The Campus Martius and Ohio River museums play important roles in the Marietta community.
They're not only sites for students from near and far to be educated but places where history lives on, an archive of the area's past. It's somewhere that those who love history can visit again and again and where a first-time interest in history could easily be sparked.
Since 2009, both museums have been managed by the nonprofit Friends of the Museum on behalf of the Ohio Historical Society. The change was made after state budget cuts threatened to close the museums along with other historical society sites throughout Ohio.
The Friends group took on the challenge and the museums have flourished, with expanded hours, more visitors and improved fiscal health.
To do that, the small staff has relied on many volunteers putting in hours doing everything from leading tours to doing research to physical setup and construction at the sites.
And today, they're again casting the net and seeking more community members to lend a hand.
With a steady group of 40 volunteers in place, more are still needed during busy times and for special projects.
We're sure we have residents willing to put a little time and effort into keeping these museums thriving.
For those who want to know more, there will be an ice cream social held at the museum at 2 p.m. April 8 to find out more about volunteer opportunities.
We hope it's well-attended and a few more names are added to the volunteer roster after the event.
Members of our community cared so much about Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museum that they took over daily operations, a monumental task. The least we can do is give a little time in return.