Inside The Gates: Arsenal Musuem volunteers

Inside The Gates: Arsenal Musuem volunteers

A virtual mountain of information, all behind the scenes. Enter museum volunteers, a group of people who donate their time to help make sure that these treasures are well preserved
A virtual mountain of information, all behind the scenes.
 
"The behind the scenes work at a museum is ongoing, ever ends, and anything you see up in an exhibit hall is really on the tip of the iceberg of what we do," says Kris Leinicke, Director of the Rock Island Arsenal Museum.

And sorting, processing, and keeping these records and photos safe is a never-ending process.

"It's a project that's going to last for centuries," Leinicke says.

Enter museum volunteers, a group of people who donate their time to help make sure that these treasures are well preserved. People like Greg Shelangouski.

"This is right up my alley," Shelangouski says. "It's everything I wanted."

A history buff, Shelangouski now has a front row seat to days gone by.
 
"I found things that you don't normally get to see like Antoine LeClaire's last will and testament, letters from Lincoln, a letter from J. Edgar Hoover," Shelangouski says.

It's fun for the volunteers, who range in age from 18 to 88, but the work they're doing behind the scenes helps make all of this possible.

"It's really important to us to have the extra help because we have so much to do," Shelangouski says.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer at the museum, call 309-782-5021.
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