Park City Museum plans volunteer orientation
February 20, 2015
The Park City Museum relies on volunteers to continue its mission to preserve, protect and promote Park City’s history and heritage.
"We have many programs, tours and exhibits that we’re involved with and we really couldn’t do any of these things without them," said Jenette Purdy, the museum’s director of education. "Those who donate their time as docents and volunteers are a crucial pillar for us."
On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Park City Museum will host its spring volunteer orientation from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
"We are inviting anyone who is interested or wants to become a volunteer," Purdy said. "We will talk about all the different opportunities that are available and what is generally required to be a volunteer."
Docents and volunteers help with all of the museum tours that include the school and youth tours and the summer walking tours that start in June, according to Purdy.
"They also help down in our collections area, processing our artifacts," she said. "There is still a ton of things that need to be done in that department and we’re still collecting and receiving items from people that have to do with Park City history.
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"Since this is done behind the scenes, so to speak, I don’t think people realize just how many things we do have to document," Purdy said. "What we have on exhibit is just a fraction of the artifacts we have in our collection."
The museum also has a huge archive of photographs that need to be documented, she said.
"In addition, we have other needs that require certain skills," Purdy said. "Volunteers also help write our weekly ‘The Way We Were’ column for The Park Record and we have a lady who helps us with our newsletter and its design and graphics."
Another reason the museum relies on volunteers is because the number of visitors continues to increase annually.
"We always need someone to be present to answer any questions and things like that," Purdy said.
Volunteers usually will be allowed to select the amount of time they wish to serve.
"It depends on the area that they want to work in," Purdy explained. "In our collections area, [Curator] Courtney Titus, who is also in charge of setting up our traveling exhibits, prefers folks to come in at least once a week or set up a regular schedule."
To lead museum tours, volunteers can sign up once a week or schedule themselves when a group makes an appointment for a tour.
"This system is great for different types of volunteers," Purdy said. "Some like to come in once a week the same time and same day, like, say, Thursday at 2 o’clock. Others like the flexibility, and we can accommodate all schedules."
Volunteers don’t need an in-depth knowledge of Park City to do their jobs, according to Purdy.
"We do have volunteers who know a lot of history, but others are newer to the area and just moved here and want to get involved but don’t know a lot," she said. "That’s OK. We have plenty of resources to get involved. In addition to the orientation, we have other content-specific training session for the volunteers."
Some of the training includes a broad overview about Park City’s history, Park City’s mining history and a handful of workshops about the Hal Compton Research Library.
"We show how volunteers can use those resources to learn about the town’s history, but we also hand out a lot of reading so people can brush up," she said. "You don’t need to know every date or event. The most important thing is to have interest and want to learn."
Additional training will be offered after the orientation.
"We have a full docent training schedule on our website, as well," Purdy said. "People can show up to the orientation. Feb. 25 and then go from there."
The Park City Museum, 528 Main St., will host a spring volunteer orientation on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Attendees will learn about the many opportunities to help preserve, protect, and promote Park City’s history. For more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.parkcityhistory.org. This event is free and open to the public.
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