Apprentice Interpreter Program


Join our Interpretive Team for the 2019 season!

Apprentice Interpreters are part of a season-long volunteer program that lets Future Historians take the reins and bring history to life for our visitors.

After training in spring (focusing on historic thinking skills, historical content, and interpretation skills), Apprentice Interpreters will work throughout Pinecrest Historical Village as part of our Interpretive Team. In addition to bringing our historic structures to life for our visitors, Apprentice Interpreters will be provided with career development in the form of one-on-one coaching with musuem staff, public speaking exposure, and training in historic skills.

About the Apprentice Interpreter Program:

  • Students must be 14 years of age by May 1, 2019 to be eligible. Eligible students include those in middle school, high school, college, or homeschool.

  • Upon selection, Apprentice Interpreters will be required to attend one of two Interpreter Training days, either April 24 or May 4.

  • Apprentice Interpreters will be a part of the Interpretive Team for the entire 2019 season. Apprentices will volunteer at least 10 days between May 1 and October 24, depending on youth program schedules. Interpreters may volunteer for school tour experiences, homeschool days, summer day camps, or our preschool literacy program.

  • Apprentice Interpreters must also volunteer for 2 of 8 special program days: Civil War Days (June 1 & 2), Buffalo Bill Wild West Show (August 10 & 11), Mid-Lakes Thresheree (September 7 & 8), All Hallow’s Eve (October 12), and Pinecrest Christmas (December 14).

  • Applications are due to the Manitowoc County Historical Society by 3 pm on Friday, March 29, 2019. The application includes 5 short answer questions and one essay question to be included on a separate piece of paper.

Apprentice Interpreters Will:

  • Work in an outdoor museum setting, where each day is different and exciting!

  • Learn how to communicate information in fun and creative ways.

  • Overcome public speaking fears and gain valuable experience working with children and the general public.

  • Have access to professional museum staff and training materials.

  • Wear period clothing and use historical artifacts to tell stories.

Please contact MCHS Program Coordinator, Alex Brendemuehl, at (920) 684-4445 or

Important Dates:

  • Friday, March 29, 2019 - Applications are due by 3 pm

  • Friday, April 12, 2019 - Applicants will receive a confirmation email notifying them of their selection

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Interpreter Training

  • Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Interpreter Training

Submitting Your Application:

Mail: Manitowoc County Historical Society
Apprentice Interpreter Application
924 Pinecrest Road
Manitowoc, WI 54220