The impressive collection found throughout the 1890 House Museum offers visitors the opportunity to step back to Cortland in the late 19th century. It’s unique history that lives within the walls not only tells the stories of the Wickwire family, but of their servants, their unique pets -like Jac the Parrot, a favorite of youngest son Frederic Wickwire where this parrot flew throughout the house- its art and architecture, the original inventions created by Chester Wickwire, and the history of the Wickwire Wire Mills Factory and those who worked there.
We will continue to work on diverse programming and exhibitions to educate and inspire everyone who walks through our doors. With your help, together we will support this Cortland County landmark for past, present, and future generations of local and visitors alike.
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Museum Members receive:
- Free tour admission
- Subscription to Whisperings Around the Inglenook Newsletter
- Museum program invitations
- 10% Museum Shop Discount
The 1890 House Museum offers a large variety of opportunities for individuals and teams to volunteer. Volunteer placement is based on applicants interest, experience, abilities, availability, and current openings.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please click the “Apply Now” button below. From there you will be able to fill out our sign up form and start the process. Thanks!
House Guide: House guides make up most of the interpretive staff at The 1890 House Museum. They give tours to visitors and educate them on Wickwire, house, Cortland, regional, state, national and global history.
Greeter: Greeters are part of the interpretive staff at The 1890 House Museum. They are the first face visitors to the museum see and the ones that give brief overviews of the museum, collect fees and donations, and sell items in our gift shop.
Digitization Assistant: The 1890 House Museum has a great deal of undocumented items that are in desperate need of being digitized. Digitization Assistants will be working to save the history of the Wickwire family and Cortland by making sure things are put into digital form for preservation.
Historical Researcher: Historical Researchers will use the archives, library, and other historical sources to research the Wickwire family, Victorian ideals and daily living activities, Cortland and regional history, and other topics.
Grounds Assistant: The 1890 House Museum has a small amount of grounds that need caring for. Maintaining the lawn, small gardens and Koi pond (no fish) are important to the maintaining of the history of the house.
House Operations Assistant: The 1890 House Museum is large and maintaining this historic structure is a priority to the preservation of the history of the house. The House Operations Assistants will help the Museum Director and Assistant Director in the operational care of the building through fixing problems and cleaning.
Program Assistant: Program Assistants will help with the running of a variety of events.
Education Assistant: Education Assistants will help with educational programs held by the museum.
Collections and Archive Assistant: The 1890 House Museum has an amazing collection, which is in need of people to help catalog and rehouse a variety of things.
Exhibition Assistant: Exhibition Assistants will use the archives, library, and other historical sources to research the Wickwire family, Victorian ideals and daily living activities, Cortland and regional history, and other topics to create interesting exhibits.
Translator: Translators with help by translating printed materials and tour information into other languages.
Photographer/Videographer: The photographer/ videographer will take photos and/or videos of a variety of things at the museum.