Hoyt Sherman Place

Website: Central Iowa Historic Entertainment Venue – Hoyt Sherman Place

Mission: Hoyt Sherman Place is a vibrant cultural destination where people can connect with art, music, history, and one another. The venue offers an intimate theater experience with extraordinary acoustics, a beautiful historic mansion, and a majestic art gallery.

Location:  Des Moines (48 miles from Grinnell College)


Hoyt Sherman Place invites you to join our volunteer program! As a volunteer you will take your place alongside the staff and many other dedicated individuals who enjoy meeting new people, supporting the arts within the Greater Des Moines area and celebrating the rich history of our one-of-a-kind facility.

We always have positions for volunteer ushers. We do have internships available in the summer for museum professionals, marketing, theater techs, art instructors and event coordinators.



  • One-time events: no
  • Ongoing: yes


When is service needed:  We have a holiday shut down from December 21st-January 2nd.

Number of hours: Flexible hours, as much or little as is possible for the volunteer


  • In-person: yes
  • Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: no
  • Fully virtual possible: no


Background check required: no

Equipment/logistics needed: Theater ushers are asked to wear a white shirt, black pants and black shoes (closed toe). Docents casual/professional.


Training supplied: Brief training for theater volunteers. Several days for docents.


How to apply: via the website https://hoytsherman.org/about/volunteer/

Contact:  Main number (515) 244-0507

Janet Mootz, Mansion and Art Gallery Docent Program, 515-452-0610 mootz@hoytsherman.org

Toni Roberts, Theater Volunteer Coordinator, 515-348-6941  roberts@hoytsherman.org


Operation information: Ever since Hoyt Sherman completed his family home in 1877, this lovely space in Sherman Hill has been a hub of connection. From one-of-a-kind events to sharing art and exploring history, this is the place to be in Des Moines. For more than 100 years, Hoyt Sherman Place has been a part of the community and will be for the next 100.  In 2015, Hoyt Sherman Place was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association Hall of Fame for its continued excellence in providing a beautiful venue in which musicians can perform and for its rich history of presenting music to the masses.

In 2020, the Center for Artists and Education was constructed on the north side of the theater, while preserving all historic integrity. The three-floor expansion includes backstage amenities, meeting spaces, administrative offices, and spectacular views. In 2021, the mansion’s second floor was restored, including Hoyt and Sara’s bedroom and a room dedicated to the memory of their daughter, Helen Sherman Griffith. The rooms include period-appropriate lighting fixtures, original paint colors, flooring and décor. Many of the pieces were donated by generous donors who are interested in the history and preservation of Hoyt Sherman Place. In addition to the second floor restoration, a mobility-impaired lift has been added to allow all visitors access to the second floor. A Research and Archive Library was also created to view special documents.

Address: 1501 Woodland Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309

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