The lifeblood of the Presidio Museum in downtown Tucson is its volunteers and docents who provide most of the programming and tours at the museum. In an effort to attract new docents, the museum is holding a Docent training course this fall.
- This extensive course will cover a variety of topics, including:
- The early people of the Tucson basin
- The history, geography and people of the Spanish Presidio
- Basic Spanish military history and uniforms
- The Mexican Republic
- An introduction to interpretive kits
- Knowing your audience
- The geography of the Presidio neighborhood, the Santa Cruz River and Sentinel Peak (A Mountain)
The course is mainly for individuals who are excited about local history, want to learn more and share that enthusiasm with Presidio Museum visitors. “Graduated” docents are expected to volunteer one weekday a week or one weekend each month. They must also fill out an application and commitment form when registering for the class. Several current Presidio Museum docents have also signed up for the course to continue their education. “History buffs” who are not interested in volunteering after the class may also attend if there is availability.
The course consists of four classes held from 9 am to 1 pm on the following Saturdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2.
Pricing is as follows:
- New Docents: $35 fee + non-refundable $40 deposit, which is applied toward the first year of membership in the Presidio Museum
- History Buffs Taking the Class for Personal Knowledge: $100