Sauder Village
22611 St. Rt. 2
Archbold, Ohio 43502
In Northwest Ohio


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As a destination of choice, Sauder Village offers guests experiences rich in history, hospitality, creativity & fun.

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Adult Volunteer | Junior Historian

Join the Sauder Village Family of Volunteers

Looking for a way to connect with others, stay active with fun, fulfilling experiences, and give back to the community? Joining the Sauder Village Family of volunteers may just be for you!
Volunteer in Trading Post

What began as one man’s passion is an exciting mission that continues today with the help of a team of more than 400 adult and 200 youth volunteers, who donate more than 18,000 hours of service to Sauder Village each season.  Whether you are age 10 or age 90, there are opportunities to be involved and support Sauder Village, Ohio’s largest living history destination.  

Contact us now about how you can become part of the Sauder Village experience, where guests of all ages can unplug, slow down, and spend quality time together leaning about the history and values that shaped Northwest Ohio.  Your involvement can make an important difference.  Let’s explore the possibilities together!

  • Adult Volunteers.  Ask for our Volunteer Coordinator, at (419) 446-2541 or via email at
  • Junior Historian Youth Volunteers (ages 10-16). Ask for our Junior Historian Program Coordinator, at 419.446.2541 or via email at

Adult Volunteer Program

Operating Historic Sauder Village is a labor-intensive undertaking.  Your involvement as an adult volunteer has a big impact on keeping Sauder Village viable and affordable for guests who come from throughout the region and around the world.  Whether you want to interact with visitors in the Historic Village, assist with hands-on activities on special event days, or provide helping hands for behind-the-scenes work, each serves an important function that keeps the Sauder Village mission alive and well.  Your contributions as a volunteer make an important difference!

Consider some of the volunteer opportunities available:

  • Historic Village
    • Costumed Interpreters
    • Historic Trades
    • Gardens & Farming
    • Special Events
  • Education
    • Special Programs
    • Workshop Instructor
  • Curatorial
  • Guest Services
    • Greeters
    • Special Event Host/Hostess
  • Retail
    • Shop Clerk
    • Quilter
    • Doughbox Bakery
    • Food Services
  • Support Services
    • Seamstress
    • Administrative Support
    • Marketing & Communications
  • Groundskeeping & Maintenance

Along with the rewards of sharing your gifts of time and talent, you can feel good knowing that each and every dollar saved through volunteer time contributed directly supports the educational mission of Sauder Village. Iif you are able to serve on a regularly scheduled basis, you may qualify to receive complimentary membership, discounts, and other benefits.  

Without the contributions of volunteers in our local communities, our region could suffer the loss of a historical and cultural treasure that impacts so many. Call today to learn how you can make a difference by joining the Sauder Village Family of Volunteers.  Or complete the application form and we’ll be in touch to explore the possibilities.

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, at (419) 446-2541 or via email at

Junior Historian Youth Volunteer Program (Ages 10-16)

Junior Historian helping with hayOur founder believed that young people best learn about the past and gain an appreciation for those who came before them by “seeing, touching, and doing”…. which are at the core of the Sauder Village Junior Historian Program.  The Junior Historian Program is helping to create a ‘love for the past’ in a generation of kids that are wired to the present, while creating memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.  

The Junior Historian Program offers children ages 10 - 16 an opportunity to volunteer in a seasonal program in the Historic Village.  Each season, an average of 200 students participate, who typically represent about 45 different cities across the tri-state region.
Junior Historians have become an integral part of the Sauder Village experience, participating in everything from crafts to cooking to churning butter. These young people work alongside our adult staff, learning about the traditions and activities of the past, gaining experience working with the public, communicating with and engaging an audience, and developing positive work habits that will stay with them for a lifetime. 

“The Junior Historian Program was one of the most beneficial experiences of my life.  It has given me a broader understanding of our past, as well as skills for everyday life that I can carry with me wherever I go.”  - former Junior Historian

Junior Historians making ropeGoals of the Junior Historian Program:

  • Instill a love of history
  • Nurture a sense of importance in volunteering
  • Build pride and confidence by working with the public
  • Develop basic job skills
  • Have fun and make lasting memories


If you are age 10-16 or have a student who would benefit from this special experience, call 419-446-2541 or 800-590-9755 or via email at

Junior Historians in the 1910 Summer KitchenThanks to the generous donations of many businesses and individuals, the Junior Historian Program is made possible and available to all children at no charge to their families.  To provide your support of this important program impacting youth throughout the region, donate now or call 419-446-2541.