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Charles W. Morgan

The Charles W. Morgan prepares for her 38th sailing voyage

Calling all volunteers for the Charles W. Morgan visit!

Boston National Historical Park is looking for volunteers to assist during the visit of the 1840's whale ship Charles W. Morgan to Pier 1 of the Charlestown Navy Yard from July 18 to July 22.

The Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whale ship in the world, will be berthed next to USS Constitution and will be open for the public to board. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the 19th century whale ship, learn more about the Morgan, whales, and whaling in the 22,000 square-foot dockside exhibition. Mystic Seaport Museum's shipwrights restored the National Historic Landmark vessel and made her seaworthy for this voyage. Visitors can interact with costumed role players from 1876 and listen to live music and sea chanteys.

This is an exciting, one-time event, and the park will need assistance of a team of volunteers to help welcome visitors to the Charles W. Morgan as well as orient visitors to nearby sites and activities. The period of activity each day is 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Volunteer shifts would be approximately 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. shift. The days anticipated to draw the most people are Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, although help is needed each day of the event.

Please help us make this special ship visit to Boston a great success!

Please call 617-242-5222 or send an email to volunteerboston@nps.gov for more information. Volunteer applications can also be submitted online at http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=14219

For more information on the event, please visit http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/charles-w-morgan-visits-boston-charlestown-navy-yard/

VIPs Alice and Barry

Volunteers Alice and Barry

Volunteers play an important role at Boston National Historical Park. In 2011, they contributed more than 15,000 hours of their time! Volunteers work in all areas of park operations and help achieve park goals by providing visitors with excellent customer care. Without volunteers, we simply could not accomplish all that we do.

Volunteers staff our visitor centers, give orientation, and welcome groups. Volunteers can assist at our many annual and commemorative events. They give programs or perform clerical and administrative duties. Other volunteers work in research, collections, and curatorial services. Volunteers who work as interns and service learners gain on the job experience while fulfilling educational requirements.

In partnership with the USS Cassin Young Association, volunteers perform ship maintenance and give special tours aboard the World War II destroyer, USS Cassin Young. The 1812 Marines have joined us to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. American Revolution enthusiasts volunteer year round and help with the park's main interpretive themes.

If you are interested in volunteering at Boston National Historical Park, please call our Volunteer-in-Parks Program Office at 617-242-5222. You may also click here to be contacted or send an e-mail directly to ethan_beeler@nps.gov.


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