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The Sauder Village Junior Historian Youth Volunteer Program (ages 12-16)

Our 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 12 to 16 an opportunity to volunteer in a seasonal program in the Historic Village. Each season, an average of 80 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


 Youth Volunteer Historic Village
Youth Volunteer Historic Village

Goals 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 12–16 or have a student who would benefit from this special experience, call 419-446-2541 or 800-590-9755, or via e-mail at

Application for Jr. Historian Program

Thanks to the generous donations of many businesses and individuals that participate in the Sauder Village Golf Open each year, 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.