Are you a lifelong learner with a passion for sharing history with your community? Consider joining the Fairfield Museum team as a docent!
The Fairfield Museum is recruiting a new class of docents, trained volunteer educators who present guided tours and education programs to K-12 students and adults. The docent program is both intellectually stimulating and socially rewarding and includes courses, readings, and discussions on topics in American History. 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 to students, families and adults.
We need docents to help in the following areas:
-Giving tours of the 1750 Ogden House on Sunday afternoons between Memorial Day and Labor Day
-Helping to open up the Museum Commons in July and August by giving tours of the Sun Tavern (c. 1780) and Victorian Barn (1888)
-Leading art and history-related activities for families at the Victorian Cottage
-During the school year, leading interactive tours for K-12 students at the Museum
What is the commitment?
– Attend training sessions & quarterly meetings
– Successfully complete a practice tour
– Be able to walk and stand for length of tours; up to 1.5 hours. Some historical buildings are not physically accessible.
– Read and study materials on history and education
– Commit to at least 2 or more volunteer shifts per month
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 fill out this form by May 1, 2022. Staff will follow up with more information after we receive the applications.
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