Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome at Community of Christ historic sites. Those who are passionate about history and meeting new people volunteer as historic interpreters. Garden enthusiasts are welcome to dive into the gardens during the peak seasons of spring, summer, and fall. A variety of volunteers find a comfortable home at the Visitor Centers assisting in the museum store, greeting visitors, and managing group reservations. Our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers are the backbone of our historic sites.
Community of Christ volunteers have a variety of places to choose from when considering serving at the historic sites:
Joseph Smith Historic Site, Nauvoo, Illinois
Located alongside the beautiful Mississippi river, the Joseph Smith Historic Site is home to a collection of historic houses once occupied by Joseph and Emma Smith. Volunteers enjoy leading tours, assisting in the gardens, greeting and hosting traveling groups, all the while ending each day with a beautiful sunset on the river.
Joseph Smith III's Liberty Hall, Lamoni, Iowa
Perhaps Lamoni's best kept secret, Liberty Hall was once home to Joseph Smith III and his growing family from 1881-1905. The beautiful Victorian era home bustled with energy as the center of social and religious life for the early Community of Christ. Today, volunteers continue to tell the story of historic home, assist with maintenance needs, gardens, and caring for a unique collection of artifacts that continue to hold memories of Liberty Hall.
Heritage Plaza, Independence, Missouri
Located in the heart of Community of Christ headquarters, Heritage Plaza hosts two significant historic structures that tell the diverse Community of Christ story. Site volunteers relive the story of the Flournoy House, a 1820s brick home and site where early church leaders purchased the 63-acre "Temple Lot." In addition to the Flournoy house, volunteers lead guests through the historic F. M. Smith Study. This historic cabin and the stories shared therein capture the vision of President Frederick Madison Smith and his dreams of building Zion.