Davenport House Junior Interpreters to Shine

August 1st, 2010

Junior Interpreter Day – 2010

After eight weeks of summer training Davenport House Junior Interpreters (JIs) will give tours to the public for the first time on Friday, August 6 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Community members, friends and family are invited to visit the museum at a discounted rate (2-for-1) to see area young people shine. The seven high school students who will complete the program with DH Junior Interpreter Day are aShanté Coles of Savannah High/Liberal Arts, Ellie Darbyshire of Savannah Country Day, Cassidy Hatcher of Johnson High School, Ashley Rauls of St. Andrews School, Lauren Stewart of Savannah Christian, Carlie Ayn Williams of Savannah Christian and Emily Waller of Savannah Country Day.

This is the seventh summer the Davenport House has opened its doors to area young people wanting to learn the skills and history required to be an excellent interpreter — the “museum word” for tour guide. “Every year we find there are high school-age students who want to fill their summer hours with productive fun and that is what our Junior Interpreter program is all about,” explains DH Director Jamie Credle. Along with learning about Savannah history and architecture, JIs also do a few historic crafts – sealing letters with wax, writing with a quill pen – and see every nook and cranny of the museum from attic to the maintenance closet. “We have found that young people who seek us out and commit to finishing our program turn out to be some of the most motivated and committed students in school,” offers Credle.

The museum is proud of its current and former Junior Interpreters. Since the program began in 2003 over thirty young people have participated in the summer program and ninety in a similar program partnering with Savannah Arts Academy, which began in 2005 and takes place in the fall. “We want these young people to see the Davenport House as `their museum’ because one day they will be called upon to maintain cultural institutions like the DH. We want to be first in their hearts when they are ready to take the reins. And, we like having them around. How many other places can you hear the voice of youth telling the story!” concludes Credle.

DETAILS ABOUT JUNIOR INTERPRETER DAY:

Who: Seven area young people will give tours to the public

What: Davenport House Junior Interpreter Day

When: Friday, August 6 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with tours offered throughout the day

Where: Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street, Savannah (Columbia Square)

Additionally: Patrons noting they are visiting to participate in Junior Interpreter Day receive 2-for-1 admission.

JIs speak: WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE DAVENPORT HOUSE?

aShanté Coles, sophomore, Savannah High Liberal Studies – “I would like to be involved with the Davenport House to try something new.”

Ellie Darbyshire, sophomore, Savannah Country Day – “I want to be able to give tours and learn more about history and the Davenport House.”

Cassidy Hatcher, sophomore, Johnson High School – “I would like to become a better speaker in front of audiences, and know more about Savannah in the process.”

Ashley Rauls, senior, St. Andrew’s School – “I hope to improve my public speaking and learn more about local history.”

Lauren Stewart, senior Savannah Christian – “I hope to improve my public speaking and learn more about local history.”

Carlie Ayn Williams, sophomore, Savannah Christian – “I enjoy history and teaching and talking to others. I want to have fun and learn.”

Emily Waller, sophomore, Savannah Country Day – “I am very interested in history, and want to be more involved in the community.

The Wormsloe Foundation and the Davenport House Museum provides support for this program.

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