Beaufort History Museum offering docent training classes

The Beaufort History Museum is offering docent classes to train volunteers to lead tours and serve as community liaisons.

In the classes, directed by docent educator Lorrie Burleyknoles, participants learn how Beaufort shaped America from the early European settlements, its involvement in the Revolutionary War and dramatic role during the Civil War to the Reconstruction era, and its prominence as a tourist destination and site of military training and defense.

The curriculum will cover all stages of Beaufort’s 500-year history. Educators will impart knowledge of the museum’s collection, including artifacts and photos, and its mission.

Once docents have completed training, they will be asked to serve up to three shifts per month and commit to a one-year period of service.

Classes will be held at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott St. and at the historic Arsenal at 713 Craven St. Space is limited and those interested in attending the five-week session are encouraged to register early.

The class schedule is:

• 8:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 24 at Beaufort Branch Library (orientation for new docents followed by class).
• 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 31 at Beaufort Branch Library.
• 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at the Arsenal conference room.
• 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Arsenal conference room.
• Noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Arsenal conference room.

For more information on the docent program or other volunteer opportunities with the museum, contact lburleyknoles@beauforthistorymuseum.com or call 559-362-3237.

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