Here at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, we provide our guests with one of the most unique experiences in South Florida. Our stunning estate hosts a variety of fun and educational events throughout the year and serves as one of the most important cultural landmarks in the region. Visiting the Bonnet House property gives guests the opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of South Florida, the importance of our local ecology, and the stylistic significance of the featured artwork.
However, as much as we pride ourselves on providing such valuable experiences to our guests, we understand that none of this would be possible without our fantastic team of volunteers. Our talented team of staff and volunteers make up a tight-knit family with common passions for history, art, nature, and more. We care deeply about the estate and believe that its preservation benefits not only the individuals who visit but the entire Fort Lauderdale community. It is through our volunteers and their efforts that we are able to maintain the integrity and beauty of this unique historic estate and ensure a pleasant and enjoyable experience for each guest.
Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from biochemistry to banking, and law to photography. Many have been with us for over two decades, and are still enjoying their time here! Former Bonnet House CEO, Karen Beard, knows that “Bonnet House is a special place and it attracts some of the most dedicated and professional people I have ever known.”
Stephen Draft has certainly left his mark at Bonnet House as both Volunteer and Curator. After moving to the Fort Lauderdale area, Stephen began his time with Bonnet House as a volunteer working with the Grounds Manager, and later doing tram tours. But as his passion for Bonnet House and his experience here grew, he was offered employment as our Curator. “The thrill at seeing some neglected part of the property transformed never stopped happening for me…I was curator for 6 years before retiring and becoming a volunteer again,” Stephen recalls.
At Bonnet House, we value each and every one of our volunteers. We need and desire their continued help, enthusiasm, and support in order to keep the estate operating at a high standard. Without our volunteers, the Bonnet House experience would simply not be the same. Whether it’s everyday operations, special evening events, or post-hurricane cleanup, Bonnet House couldn’t operate as it does without our team of dedicated volunteers.
Volunteers have a variety of different opportunities to serve at Bonnet House. If you have any questions or wish to join our team of volunteers at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, please call (954) 703-2606 or click here.
The photo above was taken by volunteer and Bonnet House Fine Artist, Barbie Pearson, at our annual Volunteer Appreciation event and includes volunteers Carol Lucas, John Jors, May Muensch, and Edward Hashek.