2024 Falmouth Museums on the Green Docent Training Schedule
The Falmouth Museums on the Green has an exciting opportunity for a docent training class that will enrich your knowledge of local history and antiques. This four- week training class will cover topics ranging from 18th century architecture & architecture to 20th century summer activities. Volunteer docents serve as guides for two historic houses that feature period rooms and galleries. After completing the class, docents would shadow their fellow docents before giving a one on one tour with a staff member before they are ready to give tours to the public. This is a great way to keep active in town and share your love of Falmouth with the public.
For questions or to sign up for the class please call Rachel Lovett, Executive Director, 508-548-4857×15 or email [email protected]
2024 Docent Training Schedule:
Introduction & Overview to the Falmouth Museums on the Green
First Training Class: Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 Time: 10am to noon
Learn about the inner workings of a museum and special education techniques for interpreting history.
Falmouth in the Federal Era & Beyond: An In Depth Tour of the Wicks House
Second Training Class: Tuesday, May 7th, 2024 Time: 10am to noon
This class delves into the life here in Falmouth after the American Revolution and explores the 1790 Dr. Francis Wicks House’s collection, architecture, and social history until 1934 when the house was donated to the Society. During this class, participants can select to pick a special object to learn more about. During the last class on April 25, participants have the option to share their research on that object with their classmates in a five-minute story.
Museum Collection, Gardens, & Architecture Highlights
Third Training Class: Tuesday, May 14th, 2024 Time: 10am to noon
Go behind the scenes to learn about the special archives and objects at the Society. This class will also focus on the current and upcoming exhibitions, and include a tour of the gardens maintained by the Falmouth Garden Club.
Practical procedures: Gift Shop training, Daily Sheets, and Entering/Closing.
Fourth Training Class: Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 Time: 10am to noon
There are three shadow days to watch fellow docents before giving tours.
You can miss one of the classes and do a private makeup. The expectation is to give at least two tours a month.
Falmouth Historical Society Spring 2024 Third Grade Colonial Life Program
Are you ready for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Falmouth’s rich history? The Falmouth Historical Society is gearing up for our exciting Third Grade Field Trip Program, and we need YOU to be a part of the magic!
We encourage you and your friends to participate and want to let you know what the schedule will be this year. If you haven’t previously participated, there are training opportunities, materials to help you, and when possible, you will be paired with an experienced docent. This is a very rewarding program and the content for 3rd graders is very manageable and part of their curriculum. School docents are required to wear Colonial period costumes. We want to help transport the students back in time. If you do not have your own costume, the Society has a number of appropriate costumes available in various sizes and will provide one for you.
Training Dates- (Participants must attend at least one because the program has changed. We will review changes and do a walk-through of a tour, train for the classroom segment, get materials, select a costume, and finalize schedule.)
Training Dates: February 20th, 2024 10am to 2pm This immersive training experience is where you’ll discover the secrets of Falmouth’s past, learn how to engage young minds, and become a living, breathing storyteller of our incredible history.
Field Trip Dates
These are the available dates. We will include a rain date, but it is rarely used.
Field Trip Dates: March 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, & 13, 9:30-2:30pm Embark on an adventure with the third graders of Falmouth as they explore our town’s historical wonders. Whether you’re available for one day or all, your enthusiasm and passion will make a lasting impact on these young explorers. Scheduling will be worked out on your availability.
Two or three classes will come at a time. They will be divided into two groups. Docents are expected to come by 9:15. Students arrive around 9:30. We break for lunch and we hope to provide food for you. The children will have a picnic lunch with their teachers on the grounds or the green. The day ends around 2:15 when the busses pick them up. Docents are encouraged to stay and help put away materials (15 minutes). Each class of 15-20 children is divided into three groups, with one or two docents for each group. Anyone willing to volunteer is invited to join. Please ask your friends to join you. The more, the merrier. If you were a teacher, this is a great way to experience the fun part without all the work that goes with it! We would love a commitment of at least five days.
🔍 Uncover Hidden Treasures: Dive into Falmouth’s captivating history and share stories that bring the past to life.
🤝 Make a Difference: Inspire a new generation by contributing to their education in a fun and interactive way. Be a part of a community-driven initiative that fosters a sense of connection to your town.
We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds and interests. If you have a passion for storytelling, history, or simply love working with kids, we want you on our team!
Come join the fun! Your participation will be very much appreciated!
📞 For more information, contact our Director, Rachel Lovett, at [email protected] or 508 548 4857×15. Let’s make history together!
Other Volunteer Opportunities
While the members of our small staff are talented and dedicated, we simply couldn’t do what we do without our highly motivated volunteer militia. They’re our invaluable front-line, boots-on-the-ground team: docents, tour guides, shop keepers, researchers, educators, greeters. They’re also our ticket-takers, sign-makers, errand-runners, teddy-bear stuffers, hot dog sellers and ice-cream scoopers. Most of all, they’re a nice group of people who love history, love giving back to their community and love spending time together.
Today, nearly one in four Americans volunteers in some capacity. Collectively, they contribute over 8 billion hours to local and national causes every single year. We’d love to spend a few hours having a blast in the past with you. You don’t have to do it all. Do what you’ll enjoy!
WALKING TOUR GUIDES
COLLECTION ASSISTANCE, RESEARCH/ARCHIVES ASSISTANCE
Contact Us: [email protected] – 508.548.4857
Museums on the Green
P.O. Box 174 | Falmouth, MA 02541
We welcome college students who are looking for projects and credits to complete their degrees. We also welcome high school students who are looking to satisfy service hours.