02 April 2009

Philadelphia: Jewish museum seeks docents

The National Museum of American Jewish History is set to open on Philadelphia's Independence Mall in fall 2010. It is looking for volunteer docents to complete a comprehensive training program for tours and educational programs. The course will begin in October 2009.

What do docents do?

They provide visitors with a deeper understanding of museum artifacts and the history, people, and the stories behind them. The NMAJH Docent Program wants to offer all visitors an exciting and engaging experience - one that provides a new understanding and appreciation for, and continued interest in, American Jewish history and everyone’s connection to it.

Docents attend a one-year course with weekly meetings on American Jewish history. In addition to volunteering a minimum of eight hours a month to guide tours and other visitors, they also research and learn about special exhibitions and conduct independent research, facilitate programs with area schools and community groups, as well as assisting with public programs.

A background in (museum) education, (American Jewish) history, volunteerism/human relations or (theater) arts and culture is preferable but not necessary, according to the site.

For more information, click here and go to the Education tab.

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