Volunteers of the Year!

At the West Baton Rouge Museum, we love our volunteers and greatly appreciate their help. We celebrate their tremendous accomplishments by hosting our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party, and each year we present awards to a Volunteer of the Year and a Youth Volunteer of the Year. These are the helpers that have gone the extra mile to work for and with the Museum!

2021 Volunteers of the Year!
2021 Volunteers of the Year, Al & Brenda Parker

Al and Brenda Parker are such a lovely and gracious couple that we couldn’t settle on choosing just one stellar half to represent our volunteer base. Al and Brenda live in Port Allen, and they have been patrons of the museum and members of the Historical Association for many years. Whenever we are in need, the Parkers are always a phone call away. Whether it be manning the front desk or guiding tourists from one attraction to the next at SugarFest, we can always rely on the Parkers. 

They also went above and beyond the call of duty when the A. Hayes Town exhibit opened in the Whitehead Gallery last year. They helped us arrange a lecture with the famed architect’s granddaughter, and were instrumental in getting us a behind the scenes tour at the local Presbyterian Church addition- designed by Mr. Town himself. All of our volunteers hold a special place in our hearts, and we are so pleased that Al and Brenda are a part of that group. Please join us in celebrating them this year and for years to come!

2021 Youth Volunteer of the Year!

2021 Junior Volunteer of the Year, Sophia GuilloryThe 2021 Youth Volunteer of the Year designation was awarded to a lovely young lady who has been taking part in museum programs since she was a little girl. Attending annually as a program participant, she couldn’t wait to be old enough to volunteer at events like Blast from the Past Summer History Camp and SugarFest. Now a bright eyed high school senior, Sophia Guillory has spent her last few years giving back joyfully. Not only has she become a favorite counselor to many at camp, she set up her own booth at SugarFest sharing her phenomenal photographs capturing the beauty of local sugar cane fields.  Sophia is a creative spirit who is always happy to help. Last summer, she donned delicate wings and a flower crown to assist little ones at Little Bayou Fairy Fest. Over the years, she has helped at many annual events. To name just a couple, she has used her theatrical skills to act in tableau performances (in 19th century attire, of course!) depicting Christmas customs inside the c.1830 Aillet House at Holiday Open House and has attended Halloween events in costume giving out candy, playing games and helping with crafts. Sophia is an honor student at Saint Joseph’s Academy. She’s a community volunteer and is engaged in many extracurricular activities. Soon, she will be off to college, and we can’t wait to see what she does next. Thank you, Sophia Guillory for all that you do!

How-to Volunteer

The West Baton Rouge Museum is committed to maintaining a corps of volunteers who enjoy their time spent and the duties they perform for the benefit of the Museum. If any of the volunteer descriptions on this page interest you, please contact the Museum, or fill out this form.

Volunteer Descriptions

  • Docent
    • Trains with official tour manual
    • Leads guests on guided tour of campus--including all 8 buildings
    • Remains up-to-date on rotating exhibits and video technology
  • Packaged Tour Guide
    • Is aware of various package tours offered by the Museum
    • Trains in the stations offered for each tour, eventually leading one’s own station
  • Front Desk Attendant
    • Welcomes and checks in guests
    • Comfortably uses an iPad to tender money
    • Answers phones and signs up those interested in workshops
  • Single Event Volunteer
    • Volunteers for one-time Museum events
    • Is punctual and dependable
    • Completes their received task to Museum satisfaction
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  • Summer Camp Volunteer
    • Prepares snacks and drinks
    • Acts as group leader or counselor
    • Assists camp teacher at respective stations
  • National History Day Judge
    • Judges student projects at the regional national history day fair
  • Upon Request
    • Fills sugar packets
    • Restocks sugar cart
    • Makes handmade dolls