Apply to Join Rokeby’s Board of Trustees

Robinson Historic Home Backyard

Guide real and lasting change with Rokeby Museum

Rokeby Search for Trustees — September 2023
Deadline for Letters of Interest: October 9, 2023

Rokeby Museum, a 90-acre National Historic Landmark and Underground Railroad Site in Ferrisburgh, VT, has openings for new members of the Board of Trustees starting in January 2024. Each Trustee serves a 3-year term, with the possible addition of a second 3-year term. Rokeby’s mission and programs are committed to social justice, diversity, inclusion, and historic preservation and interpretation of the Robinson family’s homestead in a historical context. We seek new members to join us in moving forward the mission and programs of this unique part of the history and current-day narrative of American history.

We welcome people who live in Addison County as well as those who live elsewhere in Vermont and the nation. Rokeby’s Board of Trustees meets six times a year. Trustees serve on one of the Museum’s committees, which typically meet in the months between Board meetings. Trustees have the option to attend meetings in person or virtually. 

Currently, we are looking for trustees with knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Finance: a background in financial management, accounting, and bookkeeping for non-profits; willingness to consider the position of Board Treasurer in 2025.
  • Fundraising: knowledge and/or experience in development and fundraising; raising funds for specific and/or general areas of a nonprofit/museum.
  • Marketing: extending the profile of the museum; public relations; marketing events and programs.
  • Pre-K–12 Educator: classroom, curriculum, and DEI experience; understanding of museum education practices.

If you are interested in becoming part of a team of committed trustees, staff, volunteers, artists, and professionals, we’d like to hear from you.  Please submit a short resume or a synopsis of your relevant experiences and a letter of interest detailing your strengths and any other relevant information to the Executive Director, Lindsay Houpt-Varner, at by October 9, 2023

The Rokeby Board of Trustees has the opportunity to guide real and lasting change in this historically dynamic institution as well as advance our social justice mission. Please consider joining us!

About Rokeby Museum: 

The 18th-century farmhouse is furnished with nearly 200 years of domestic belongings. Together with its archive of over 15,000 family letters, the museum provides an intimate view into four generations of the remarkable Robinson family of agriculturists, abolitionists, artists, and authors. The 90-acre site includes historic farm buildings and cultural heritage walking trails. The Education Center offers a main exhibition on the Underground Railroad exhibition and a gallery for changing exhibits.