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Sharlot Hall, Fort Whipple museums seek volunteers

Courtesy photo<br>Volunteer David Clark demonstrates the heliograph for guests during one of the festivals at Sharlot Hall Museum.

Courtesy photo<br>Volunteer David Clark demonstrates the heliograph for guests during one of the festivals at Sharlot Hall Museum.

Training begins this month for people interested in becoming a volunteer, docent, tour guide or "Living History interpreter" at the Sharlot Hall and Fort Whipple museums in Prescott.

It's not a class, but a pathway for helping preserve Arizona's cultural past.

The 13-week Thursday schedule provides volunteers with the historical background and overall understanding to share their personal passion for local history and the museum itself. The training includes dates and facts about local history and the significance of the people, places, and events that shaped Arizona's past.

With completion of the training, opportunities at either Sharlot Hall or Fort Whipple museums include serving as a tour guide for visitors and guests; being a docent at one of the many historical buildings; helping at one of the museum festivals; getting involved with restoration and preservation of archives, collections and grounds; or becoming a "Living History" interpreter.

Training is conducted by museum staff, archivists, educators and curators. Each 90-minute class includes reference material, multi-media resources, and "the rest of the story" associated with historical details.

Classes will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursdays from Jan. 15 to April 9 at the Sharlot Hall Museum. Contact the volunteer coordinator weekdays at 445-3122, ext. 18, to sign up for the training or for more information.

Fort Whipple Museum is located on the Bob Stump Memorial Veterans Hospital Grounds, and is open for visitors Thursdays through Sundays. Sharlot Hall Museum is at 415 West Gurley St. in Prescott, two blocks west of the courthouse plaza.

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