Today marked the first day of our docent training class and we have twenty volunteers participating in this brand new program. Over the next six week these volunteers will be learning more about the collections at KHS and museum education in general as they gear up for our busy spring school season. As part of this process these docents-in-training will be experimenting with how to engage students in our permanent exhibition A Kentucky Journey through Hand's-on-History carts in the Frontier, Civil War, and Depression Era sections of the gallery.
Part of the morning included the group getting a tour of collections storage with curator Sara Elliott. Notice how she is enticing them with the 1,000,000th Camry from the Georgetown Toyota plant! It's like the Orrery isn't even there!
Another activity for the day was drawing in Kentucky Military Treasures. The docents worked in pairs as one person created a drawing based on the description given by the other. The activity challenged each of them to think about the language they use with visitors and what prior knowledge and assumptions our guests might bring to the table.
A great first day in the books. And thank you to all of our volunteers!