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Founded in 1912

Why Join Jamestown Historical Society?

The Jamestown Historical Society provides many benefits and opportunities to members: first access to JHS outings, exclusive member-only parties, tours, openings, and the quarterly JHS newsletter.

The JHS was initially founded in 1912 to preserve the Jamestown windmill. Since then we’ve added other preservation efforts – the 1786 Conanicut Friends Meetinghouse, the 1776 Conanicut Battery, the 1875 primary school that serves as our museum, and a constantly growing collection of over 40,000 photographs, archives, and artifacts that tell the history of Conanicut, Dutch, and Gould Islands. Through the generous support of our donors and members, JHS keeps the story of Jamestown alive by creating exhibitions, preserving historic structures, and presenting programs and events that educate and inspire.


Become a Volunteer & discover Jamestown

The JHS is an all-volunteer organization. JHS volunteers are dedicated individuals who possess the desire and have the time to help further our vision of preserving Jamestown’s history. Whether you work at a one-time event, commit to a weekly schedule or be on-call, we have something for all levels of experience and interest. Some areas of volunteering include:

  • Help organize and conduct programs
  • Mount exhibits
  • Assist with events, receptions and other special fund raising programs
  • Monitor and assist visitors at our annual historic house tour
  • Help clear the earthworks and paths at the Conanicut Battery
  • Conduct tours and help care for the Conanicut Friends Meetinghouse
  • Write articles, maintain our website and social media campaigns
  • Work two days a week in the Collections Vault cataloging objects and documents.

We are grateful for our volunteers and their service is invaluable!