As the downtown Corinth museum prepares to host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, the search is on for volunteer tour guides.
“We need people who are willing to volunteer their time to be a docent during the Hometown Teams exhibit,” said museum executive director Brandy Steen. “The role of the museum docent or tour guide is an essential one -- especially with this exhibit.”
Acting as a bridge between visitors and the exhibition, it is the docent who guides visitors on their journeys of discovery, helping them blend what they already know with what they learn on the tour. Docents stimulate visitor curiosity, imagination and individual expression by asking questions and encouraging the active participation of each tour group member.
“This is a great opportunity for locals to become evolved with a Smithsonian exhibit and help out their local museum, as well,” said Steen. “The exhibit takes place over a six-week period and we have a wide range of times and dates available for volunteers.”
Student volunteers and docents are also welcome.
“We can provide documentation for those needing volunteer hours,” added Steen.
A docent and volunteer training session is set for Nov. 1 for the exhibit which runs from Nov. 19-Dec. 30. A docent handbook will also be available.
Although hosted by the museum, the exhibit will be on display at the Corinth Library.
Hometown Teams will take a look at how people’s lives are influenced by the sports they play. Through videos, images, objects and personal reflections gathered from teams around the country, Hometown Teams shows that sports are more than just games. A local component of the limited six-week exhibit will feature a smorgasbord of area high school sports memories.
(To learn more about becoming a docent or volunteer, contact Steen at 662-287-3120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)