Michigan Historical Museum Invites You to Help Share Our History
Do you have a passion for Michigan? Or an interest in the state's history? Then the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing needs you. On Aug. 16, the museum will host an informational meeting on volunteering as a docent.
Docents are volunteers who welcome visitors in the museum galleries, answer questions and share their own interest and knowledge of Michigan's past.
"As a new docent, I started out with very limited knowledge of Michigan's history, but over time I've learned how to roll bandages for the Civil War, what a flapper wore and did for fun, and how B-24 bombers and Model Ts were built," said MHC docent Deb Malewski. "It's fun interacting and sharing information with our visitors."
People wishing to learn more about the docent program are invited to meet museum staff and current docents on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Michigan Historical Museum, located at 702 West Kalamazoo St. in Lansing. The event will include information about the museum, the docent application process and the types of work docents do.
"Our docents are essential to making every visit a fun learning experience for children and adults," said Michigan Historical Center Director Sandra Clark. "We hope many people will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about a great way to give back to our community and work with a wonderful group of people."
The most successful docents have an interest in Michigan history, a desire to share their enthusiasm with the public, the ability to speak clearly before a group and a willingness to lead tours and programs for children and adults.
Scheduling is flexible and can include weekend hours. Docents who complete training are expected to fulfill an annual time commitment. Docents also receive a museum store discount, free parking and special training opportunities.
Docent training begins on Thursday, Sept. 29, and consists of five weekly sessions. In addition, trainees work with experienced docents who help guide them as they begin to work with visitors.
To learn more about the program or to R.S.V.P. for the Aug. 16 meeting, please contact Maria Quinlan Leiby, education coordinator, at 517-373-1685 or LeibyM@michigan.gov.
The Michigan Historical Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its museum and archival programs help people discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage. It includes the Michigan Historical Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/michiganhistory.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.