The Santee Historical Society preserves the most important things – memories.

A dedicated group of volunteers helps us fulfill our mission by performing a variety of tasks in every department – and by promoting the SHS in the community.

Would you like to catalog books or objects, research a historical topic, garden, monitor the antiques and rare books market, perform administration tasks, help keep our collections in order, assist at special events – or even clean or paint? Do you like to repair old furniture, sew, or iron? There might be a perfect Santee Historical project just for you! In turn, you will have many opportunities like networking, making new friends, and building valuable work-related skills and experience.

We are not asking for a lifetime commitment. We are merely asking for an hour or two of your time each month. If you can give us this or more, Please fill out the SHS volunteer application form so we can find a task that you would love to do. Email us at: TheSanteeHistoricalSociety@gmail.com

We also need help in the following:

Photographers – We need volunteers to photograph the buildings of Santee.

Transcriptions of Old Articles – We have been transcribing articles so that they are searchable (These articles contain a wealth of information, and are amazing resources for researchers. However, we need help transcribing these articles from their original newsprint pages to digital form. There are also cassette tapes of interviews with some of our residents that need to be transcribed. We need some quick typers to help us make these transcriptions!

Copy old slides and negatives – We have a lot of old slides and negatives that need to be copied into computer ready images. We will teach you how to do this if you don’t know how.

Fundraising and Corporate Sponsorship – We need help fundraising and finding corporate sponsors for the Historical Society. Are you good at getting people to become members? We would appreciate help from anyone with experience in this area. If you are good at charming the socks off someone, this may be the volunteer job for you!

Docents and House sitters – The Barn is open to the public from 10am to Noon Tuesdays and the third Saturday of the month. The Historical Society needs Docents and House sitters to give tours and supervise visitors during this time. Docents and House sitters typically work just 2 hours per month.

Oral Histories – Oral history interviews of older Santee residents are so important. These are fascinating pieces of history, containing information that could easily be lost. We need volunteers to conduct oral history interviews of today’s older generations, to make sure that their stories of life in Santee are not lost. If you are one of these older residents, we also need your history.

You can also stop by the barn when we are open on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to Noon (except the second Tuesday of the month) and the 3nd Saturday of the month from 10am to 2pm.

The Santee Historical Society is a private, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization. We are not a City agency nor are we financially supported by the City of Santee or the County of San Diego. We are entirely dependent on contributions from ordinary people. That’s why public support is so crucial!

Please note that your contributions may be tax deductible. Please consult with your tax adviser for more information.


Call us (619) 449-2024
Email us at: TheSanteeHistoricalSociety@gmail.com.
Find us on Facebook at THE Santee Historical Society.