Volunteers Page

Are you interested in preserving the history of how eastern South Dakota rural citizens lived many years ago? If so, then getting involved with Prairie Village, which is dedicated to actively preserving and demonstrating the past, may be for you. It’s also a great way to meet other people with similar interests while also obtaining the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are directly helping to move Prairie Village dynamically forward.

Prairie Village was established on its present site in 1966. Volunteerism has been the backbone of the constant growth and success of the village over the span of those many years. All volunteer time and effort, big or small, is vital to our continued progression and it is always greatly appreciated!!

Here are some other ways ways you can volunteer at Prairie Village:


  1. Help with the railroad by being a conductor. We are in need of additional conductors.
  2. Assist with many special events during the season.
  3. Take photos at Prairie Village events or otherwise while visiting the village. We can always use good photos for our archives, our website, and for use in advertising and promotional initiatives.
  4. Assist as a leader or accompanist with our church services – held every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. June – August.

Some of the areas where we need volunteers during the annual Steam Threshing Jamboree include:

  1. People mover drivers. Tractor drivers to pull the people mover trailers that transport visitors between the parking lot and the admission gates. With the very large crowd expected, the people movers will provide a vitally important function. Contact Mark Bakker at 605-941-0501 if you would like to be a people mover driver.
  2. Hosts in the historic buildings and in the Chapel Car Emmanuel, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday – Sunday.
  3. Carousel ticket sellers
  4. Assisting in the village kitchen
  5. Selling railroad tickets in the depot
  6. Selling ice

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about volunteering, contact us by email or phone: manager@prairievillage.org or 605-256-3644.