The Culture & Heritage Museums is a family of museums in York County, SC, which includes Historic Brattonsville, the Museum of York County, the Main Street Children's Museum, and the History Center and Lowery Family Theater at the McCelvey Center.
The mission of the Museum of York County is to enhance understanding of our world by collecting and preserving the art and natural history of the Carolina Piedmont, communicating regional themes and their broader global connections.
Below are some of the other CHM sites in York County where other volunteer opportunities are available.
Which of the following is NOT in the mission of the Museum of York County:
- Collect and Preserve Art and Natural History of the Carolina Piedmont
- Communicate Regional Themes and their broader global connections
- Educate every visitor about their misconceptions about their Piedmont natural history.
The Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, SC support the following Statement of Organizational Values:
Authenticity and Professionalism
1. Authenticity: We ensure that the knowledge that we share is accurate and supported through credible documentation or eyewitness accounts.
As a volunteer, this means that you are considered an extension of the museum. Don't be afraid to contribute your valuable knowledge to visitors' experiences. If someone asks you a question and you know the answer, share your knowledge. It's ok to say, "I don't know."
2. Professionalism: We adhere to best practices of the museum field in the care of resources under our stewardship.
You should hold yourself to high professional standards in guest interactions, personal behavior, and work habits. As a museum volunteer, you are a reflection of the organization.
Meaningful Vistor Experiences and Respect for Those We Represent
3. Meaningful Museum Experiences: We strive to create memorable experiences enabling those we serve to walk away from our museum not only with new information but with inspiration that they will carry with them throughout their lives .
As a volunteer, you play a vital role in the visitor experience. You should always be thinking of how your interactions with the visitor could make their experience more meaningful.
4. Respect for Those We Represent: As a cultural museum, we tell the story of people from various backgrounds and life experiences both past and present. We have an obligation to tell their stories in a fair and balanced manner that fosters greater understanding of their unique perspectives.
When interacting with visitors, you should strive to tell the most accurate tale of the collections represented in the museum as possible. Stick to facts and make sure to leave your opinion out. Presenting their stories is our charge, and we should do it honestly and accurately.
Respect for Our Natural World and Transparency
5. Respect for Our Natural World: As a natural history museum, we have a responsibility to show respect for the natural world and lead by example.
As a volunteer, people look to you for your example. Make sure you are exemplifying respect for all we strive to represent.
6. Transparency: We ensure our organizational meetings, documents, and records beyond those that pertain to our legal requirements or breach the trust of our donors are available to the public.
As a volunteer this means that you should be above reproach in all dealings with museum matters. Act as if someone were always watching.
Stewardship and Donor Rights
7. Stewardship: We recognize that all of our assets are held on behalf of the public good and that it is our responsibility to ensure that they are used wisely. We are committed to maximizing these assets, including public and private funding, in a manner that effectively supports our mission.
Volunteers should always be conscious of how materials and assets are being used, and we should never take for granted our charge to safeguard them for the general public.
8. Donor Rights: We believe all donors should be valued and informed. Promises should be delivered and expectations of confidentiality should be met to the fullest of the law. To end this we have adopted the "Donor Bill of Rights" as set forth by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Volunteers should take very seriously the role of the donor in what we do. Without them we would not be able to provide the experiences for our visitors.
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