James A. Ramage Civil War Museum Information


The Mission of The James A. Ramage Civil War Museum is to inform visitors about the defense of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati during the Civil War and how the community came together to defend the area during this critical period in our nation's history. The Museum preserves and interprets Northern Kentucky's unique role in the Civil War through archaeology, education and research. The Museum also informs visitors about the history of the City of Fort Wright and its neighboring communities.

Hours of Operation

The Museum is closed until further notice.


(Currently we are not accepting new memberships).

A great way to show your support of the museum is to purchase a Museum Membership through our Hooper's Heroes Membership Program. In addition to knowing you’re helping the museum in its mission of preserving local history, members will receive discounts in our gift shop and ongoing used book sale, and special members-only previews of upcoming special displays or events. Annual membership is just $20 for an individual or $35 for a family. For more information on memberships and a sign up form, please click here.


(Currently we are not accepting new volunteers).

The James A. Ramage Civil War Museum seeks qualified individuals for the Volunteer Program who are interested and enthusiastic about the working with a broad range of audiences and who are willing and able to fulfill the Museum's mission. Individuals with an interest and/or background in history, the arts, education and facility operations are highly encouraged to apply.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Mandatory orientation for general Volunteers
  • Good communication skills
  • Pass a Criminal Background Check conducted by the City of Fort Wright, Kentucky. Individuals who refuse to comply with this request may not be accepted as a Volunteer
  • Compliance with the Museum's policies and procedures, and understanding of the Museum's Volunteer manual
  • Flexibility in scheduling and with responsibilities
  • Additional training for Volunteers who wish to conduct educational programs both in house and outreach

Museum Volunteer

At the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, all Volunteers will be trained on the background information for exhibits and how to interpret the varying exhibits to a broad range of audiences. Volunteers are the Museum's front line personnel and responsible for being friendly and gracious to all the Museum's visitors. All Museum Volunteers will be provided with a Museum shirt and identification badge that must be worn at all times when volunteering at the Museum. Failure to do so may result in dismissal of a Volunteer. Volunteers will also be provided with a Museum manual and are required to review the manual and be able to convey its material to the general public. Scheduling for Volunteers is flexible and the Museum Board will work with Volunteers to accommodate schedules.

Education Volunteer

Education Volunteers will either assist with or lead educational programming at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum or through booked outreach programs. Additional training on the programs themselves and how to interact and lead a Museum program is required. Further information concerning the leading of programs will be provided to Education Volunteers. No Education Volunteers are permitted to conduct an Education Program representing the Museum without an official booking and confirmation of a Museum program through the Museum's appointed official. Education Volunteers will not be required to learn all Museum programs, they can pick and choose certain programs to learn and present. Uniforms and identification badges must be worn by all Education Volunteers. Reimbursement for mileage while conducting outreach programs will be provided.

Special Event Volunteer

Special Event Volunteers may volunteer to assist at one or more scheduled events at the Museum or at Battery Hooper Park throughout the year. Special Events at the Museum are typically scheduled a year in advance, so please refer to our Events Calendar, if you are interested in volunteering for a specific event. We do ask that any individual or group interested in volunteering for an event please contact the Museum or the City of Fort Wright, Kentucky at least two weeks prior to the event. Children, school groups or other youth organizations are welcome to volunteer for scheduled events, however children must be at least 10 years of age and accompanied by chaperones or a parent. In addition, Youth Volunteers will have to provide a signed release form from a parent or guardian prior to volunteering. Volunteers for special events will also be required to sign a release form and provide contact information prior to the event. Special Event Volunteers will be required to wear an I.D. badge and may be required to wear a specific uniform for an event. During some special events, such as Battery Hooper Days, Volunteers may be required to follow a specific schedule.

For further information about becoming a Volunteer please contact the James A. Ramage Museum and leave a message with your name and contact information at (859) 344-1145.

For individuals wishing to become a volunteer with the Museum, please complete a Museum Volunteer Application and email or mail it to:

James A. Ramage Civil War Museum
409 Kyles Lane
Fort Wright, Kentucky 41011

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