- PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Volunteers complete a 4-week training course (one day a week for 3 hours) in order to qualify to conduct tours at Davenport House Museum. Prior experience or knowledge is not required, but an enthusiasm for history is welcomed. See: Volunteer Docent Job Description below. The Davenport House offers its Docent Training Program three times a year – in February, July and October – for volunteers desiring to give tours of the Museum. Training involves instruction on the site’s history and logistics of tour giving. Following classroom training, prospective docents follow four different docents on tour and give an evaluation tour to a staff member before their first tours to the public.
Volunteers assist in taking admissons, operating the museum store, answering the phone and greeting visitors.
Volunteers work with the staff maintenance technician in weeding, planting and maintaining courtyard gardens.
Volunteers assist in greeting, baking, serving, setting up, and cleaning up for numerous events and tours. Programs and events are held throughout the year.
Costumed and Living History Interpreters
Volunteers perform in a variety of the Museum’s programming throughout the year including the October living history program, Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight, Tea in the Garden and Tea with Mrs. Davenport. To participate volunteers must audition and in most cases provide their own period accurate costume.
Volunteers practice weekly and perform early 19th Century dancing for special groups and programs.