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Fairfield Museum Seeks Volunteers To Train As Docents

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is hosting an information session for new docents this month.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is hosting an information session for new docents this month. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield Museum and History Center is looking for people who want to share their interest in history with students and visitors by becoming a museum docent.

Find out how to become a docent through a free orientation session Friday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m.-noon at the museum, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 203-259-1598 or emailing Christine Jewell, director of education at education@fairfieldhs.org.

The museum's education staff will present an overview of docent opportunities as well as a highlights of the Historic Town Green walking tour. Docents are trained educators who present guided tours, including walking tours of Fairfield’s Historic Town Green, house tours of the 1750 Ogden House and exhibition tours. The volunteer position offers adults the chance to learn about local history and to work directly with the public.

The museum docent program includes readings and discussions on various topics in American history and education. Those interested in becoming a docent need to complete an application and interview, attend training sessions and commit to conducting tours during the week or weekends for at least one year.

Mike Brennan became a docent at the Fairfield Museum after a 35-year career in publishing. “Especially gratifying to me,” he said of his role at the museum, “is to experience the awakening awareness of the past in young children. It is a privilege to be a part of this process.”

Docent benefits include field trips, access to evening lecture series by noted historians and the opportunity to meet others interested in history and education.

“We are planning several exciting new projects that will open in spring 2017, including new exhibitions in the Sun Tavern and the Victorian Cottage and Barn,” said Jewell. “Docents will be an important part of the new educational programs and tours for visitors that will launch next spring and summer.”

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