History Museum Launches Teen Docent Program

LOS ALTOS, CA (May 21, 2019) Los Altos History Museum announces the formation of a teen docent volunteer program, a free opportunity for teens to fulfill volunteer hours and enhance their college resume in a fun and interactive way. Following a week-long training seminar July 15-19, participants will become museum docents, working 2-4 hours each month through the 2019-2020 school year, leading tours, interacting with visitors, and assisting with museum activities and programs. Deadline to apply is June 15.

“Our Teen Docents will obtain real work experience, engaging with museum professionals and gaining insight into their fields of study,” said Jocelyn Lambert, intern for the Teen Docent Program. “During the training, participants will be exploring local history and community outreach, while working on building their public speaking, presentation and customer service skills.”

The program is a result of community feedback requesting more opportunities for teen involvement at the Museum. “The Los Altos area has extraordinary youth, and we are excited to be able to enrich their life experience through volunteering,” said Executive Director, Dr. Elisabeth Ward.

Application and program details are available on the Los Altos History Museum website under Support-Volunteer and under Education-Teen Docents. The Museum is also seeking teen volunteers for its Apricot STEM Fair on June 30. Download an application from the Museum’s website.

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org