Docents in Museum Education


Junior Docent Program

The Fairfield Museum Junior Docent Program provides a unique opportunity for regional high school students to work with families and children in an educational setting. Develop important public speaking and engagement skills while learning about and sharing the history of Fairfield. Junior Docents will lead exhibition tours and facilitate hands-on activities for children in the historic properties on the Museum Commons. Exhibitions featuring interactive, hands-on experiences are featured in three buildings: The Children’s Cottage, the Victorian Agricultural Barn (1888) and the Sun Tavern (c.1780). This program qualifies for Community Service requirements. Space is limited!

Students must complete an application, available for download here >>
Deadline for applications is Friday, April 20 by 5pm.

Volunteer Meet & Greet
Friday, April 6: 11:30am – 12:30pm. RSVP to Christine Jewell at 203-259-1598.

Join us to find out more about volunteering at the Fairfield Museum. Volunteers are needed to assist in our Museum Shop and Education Department. Enjoy a tour of the Fairfield Museum, meet staff and volunteers and discover more about becoming a Museum Docent to conduct tours for students in the busy spring season.

Docent Training
Friday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 24, 10am – 12pm. RSVP to Christine Jewell at 203-259-1598.

Are you fascinated by the history of Fairfield? Are you interested in helping students discover more about their town and community? Docents are needed in early March of 2018 to facilitate self-guided activities for students in the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past. These training sessions provide all of the tools that you need to lead this fun and engaging activity for 3rd grade students.

Docent training is both intellectually stimulating and socially rewarding and includes readings and discussions on various topics in American history and history education. Docents also volunteer assistance at programs, attend lectures presented by scholars, and participate in teacher workshops.

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 or call Christine Jewell at 203-259-1598.

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