Docents in Museum Education

Become a Museum Docent!

Are you a lifelong learner with a passion for sharing history? Find out about becoming a Museum Docent! Docents are trained volunteer educators who present guided tours and other education programs to students and adults. The Fairfield Museum Docent Program is both intellectually stimulating and socially rewarding and includes readings and discussions on various topics in American history and education.

In early summer of 2017 new exhibitions featuring interactive, hands-on experiences will open in three buildings on the Museum Commons nearby Fairfield’s Town Green: Victorian Cottage and Barn (1888) and Sun Tavern (c.1780). Spring 2017 Docent Training will provide new opportunities to become involved in our community. Docents are needed to present tours and facilitate hands-on activities in the Sun Tavern. Training will also cover the 1750 Ogden House and Town Green Walking Tours. Whether you’ve lived here for many years or you are new to the area, discover the rewards of sharing the rich history of our town and region to students, families and adults.

Whether you’ve lived here for many years or you are new to the area, discover the rewards of sharing the rich history of our town and region to students, families and adults. To apply, please complete a Docent Volunteer application and attend one of our upcoming information and general training sessions below. Deadline for Docent Applications is Friday, April 7, 2017.

Docent Information Session: Fairfield 101
Wednesday, March 16, 10am – 12pm | Tuesday, March 21, 10am – 12pm | Monday, March 27, 1pm – 3pm.
RSVP to Christine Jewell at the information below or online here >>

Learn about inquiry-based education and how to spark curiosity in our visitors. The information session will cover Teaching with Primary Sources, general Fairfield history and docent policies.

For more information, please call Christine Jewell, Director of Education, at 203-259-1598.

flhs_nickdeveauJunior Docent Program

The Fairfield Museum Junior Docent Program provides opportunities for regional high school students to develop important public speaking and engagement skills while learning and sharing about the history of Fairfield and the region.  Junior Docents will lead exhibition tours and facilitate hands-on activities in the Victorian Cottage and Tavern, as well as in the Fairfield Museum exhibitions, for adults, children and families. Junior Docents will also have opportunities to volunteering at programs and events throughout the year. Space is limited!
Students must complete an application, available for download here, and an interview.
Deadline for applications is April 21, 2017.

Reflections from Our Current Docents:

I thought it was a great way for me to give service to my town by putting my own experience and interest to work. ~ Barbara
Visitors feel enriched and almost patriotic … It always makes me smile! ~ Jill
It’s rewarding to learn constantly and to see the the actual sites of the historic town that still exist, not just in photographs.
~ Roberta
I enjoy working with the young people on the tours. ~ Patricia
I was so amazed at the amount of history that took place in our own town, I just knew I had to learn more. Eventually I learned enough to conduct my own tours. ~ Jill
For me, connecting with the people and the stories of the past is important. I love to engage others, young and old, who want to know and understand more about their history and how that history informs the present and charts the future. There is always more to learn, and what better place to do that than here. ~ Mike
I’ve enjoyed getting to know the staff and other docents through social events. ~ Barbara