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      The Museum Docent Organization is a group of volunteers who maintain the museum desks and gift shop, host tours, research, publish, travel and assist the staff with clerical needs related to the function of the Museum.
      The Docent Program is exceptionally valuable to the Museum. All are welcome to join. The number of docents averages around 40. A fifteen week training program is given to all docents as well as other educational development activities which are conducted during the year.
      The Museum maintains extensive individualized educational programs for college classes, internships and area schools, K-12. Special gallery talks and tours by appointment for local and visiting groups on both the permanent collection and changing exhibitions.

   For any of these activities contact the Docent Coordinator, Marguerite Eisinger:

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The Docents in Ireland
The Docents in Ireland
Docent News
      A group of 32 docents, spouses and friends made a memorable 13-day trip to Ireland in late May and early June. Flying into Shannon they were met by Tony O’Callahan who was guide, poet and baritone singer-he entranced everyone with his charm and knowledge of the country. They traveled to Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Dublin, Glendalough, the Boyne Valley, Derry, Donegal, made a trip across to the Aran Islands, then back to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. Betsy Senkowski and Iris McLean, who are the graphic designers for The Kent Collector, were very happy to meet up with Christy Gillespie, whose grandmother knew Rockwell Kent when he was there. Christy gave everyone a slide presentation of Kent’s time in Ireland and he is presently writing a book on the subject.
Four area schools took advantage of our special Sixth Grade Tours: Northern Adirondack, Stafford Middle School, Willsboro School and Elizabethtown/Lewis. A total of 217 students participated in our “Expand the World” program, which uses art and artifacts from our museum collection and covers the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China. The teachers find that this program, with its ability to let students study actual artifacts from the cultures they have covered in the classroom, together with the specialized knowledge that each docent brings to their presentation, is a valued experience for all concerned.

This summer two docents, Marjorie Mapstone and Dr. George Boolukos, have been selected by the Docent Executive Committee to attend a week-long intensive seminar offered by the Clark Museum in Massachusetts. This will be the third year that two docents have attended this high-caliber course designed to teach more effective ways of tour giving, and they in turn, return to pass on their knowledge to other docent tour-givers.

The Docent Annual General Meeting in June wraps up the year’s activities with a celebration of summer salads and desserts at a scenic spot overlooking Lake Champlain. This is also graduation time for new docents who have been taking classes and who have completed the required research and presentation paper needed to graduate. This year Fern Kinz and Sally Sears Mack received their diploma and docent pins. Also ten-year pins were presented to: Judy Fesette, Ellen Heyman, Betsy Senkowski, Lois Sheats and Joan Sutherland.
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