Welcome new docents!

Written by Karine Huys, volunteer coordinator at the Indiana State Museum

How time flies! It seems like just yesterday (even though it was early September) that the third class of docents began their training here at the museum. They graduated as full-fledged docents on Wednesday — and just in time!

Docents, docents-in-training and volunteers alike have been hard at work filling volunteer positions associated with the Lincoln exhibits. The graduating class will have their first chance to officially volunteer as docents during the Going Green festival here at the Indiana State Museum in late March, where they will staff an activity about water turbidity (turbid: deficient in clarity or purity according to Webster). A few of them will get to try their hand at giving an Architecture Tour to a group of museum visitors. And as bookings for tours continue to pick up as the weather (hopefully) improves, they will all get a turn at leading tours.

Congratulations to Steve, Barbara, Larry, Bob, Glenda, Donna, April, Herb and Robert!

Find out more about our Docent program.

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Sharing Hoosier History

Bringing history to life has always been important to me. As an Air Force kid, I had the opportunity to visit castles, Roman ruins and ancient burial sites. Each new place I visited was a chance to gather experiences and turn them into stories of the people who lived there and the wonders they encountered. I became the family storyteller or, as my dad liked to call me, the family “tour guide.” How amazing is it then that I now get paid to direct tours at the Indiana State Museum!

docent_tourI’ve found the same fascinating stories and amazing objects right in my own Indiana backyard and I have the pleasure of training docents to share them with visitors. Our docent tour guides get to explore the beautiful modern architecture of our building on the Indiana State Museum Architecture tour, they connect with the ancient Native American’s and the more recent immigrants who have called Indiana home on the More than Arrowheads and the New Lands, New Homes tours, and they help protect our eco-system each time they give the Indiana Safari tour.

If you’ve always wanted to be a tour guide yourself, maybe our docent training program is for you. We are now accepting applications. For more information, visit our website. If leading a tour doesn’t appeal to you, why not get a group together and come share a guided tour with us? With a little planning, your next visit (or your first) to the Indiana State Museum can be a personal connection with history.

Call 317.232.1637 to book a guided tour. Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance and are complimentary with museum admission.

Christa Thacker is the education presentation specialist at the Indiana State Museum.

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