Chamber seeks volunteers for Smithsonian exhibit

Published 11:38am Thursday, April 3, 2014

By their very nature large, exciting projects typically require extraordinary effort to be successful. And next month an extremely ambitious event will come to Wetumpka and the surrounding area.

A Smithsonian Institute Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition will be on display at the Elmore County Museum from May 23 through July 6.

The Chamber is seeking volunteers to help set up and interpret the exhibit when it arrives this summer.
The Chamber is seeking volunteers to help set up and interpret the exhibit when it arrives this summer.

The exhibit coming to the city will be “The Way We Work,” adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives.

Wetumpka is the final stop for the exhibit in the state. Only six Alabama communities were selected to host the display.

Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Wetumpka staff members, along with a core group of volunteers, have been hard at work to prepare for the exhibition and numerous attendant satellite exhibits.

But as the official opening of the exhibit draws nearer, there is a pressing need for others to step forward and fill various roles.

“We have a great need for volunteers,” said Vanessa Lynch, chamber executive director. “We will need docents and attendants, and there are many other volunteer opportunities available.”

There will be also be a selection of local additions to the traveling Museum on Main exhibition.

“Working by the River” – a group of satellite exhibits, events and lectures – will complement the central display.

A volunteer information meeting will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the council chambers of Wetumpka City Hall.

Anyone interested in volunteering may also visit www.wetumpkachamber.org, email info@wetumpkachamber.org or call 334-567-4811.

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