a pleasant and accurate manner. Be able to operate the machinery and kerosene lamps. Prior experience with machine tools helpful but not necessary – full training is provided. Knowledge of tools and machinery must be developed in order to properly and safely demonstrate the machinery.
Requirements: Shifts vary. three days a month. Scheduling is flexible. Ability to lift up to twenty pounds.
Description: Easy Does It! is a colorful and highly engaging exhibit of simple machines which children can operate themselves. Adults become as engaged as the kids and exclamations of delight in new discoveries are heard from all corners. Welcome visitors into the family-friendly interactive exhibit and encourage them to explore ways in which simple machines make our lives easier and combine to make complex machines we take for granted every day. Training provided.
Qualifications: Must enjoy interacting with the public, talking and listening to others, be polite and confident in speaking to people, and be comfortable working with children.
Requirements: Time commitment of 3 ½ hours per month on weekends or holidays, usually 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Hagley’s guests of all ages are fascinated by the Gibbons House and Brandywine Manufacturers’ Sunday School which were part of a vibrant 19th century industrial village for workers in the DuPont Company powder yards. Bring to life the stories of the many immigrant families who lived, learned, played, and worked there in the nineteenth century. Training provided.
Qualifications: Good public speaking skills, friendliness, and enjoy talking, listening, and sharing history with guests. Must be able to operate a wood stove and light oil lamps (training provided), stand for periods of time and climb stairs.
Requirements: Time commitment varies, shift one to three days per month. Scheduling is flexible.