Local museums need volunteer help, official says

Pine Bluff is home to a group of unique museums that are in need of dedicated volunteers to serve as guides and greeters and to assist with special events and maintenance according to city officials.

“The problem we are having is many of the great volunteers we have relied upon are getting too old to help us,” said Greg Gustek, director of the Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors Bureau. “And two of our volunteers at the Arkansas Entertainer’s Hall of Fame passed away over the past few months. I know there are some people who would love to do this.”

Gustek said volunteers will be rotated through the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum, the Arkansas Railroad Museum, the Arkansas Entertainer’s Hall of Fame and the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.

“We are planning on setting up a pool of volunteers who will help us to promote our attractions,” Gustek said.

Gustek said he is interested in hearing from anyone who would like to commit some of their time to welcoming visitors to Pine Bluff.

“Last year over $110 million was spent on travel in Jefferson County and over 1,300 people have a job in this county because of tourism,” Gustek said. “Tourism is actually our fifth-largest employer. Even though Pine Bluff is not considered a destination like Hot Springs or Orange Beach [Ala.] we do have a niche that attracts visitors and that is these great museums.

“We plan to have an organizational meeting in a few weeks to let people who are interested in volunteering know what their duties will be and how important this is for the city,” Gustek said.

Gustek asked anyone interested in volunteering to call (870) 536-7600.