History, Heritage, and Romance

These three words describe the story of the First Lady in regard to Edith Bolling Wilson, second wife of the 28th president Woodrow Wilson. Museum volunteers tell the story inherent to Mrs. Wilson’s life, assist with the Museum’s educational programs, and help in the Museum’s restoration efforts of the Bolling Home.  In return, the Museum offers training, experience for those in the job market, free or discounted event tickets, public acknowledgment of our gratitude, and special volunteer “only” events.

The Benefits of Volunteering

  • Helping to preserve history
  • Being a needed member of a community effort
  • Helping to build and strengthen the Museum
  • Attend Volunteer Only Events
  • Invitations and discounts to special events
  • 10% off Museum Purchases


  • Volunteers must be 18 or older or volunteer with a parent
  • Must attend an orientation and training session (one on one sessions available)
  • Enjoy working with the public

Current Volunteer Needs:

Volunteer Docents

Volunteer docents are needed to greet the public, provide guided tours, and be exhibit attendants. The Foundation’s interpretive philosophy is to not only tell the facts about Mrs. Wilson’s life, but to inspire others. Mrs. Wilson’s story is one in which a small town girl rises to meet life’s challenges and does extraordinary things.

Duties: Volunteer duties include gallery sitting in the Museum, greeting visitors, providing guided tours and information about Edith Bolling Wilson Other volunteer opportunities involve research, writing, or working with the Gift Nook. Museum staff trains and orients volunteers requiring no previous museum experience other than an interest in Edith Bolling Wilson, Wytheville, or history-in-general.

Days and Hours: The Museum’s greatest need for docents is for Saturdays, but other days are available. Times are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday

“Hard Hat” Tour Guides (April through October)

Duties: With the pre-renovation guided tours of Mrs. Wilson’s birthplace, the Museum seeks outgoing people who are interested in sharing the history of the building and the Bolling family with others. This is a great way to be involved in the renovation process of Mrs. Wilson’s birthplace. Tours involve climbing a stairway to the birthplace and providing a room by room program. This volunteer activity may also be combined with our volunteer docent program.

School Educational Programs

Duties:  Needs for the Museum’s school educational programs involve program development in accordance with SOL requirements and to conduct group tours.


If you are interested in volunteering, please email info@edithbollingwilson.org or call 276-22-EDITH (276-223-3484).