“Docent” comes from the Latin docere, meaning “to teach.” Consequently, education and staying current with changes in our ever-expanding museum are of primary importance. Docents educate the public about the rich history of our community and our exhibits by conducting scheduled tours of the museum. Docents are important members of the Durham community and bring to their role a deep interest in the preservation of history and our community and a desire to share that knowledge with others.
Education staff will work with perspective docents to make sure they have the tools and knowledge needed to conduct tours, with ample opportunities to observe and learn from staff members and other volunteers.
Docent tours are concentrated in two main areas of public contact: Private group tours that could include a senior citizen group or a professional business group, and school tours of all age groups from 3-year-olds to college students. We offer a variety of themed tours including general guided tours, Nebraska and Omaha history tours, and classes about Pioneer Life, Plains Indian Life, Historic Schoolrooms, and much more. These opportunities are available both during the week and on weekends.
As a docent, your time commitment varies depending on the time of year. We do not require a set amount of hours that you need to give. Each month a schedule of upcoming tours is sent out and docents choose according to their individual schedules.
Being a docent is truly an interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunity. Not only will you spend time in an invigorating atmosphere you are sure to enjoy, you will also receive the following exclusive volunteer perks:
• Sneak peeks at new exhibits before they open to the public
• Invitations to a monthly luncheon and the annual holiday and volunteer appreciation celebrations
• 25% discount at museum gift shop and soda fountain
• TIMELINES, the museum's newsletter, mailed to your home
• The chance to meet visitors from around the world
For more information on becoming a docent at The Durham Museum, please contact Deb Hopp, Guest Services Manager at 402-444-5071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.