History - The Indiana State Museum's volunteer organization was created in 1969 to provide public tours of the museum. In addition to serving as docents, museum volunteer assisted staff members in collections, archival work, publicity, education and special events. The mission of the volunteers echoes the museum's mission "to collect, preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of Indiana."
The Birdstone Logo - The stylized birdstone design was chosen as the logo for the volunteers of the Indiana State Museum. Birdstones are prehistoric objects, found in the North-Eastern part of Indiana, and usually made of slate. Although its original function is still a matter of speculation, the craftsmanship of the birdstone indicates a high degree of skill and artistry. There is evidence that the birdstone was a highly valued possession of Indiana tribes. Prehistoric birdstones may be found in the collection of the Indiana State Museum.
Docent volunteers help ISM visitors become more knowledgeable about our state's natural and cultural history. School tour volunteers for children are an especially important need.
Speaker's Bureau volunteers travel locally giving presentations on specific topics about Indiana's history, cultures and individuals.
Fowl Play volunteers teach both verbally and visually, about the birds of Indiana.
Covered Wagon Outreach volunteers, demonstrating to fourth-grade students though the use of a miniature covered wagon, show how and why pioneer families came to Indiana in the early 1800s.
Art Smart volunteers from the Indiana State Museum present a slide show of the works of Indiana artists from the early 19th through the 20th century. Art Smart was created by the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art as a visual means of learning about art, culture and history.