Get Involved!



CHServes is one of the ways in which we give back. This staff-led initiative aims to directly influence the social, civic, and environmental fabric of our community. We invite all of our members and guests to join us in supporting the causes we believe in. Throughout May 2014 we are supporting La Casa de las Madres, an organization that helps survivors of domestic violence transform their lives, and which seeks to prevent future violence by educating the community and by redefining public perceptions about domestic violence.


The California Historical Society is continually seeking volunteer docents to support current exhibitions. Help us share California stories with gallery visitors, adult tour groups, school children, and others.

If you are interested in volunteering, please download and fill out our docent application and email it to


The California Historical Society engages a wide audience and we depend upon the generous assistance of volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the educational programs and public events we offer to members, historians, neighbors, and the general public.

To learn more about volunteering for the California Historical Society, please contact Patty Pforte, Programs and Outreach Associate,

If you are interested in volunteering, please download and fill out our volunteer application.


If you are interested in opportunities to become an intern with the California Historical Society please contact and include the following:

  • Your resume (no more than two pages, please) and
  • A cover letter explaining your areas of study and interest in the California Historical Society.

To share details of your (historical) organization's upcoming event(s) with California Historical Society, please post at:

678 Mission Street
San Francisco
CA 94105
415.357.1848 voice
415.357.1850 fax
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