Membership in the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society gives you the quarterly Journal, information on activities and events of the Society, and the satisfaction knowing you are helping to preserve the past for future generations. Membership dues are a major source of income for the Society and help to continue its programs, operate and preserve the O’Neill Museum, and continue to collect and add to the historical archives.
Like any good organization, the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society can always use volunteers to help in a number of activities. Just to name a few areas that we need experienced help or people who would like assist, are as follows:
Walking Tour Guides – Learn about the history of this community and its many historic structures then lead visitors around Los Rios and share its stories. No experience required. You will be trained.
Photo Archives – What is really needed is someone with “Photo Shop” computer program experience to help enhance many of our huge collection of very old historic photos.
Librarian – We have a small library of over 500 books, both fiction and non-fiction. These need to be organized in a proper manner for researchers to easily find what they are looking for. We are building a collection of books relating to local and California history.
Museum Docents – We can always use volunteers to assist our Museum Secretary to show visitors our museum and answer questions. Hours available Tuesday through Friday and/or for short periods on weekends.
Curator Aides – Our Curator could use volunteers with curator experience to assist and develop layout of our museums. Besides the O’Neill Museum we are developing two more old historic homes into additional museums adjacent to the O’Neill Museum.
Oral History – Anyone with oral history experience to do interviews would be most welcome.
If you are interested in helping in any of the above, please call our museum secretary at (949) 493-8444.