Living History Apprentice Program

Applications are accepted January – March each year. See below for details!


Living History Apprentice (LHA)

Stuhr Museum is fortunate to have a large variety of volunteers who assist with programs and activities in every department. One unique group of volunteers is known as Living History Apprentices, or LHAs for short. Each year, youth who have completed the 5th grade or above may apply to join this group and take training classes to prepare them for their experiences at the museum.

The LHA program has been in existence in some form since 1982 when our youth volunteers were called “Junior Interpreters.” The program has grown and changed over the years to adapt to not only the needs of the museum, but also to cultivate the talents of each individual youth member and add new levels of leadership to help those youth become successful young adults in their schools, communities, and beyond.

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What do Living History Apprentices do at Stuhr Museum?

Living History Apprentices, or LHAs, assist in many ways throughout each year. LHAs are an important asset to our Summer Adventures program in June and July each summer, as they are the instructor’s helpers, assisting with everything from foodways to crafting and much more. LHAs may also volunteer as a Living Historian on a daily basis during the summer, where they will interpret life in the 1890s to visitors in Railroad Town. We also host several events and programs throughout the year where LHAs play essential roles, such as during our Independence Day celebration, Back to School, Agricultural Fair, All Hallows’ Eve, and Christmas Past & Present. LHAs may also have some behind-the-scenes opportunities, assisting with class preparations or some light office work.

How much time do LHAs have to volunteer?

While there is no minimum requirement of hours to be an LHA, we do have a couple of celebrations for those who have volunteered either 40+ or 65+ hours in a year. Each LHA is responsible for recording their hours with us in order to be included in these events. LHAs are welcome to submit their hours for school volunteer requirements as well, and we refer to this record when signing paperwork.

How to get involved as an LHA:

  1. Fill out an LHA application. Applications may be completed online, mailed, e-mailed or dropped off in person. The application period for 2024 opens on January 1 and closes on March 25. Your application also needs to be accompanied by two reference forms filled out by two adults who are not related to you. Teachers, coaches, 4-H leaders, Scout leaders, etc. are all good choices for this part!
  2. After the application period has ended, each applicant will be contacted with their interview date and time. The interview is not meant to be intimidating, as it’s simply a way for us to get to know you. Interviews for 2024 will be held on April 4th and 5th after school hours. 
  3. After all interviews have been completed, each applicant will be notified of their acceptance status. We typically are able to accept between 12 and 15 applicants each year. Applicants accepted into the program will need to pay a $75 training fee to cover training costs, a t-shirt, and a haversack. If you are unable to pay this fee but wish to apply to become an LHA, click here to learn more about the Youth Luminary Scholarship to pay for your training fee. 
  4. Applicants who are selected to become LHAs will need to complete a mandatory training program on May 31 and June 1, 2024. Training will be held from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm both days. (After the first year, LHAs simply need to fill out a commitment form each year to indicate if they would like to continue volunteering as an LHA.) Additional optional training sessions may be offered during the year for both first-year and returning LHAs. 
  5. After completing training, new LHAs are able to sign up to help with classes, volunteer in Railroad Town, and assist during events. LHAs do not need to reapply in subsequent years, and many volunteer with us for a few years before becoming old enough for a paid job. Some LHAs even find their first job as a historical interpreter right here at Stuhr Museum!

LHA Application

The application period for 2024 is now closed.

For questions concerning the LHA program, please contact Alyssa or Alexandra at (308) 385-5316 or e-mail

Our Living History Apprentices

LHAs are an important asset to our Summer Adventures program in June and July each summer, as well as many other programs all year long!