Allen County Museum looking for volunteers for docent trainings


Docent training: 9 a.m.-noon, Allen County Museum, 620 W. Market St., Lima. Register with Sarah Rish at 419-222-9426.

LIMA — The Allen County Museum’s education department will hold its annual Docent Enrichment Week from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 14 through Friday, Sept. 18, at the museum, 620 W. Market St. Lima.

Anyone interested in participating in the training or learning more about the schedule should contact Sarah Rish, curator of education, at 419-222-9426.

Trainings will include a new script for tours. Docents are asked to volunteer at least 60 hours per year.

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Allen County Museum’s Education Department Holds Annual Enrichment Week

September 14-18, 2020

The Allen County Museum’s Education Department will be holding its annual Docent Enrichment Week on September 14–18, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the museum. An orientation session for prospective docents kicks-off the week on Monday, September 14, 2020. Enrichment sessions continue on Tuesday, September 15 through Friday, September 18, 2020. Programs are designed to benefit both new and veteran docents.

Due to COVID-19, the museum has adapted the program and invited docents to be the main headline presenters during this year’s event. The schedule consists of docent speakers who are presenting research topics that are relevant to the museum’s collection and exhibits.

The weekly schedule of guest speakers and topics is as follows:

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

9:20-10:05 am

Mark Billingsley, Museum Docent

Electrifying Lima

10:10-10:25 am

Jeanne Ray, Museum Docent

Growing Up Different

10:45-11:30 am

Rick Balbaugh & Cathy Clementz, Museum Docents

The Tiffin & Studebaker Wagon Stories

11:35-11:50 am

Richard Swallow, Museum Docent

The Milk Wagon

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

9:15-9:30 am

Brittany Venturella, Director of Curatorial Affairs

A Message from the Director of Curatorial Affairs

9:35-10:20 am

Mark Billingsley, Museum Docent

Ben Faurot’s Farm

10:40 am-11:25 am

Rick Balbaugh & Karlyn Lauer, Museum Docents

Minerals: The Enthralling Facts

11:30 am-11:45 am

Dr. Melvin Monroe, Museum Docent

The Iron Lung

Thursday, September 17, 2020

9:15-10:00 am

Bruce Marshall, Museum Docent

The Removal of the Shawnee Indians from Ohio

Friday, September 18, 2020

9:15-9:45 am

Shirley Billings, Museum Docent

Harvesting Ice

9:50 am-10:05 am

Bev Auchmuty, Museum Docent

John Van Dyke Collections

10:25 am-10:40am

Bev Auchmuty, Museum Docent

Linna Annetta Crow

10:45 am-11:45 am

Missy Bennet and Anne Kundert, Museum Docents

Where In Lima are Missy and Anne?

Museum docent Missy Bennett and museum educators, Sarah Rish and Lisa Weaver, will introduce a new docent tour script which they have been working on for several months. The new script will be used to help train docents on significant themes relating to the collection and exhibits. Docents will be trained to highlight key information by connecting the economic impact, key people, and technological advancements in each themed area through a more consistent message. New binders with the tour script will be provided to all docents in partnership with Visit Greater Lima and Dominion Energy.

Training will be provided to new docents and will include the new script. After completing the requirements for being a provisional docent (observing docent-led tours, etc.), volunteers may conduct school and adult tours, assist visitors during regular museum hours, and help with crafts and tours in the Children’s Discovery Center. Docents are asked to volunteer at least 60 hours per year.

To participate in this year’s training or learn more about the schedule, please contact Sarah Rish, Curator of Education, at 419-222-9426. The Allen County Museum is located at 620 W. Market Street, Lima, Ohio 45801.

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Docent training: 9 a.m.-noon, Allen County Museum, 620 W. Market St., Lima. Register with Sarah Rish at 419-222-9426.

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