September 13 (Saturday, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.) Upstairs / Downstairs Tour Docent Training Workshop. The Oberlin Heritage Center will offer a training workshop for volunteers interested in becoming docents for its historic sites tours and special events. The session will begin at the Monroe House, 73½ South Professor Street. Parking is available in the Heritage Center's parking lot accessed off of 20 West Vine Street (behind Midas Muffler).
The introductory workshop offers training for the tour of the Heritage Center's three beautifully preserved on-site buildings, the Monroe House (1866), the Little Red Schoolhouse (1836) and the Jewett House (1884). Docent volunteers receive an overview of Oberlin history from the community and college's founding in 1833 through the next 100 years, covering a number of themes and events. Into this background are woven introductions to the people who once lived and worked in the historic buildings featured in the Oberlin Heritage Center tour.
The trained docents will be asked to make a commitment of helping with at least four tours or open house events per year as part of the Oberlin Heritage Center's volunteer program. The docent-training workshop is free and open to the public. Current and past docents are welcome to join new volunteers in updating their knowledge of the museums' collections and sharpening tour skills.
Prospective docents should take part in a guided tour of the Oberlin Heritage Center and chat with the
Museum Education and Tour Coordinator, Elizabeth Schultz, prior to signing up for the workshop.
Advance registration is required by September 10. For more information, or to reserve your place at the workshop, please call Liz Schultz at the Oberlin Heritage Center office at 440/774-1700 or send her an e-mail at [email protected].