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Volunteer training to begin for history buffs

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

Training begins Thursday, Jan. 12, for becoming a volunteer, docent, archival assistant or ‘Living History’ interpreter at both Sharlot Hall Museum and Fort Whipple Museum.

The 16-week Thursday schedule provides each volunteer the historical background and overall understanding to share their personal passion for local history and the Museum itself.

Whether getting involved with archival collections, festivals and living history activities, or engaging with visitors and guests, becoming a volunteer provides an opportunity for sharing the people, places and events that have shaped Arizona’s past.

With completion of the training, opportunities at either Sharlot Hall or Fort Whipple museums include: serving as a docent for visitors and guests, assisting at one of the Museum festivals, getting involved with restoration and preservation of archives, becoming a “Living History” interpreter, or assisting in admissions and store merchandising.

Classes will be Thursdays from 8:30 to 10 a.m. beginning Jan. 12 and continuing through April 26 at Sharlot Hall Museum.

Individual sessions are 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.

Contact the museum’s volunteer coordinator weekdays at 928-445-3122, ext. 18, to register and sign up for the training or for more information related to volunteer training.

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 open daily and located two blocks west of the courthouse plaza.

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