Volunteers

We would like to invite you to volunteer at our museums, to help us keep the doors open, and to become involved in some specific aspect at some level.

Members of the volunteer staff function as docents, museum educators, carpenters, electricians, painters, veteran interviewers, and archivists. There are many docent opportunities on weekdays, weekends and holidays; or alternatively, you may want to participate in other important activities that are vital to the goals of the Museum and better fit your available time schedules, interests or expertise.

To keep visitors coming back year after year, we continually endeavor to improve our exhibits and displays to keep them fresh and interesting. Our volunteers are the engine that brings the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey to life, and they are critically essential to the development and installation of exhibits.

With opportunities presently available in Sea Girt and Lawrenceville, we encourage you to join our work in preserving New Jersey’s military history and telling the stories of our state’s soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen.

If you are interested in contributing your talents in these or other areas, and would like to volunteer at the Sea Girt Museum or the Lawrenceville Museum in some capacity, please complete the Volunteer Application Form.

Please contact us at (732) 974-5966 if you have any questions.

June 18, 1864
The Thirty-fifth New Jersey Infantry charged a Confederate position at Big Shanty, Georgia, capturing a line of rifle pits and fifty prisoners.

June 18, 1812
America declared war on Great Britain. New Jersey’s subsequent role was largely relegated to militia duty in coastal defense. A regular army regiment, the Fifteenth United States Infantry, was raised in the state.

June 14,1917
Two months after the United States entry into World War I, the first troop transports headed for Europe left Hoboken, which became the leading port of embarkation for American soldiers for the duration of the war. 

May 30, 1948: The New Jersey Air National Guard’s 108th Fighter Squadron held an air show at Newark Airport.

Visiting British airmen brought a Lancaster bomber to the 1948 Newark Air Show.

At 6:00 AM on January 3, 1944, there was a massive explosion in the Atlantic Ocean six miles off Sandy Hook. The USS Turner, a Gleaves Class destroyer seen in this photo, had exploded.

May 29, 1971: The “governor’s cottage” at Sea Girt, where the state’s governors resided while spending the summers at the National Guard camp, beginning in 1906, was demolished.