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Fairfield Museum And History Center Seeks New Docents

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is looking for docents.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is looking for docents. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

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

A free orientation session will be held on Friday, May 27 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the museum, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. Coffee and refreshments will be served. RSVP to Christine Jewell, director of education at 203-259-1598 or education@fairfieldhs.org . According to Jewell, the education staff at the museum will present an overview of docent opportunities as well as a highlights of the Historic Town Green walking tour.

“The docent program is intellectually stimulating,” said Jewell, and includes readings and discussions on various topics in American history and education. Future docents will learn how to present guided tours of Fairfield’s Historic Town Green, exhibition tours and house tours of the 1750 Ogden House.

The volunteer position offers adults the chance to learn about local history and to work directly with the public. Docent Jill Littig said she has really enjoyed the experience.

“I was so amazed at the amount of history that took place in our own town, I just knew I had to learn more, and eventually I learned enough to conduct my own tours,” said Littig.

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

“Whether you’ve lived in the area for many years or are a new resident, you are invited to discover the rewards of sharing the rich history of the town of Fairfield and the region with students, families and adults,” said Jewell.

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is a regional cultural arts and education center established in 2007 by the 103-year old Fairfield Historical Society. The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Members of the museum and children under 5 years of age are free.

Click here or call 203-259-1598 for more information.

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