Volunteer News, September 2017

New in the House

  • Dining Room is open again!

    Thank you for your flexibility in giving your tours around the dining room issues.  We’re happy to report that all is freshly cleaned and back in place. Thanks to Gina Trujillo for her hard work in resetting the space.



  • Giving Great Guided Tours

    Museum Association of Arizona

    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Giving Great Guided Tours
    Pioneer Museum
    2340 North Fort Valley Road
    Flagstaff AZ

    Join experienced interpreters and docent trainers Kathy Farretta and Nikki Lober for a day-long workshop on how to create the vital connections between visitors and your museum or historic site that will keep them coming back.

    Starting with an overview of interpretation in museums, Kathy and Nikki will show you valuable techniques for using your exhibits to teach and entertain through Great Guided Tours.

    Register online or by using the Registration Form below

    See the MAA Website for more information about the workshop and registration.

  • Docent training dates for next fiscal year

    New Date TBD, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. How to Read Your Audience.  We hope to bring back Volunteer Training expert Kathy Faretta to illustrate cues that reveal what your audience is thinking and then practice ways to change your tour in response. This will improve our ability to deliver an excellent visitor experience.  This is an important class for everyone.

    Thursday, November 16, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Incorporating Celebrate into Your Tour. Our annual holiday tree decorating will be back again. This class will share the stories and meaning behind each tree.

    Thursday, January 18, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Guest Speaker – tbd.

    Thursday, March 15, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Dish Exhibit Training. Learn about the newest exhibit inside the Rosson House and outline strategies for incorporating this information into your tours.

    All docents must attend at least two Continuing Education classes during the year. Due to poor turnout last year, we will be reducing the number of classes to four and increasing the importance of their content.

Welcome to New Volunteers!

  • Please welcome our newest volunteers

    • Jerrette Hobson
  • Good luck Jane!

    Please join me in wishing long-time volunteer Jane Cadwallader the best of luck as she starts her masters work at Liverpool University.  She promises that she will be back. I plan to hold her to that!


  • Handcrafted Anniversary on Saturday 9/30

    We are going to celebrate Handcrafted’s first anniversary by inviting people to ice their own cupcake.  September 30 is Fry’s Free Day at the Science Center, so there will be plenty of hot, thirsty people on the Square.  We will

    • Sell lemonade and water on the lawn
    • Invite people in to decorate a free cupcake

    We will need volunteers to work at both stations.  We will have 150 cupcakes and who knows?  There may be leftovers!

    Please let Jennifer know if you are interested in helping.

  • Helping with School Groups

    Our first school group of the season is scheduled for September 26. If you are interested in helping out with school groups this year, please let Jennifer know. She will be scheduling training shortly.

    Our school groups are so much fun. We offer A Child’s Life in 1900 where students

    • tour the Rosson House
    • learn about 19th century chores by doing laundry
    • become history detectives looking at primary sources
    • play hoop & stick and graces

    Field trips typically take place on Tuesdays and last 2 hours. Some larger groups may go to 2 1/2 hours.


  • To sign up for shifts, check the online calendar to see which shifts are available. Then, contact Jennifer to get on the schedule.

    Jennifer’s contact information:



    For changes on the the day of your shift, please contact Flare at 602-262-5070.