History Museum Seeks Applicants for Teen Docent Program

By April 14, 2020Press Releases
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LOS ALTOS, CA (April 14, 2020) Los Altos History Museum is now accepting applications for its 2020-21 Teen Docent Program. Open to any student enrolled in a local high school for the 2020-21 year, the program offers teens the opportunity to interact with the community, fulfill volunteer hours for school, learn about history, connect with peers, and work alongside Museum professionals while gaining valuable employment skills to include on a college resume. The Museum will accept up to 15 students, and applications must be completed through its website by May 29.

Following a one-week training seminar that runs August 3-7, 2020, participants become Museum Docents, working 2-4 hours per month from August 2020-July 2021. As Docents, they greet visitors; lead tours of the Museum’s exhibitions, grounds, and historic J. Gilbert Smith House; and assist with activities and programs.

The Museum rolled out its pilot Teen Docent Program last year. Homestead High School student Varshini Chouthri said about the program, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience…it has been some of the best times of my life.”

“Our Teen Docents have become an integral part of the Museum team, and they bring such enthusiasm and energy to the position,” said Exhibition Curator, Dr. Amy Ellison. “They’ve been amazing to work with, from leading tours to running our first ever Escape Room. We’re excited to be able to offer this program again and look forward to welcoming a new cohort of amazing local students.”

Applicants to the program will be notified in June. For information and to apply, visit losaltoshistory.org/TeenDocentProg, or email teenprogram@losaltoshistory.org

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 collections, permanent 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, visit: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact: Marketing@losaltoshistory.org

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

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