Recipients: KATE BOSEN, CATIE MORRIS, CIERRA SMITH
Each year the Davenport House Museum recruits and trains teenagers to become tour guides through two Junior Interpreter (JI) programs – one offered in the summer which is open to any interested student and the other offered in the fall to students through Savannah Arts Academy’s American history classes. These programs have been a proving ground, producing a remarkable number of museum ambassadors who have gone on to become stand-out students in high school and later in college. To acknowledge this record, in March 2011 the Davenport House Endowment Directors initiated a scholarship for an outstanding high school student who demonstrates qualities which put the Museum and its community in the best light. This year the Davenport House Museum recognizes three young people to receive the Davenport House Community Service Scholarship. All graduating seniors associated with the Museum will be recognized at its annual Spring Garden Party which will be held on Sunday, May 31.
The DH has chosen to recognize three young people with its scholarship because the work of each has contributed to the life of the Museum in exemplary ways and each is deserving of recognition for their volunteerism and community service.
Kate Bosen, daughter of Carmen and Peter Bosen of Savannah, has been involved with the Museum for two-and-a-half years beginning with Savannah Arts Academy/Davenport House Junior Interpreter Training in fall 2012. She was an outstanding participant in the eight-week training program and became a staff docent in the spring of 2013. She works at the Museum on weekends, during the summer and holidays. She is an active volunteer and along with mentoring younger JIs, she has performed in programs and living history activities including Tea with Mrs. Davenport, Tea in the Garden, Dreadful Pestilence: Savannah’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820, Lafayette Fête and Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight. This spring’s tea programs will mark her third year as a performer. She is a fine singer and has contributed her vocal talent which has heighted the entertainment value of DH programs. She sang The Marseilles (in French) for last year’s Lafayette Fête, The Revolutionary Tea Song for DH teas, Auld Lang Syne at New Year’s and Oft in the Stilly Night for the Museum’s Yellow Fever program. She has also helped out with fundraisers such as the DH Oyster Roast and hospitalities including the Spring Garden Party and Annual Christmas Party. In the fall she will enter Georgia Tech. “Kate has done everything we have asked her to do. With her adventuresome spirit, she is always willing to try new things if it means helping the DH. She is a dependable museum employee and a joyful volunteer. We get misty thinking of August when she will head off to college,” says DH director Jamie Credle
Catie Morris, daughter of Ben and Rosemary Morris of Savannah, has been involved with the Museum for two-and-a-half years beginning with Savannah Arts Academy/Davenport House Junior Interpreter Training in fall 2012. She too was a standout participant in the eight-week training program and became a staff docent in the spring of 2013. As a theater major at Savannah Arts Academy, performing is second nature to Catie. She has performed in the Museum’s living history programs Tea with Mrs. Davenport, Tea in the Garden, Dreadful Pestilence: Savannah’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 and Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight. This spring will be her third year with DH tea programs. She can perform multiple parts and is available at short or no notice if another performer is unable to participate. “Catie is unflappable and is willing to do the work to put the Museum in its best light,“ says DH Director Jamie Credle. She cheerfully conducts DH tours into the evening for Holley Jolly Trolley Tours or whenever she is asked. In the fall she plans to attend San Diego State University to major in Theater/film and minor in US History and/or Spanish.
Cierra Smith, daughter of Danielle Gibbions and Craig Smith of Hinesville, GA, has been involved with the Museum for two-and-a-half years beginning with Savannah Arts Academy/Davenport House Junior Interpreter Training in fall 2012. She was an exceptional participant in the eight-week training program and became a staff docent in the spring of 2013. Cierra looked to the Museum’s front-line activities to be of service. She learned gift shop operations and gladly jumps “behind the counter” when asked or needed. And, she is always willing to come in to work. “I wish we had kept track of the number of times, we have called Cierra at the last minute – sometimes at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday or Sunday — to come to work to cover for someone who was ill or could not make their commitment. It is not a small number. She always comes in when she is able,” offers DH Assistant Director Jeff Freeman. She has made herself indispensable as an employee which is a testament to her leadership skills. Cierra continues to volunteer at the DH as a mentor to younger JIs. Her favorite DH program is Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Garden which she has worked for three years making the front desk efficient and cheerful. She plans to attend the US Air Force Academy in the fall.