Volunteers play a truly vital role in the daily operations of the Stickley Museum. They provide tours for visitors, service to customers in the museum’s shop, assistance in the administrative office, and help with special events and children’s programs, like Family Days and Girl Scout workshops. Volunteers provide essential support to the museum’s everyday activities and special events alike.
With a steady stream of year round visitors from all over the country and a regular schedule of programs for adults and children, the museum offers great opportunities for potential volunteers of all ages, from retirees to high school students. Training is provided for volunteer jobs, and meetings are held monthly to give volunteers the latest information and continuing training.
Although a variety of opportunities are available, we are especially in need of shopkeepers and docents, on both weekends and weekdays, to work in the museum’s shop and to give tours of the site. Shopkeepers welcome visitors, assist with purchases, and help to maintain the shop, which features a beautiful selection of Arts and Crafts items.
Docents, or tour guides, provide visitors with tours of the Stickley Museum. Longtime docent Amanda Lancaster Wilson writes, “For me, volunteering at Craftsman Farms means spending the day in a beautiful setting, discussing timeless ideas with interesting people. I imagine that’s how Gustav Stickley envisioned an ideal day at Craftsman Farms, too!”
For the 2nd year, the museum will launch a 5-session summer training course for potential docents called the Stickley Seminar. Beginning on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. (remaining dates to be determined), this free course covers the information essential to giving tours of the Stickley Museum, including an overview of Stickley’s life and work, the history of Craftsman Farms, and techniques for working with the public and shaping a tour.
For anyone interested in becoming a docent, or pursuing any of the other volunteering opportunities offered by the Stickley Museum, a Volunteer Information Meeting will be held on Thurs., June 7 at 6:30.
Retired teacher Sandy Cherniack says that volunteering as a docent, “…has motivated me to learn more, and I am constantly exposed to new ideas and concepts…. Volunteering has given me a new outlook on my life.”
Why not join Amanda, Sandy and the rest of our enthusiastic volunteer team, and spend some ideal days at Craftsman Farms?
For further information about volunteering or to RSVP for the Volunteer Information Meeting, please call the museum at 973-540-0311 or email email@example.com