The Western North Carolina Historical Association depends on volunteers. There are many exciting volunteer opportunities to choose from at Smith-McDowell House or with the Association. Group activities are also available. In many cases, we provide training. For additional information, contact our staff at 828-253-9231 or [email protected].


Museum Docent (Tour Guide)

Greet visitors to Smith-McDowell House Museum and answer questions as they take a self-guided tour of the Museum. Work with group tours and special guided tours. Weekday and weekend hours available. Training provided.


Help restore and maintain our 1.5-acre grounds, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. in 1900. Help with general yard care, such as raking, weeding, watering, and pruning or serve on a committee that helps direct grounds’ restoration activities. Weekday and weekend hours available. Most tools are provided by the Museum.


Board of Trustees

Serve on the 15-person Board that oversees all activities of the Historical Association. Board members must be a member of the Association and are elected initially to a three year term. The Board of Trustees meets monthly.

Board of Trustees Committees

The Board of Trustees encourages community volunteers to participate on the following committees of the Board:

Program Committee – This committee is responsible for developing all of the educational programs and events such as lectures and tours. The committee meets twice each month.

Fundraising Committee – This committee is responsible for developing and planning at least one major fundraising event each year. This committee meets on an as needed basis.

Marketing Committee – This committee is responsible for assisting the staff in publicity and public relations efforts of the organization.

Awards Committee

Coordinates the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and the WNCHA Outstanding Achievement Award. Prepares promotional materials and recommends mailing lists. Reviews nominations and recommends winners to the WNCHA Board of Trustees. Expertise in either history or literature is suggested due to the nature of the awards.