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Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Recruiting Docents for 2012

jppmLooking for a new and exciting way to volunteer? Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM) is recruiting docents for our 2012 class. If you are a lifelong learner who would like to interact with the archaeologists, educators, and historians who bring Southern Maryland’s past to life, this may be the program for you! The intensive program will provide you with in depth knowledge of the archaeology, history, and culture of southern Maryland with a specific focus on the land where JPPM sits today. You will also examine techniques and education strategies for engaging museum visitors in meaningful explorations of the past. Training for this class begins in January 2012.

The ten-week training course will cover many topics including: an introduction to archaeology, the archaeology at JPPM, the War of 1812, JPPM’s Indian Village, Point Farm-estate home of the Pattersons, and a general orientation to the Park and its facilities. After completing the initial training course, JPPM docents further the educational mission of the Park by offering regular, high-quality interpretive services for the public in support of annual programs, workshops, and exhibits.

Benefits to becoming a docent are many–docents will receive our regular volunteer benefits including a Friends of JPPM family membership, a 10% discount in the Show Barn Museum Shop, Friends’ newsletter, and a discount on special event entry fees and workshops. The biggest benefit is the chance to work with some of Maryland’s top archaeologists and educators who are preserving our Southern Maryland heritage through the JPPM programs.

JPPM is located in Calvert County, approximately eleven miles north of Solomons Island. The training course will take place on Wednesdays beginning on January 18, 2012 from 10:00 am until 12:30 p.m. The classes will be presented by professional archaeologists, historians, and JPPM staff. Class size is limited and registration is required. Tuition and fees are $15. Class materials will be provided.

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