Volunteers make a difference!
At the Marshall Steam Museum, we are truly spoiled by the caliber of our volunteers. Volunteers help in almost all aspects of our activities, including the maintenance and operation of our collections, helping with private tours and children’s programs, as well as special event roles, such as parking, tickets, gift shop, and more.
BETH, Wilmington, DE (Volunteer since 2005)
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Woodside’s Chocolate Thunder
Favorite Time of Year: Spring
Favorite Animal: Our pet bunny
Why did you decide to become a volunteer?
We had lived in the apartment (now the office) for 10 years, my two children were born while we lived on the property, and we all considered it “home.” I wanted to help support the Marshall’s and be a part of this new chapter of Auburn Heights history.
What makes volunteering at Auburn Heights a unique experience? Auburn Heights offers an intimate, family-friendly, fun setting to explore our past.
To date, what was your favorite moment while volunteering? Sharing the fun of volunteering with my daughters.
What are you looking forward to this year as a volunteer? Working Steamin’ Days and watching visitors fall in love with the place.
If you had to describe Auburn Heights in three words what would they be? Wholesome family fun.
Photo: Beth working in the gift shop during a Steamin’ Day event. Credit: Mike Ciosek.
Jerry, Newark, DE (Volunteer since 1998)
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Butter Pecan since I was a boy. BUT! a close second is the Steam OIl flavor that was developed for FAHP by the Woodside Creamery.
Favorite Time of Year: Spring and Summer. I love warm weather. Fall is nice but it’s a reminder that cold weather is coming.
Favorite Animal: Has to be a Golden Retriever. My dog Max is now the fourth in a row.
Why did you decide to become a volunteer? A friend invited me to a steam meeting/lecture in 1998. I found the information, place, cars, and people interesting. I came back for more and it soon became my go-to place.
What makes volunteering at Auburn Heights a unique experience? Where else can one go to work with a great group of volunteers on projects, AND meet and talk to our guests enjoying Steamin’ days, Easter egg hunts, and our Invitational fund raiser.
To date, what was your favorite moment while volunteering? In 2002, the Hagley car show featured Luxury Automobiles. Tom Marshall’s 1937 Packard had never been driven by anyone but family. Knowing that, I managed to get up the nerve to ask if I could enter the car in the show. I was surprised and pleased that permission was granted. Driving to and from Hagley was very stressful but succesful. I have since been the car’s caretaker.
If you had to describe Auburn Heights in three words what would they be? That is not tough! Beautiful, Interesting, Rewarding
Photos: Top left Jerry as a conductor for the Auburn Valley Railroad. Bottom right Jerry driving the 1932 Packard.
Devon, Kemblesville, PA (Volunteer since 2013)
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Favorite Time of Year: Spring
Favorite Animal: Do I have to pick just one?
Why did you decide to become a volunteer? I love learning how things work and I have always found cars to be particularly interesting. When I was told of the opportunity to not only learn about but also take part in the maintenance activities for a collection of antique steam cars I was sold.
What makes volunteering at Auburn Heights a unique experience? The fact that as a volunteer I not only have the opportunity to learn the history of the cars, but also how they work, the design changes that took place over the years, how to drive, engage in maintenance and repair activities, ect. I can’t forget the other volunteers, everyone is learning and it’s obvious how much everyone enjoys being there.
To date, what was your favorite moment while volunteering? Learning to drive, I can’t wait for lessons to start up again!
What are you looking forward to this year as a volunteer? Mainly learning and becoming more familiar with the cars.
If you had to describe Auburn Heights in three words what would they be? Unique, Intriguing, Fun
Photo: Devon during a driving lesson. Credit: Mike Ciosek