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Museum to Host Pizza-on-the-Patio Party for Student Docents

8/28/2010 12:13:45 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. On Monday, August 30, at 5:30 p.m., the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame will offer students an opportunity to mix a little fun, food, and prizes—all while learning how to be a museum docent.

According to Mary Lyle, the Museum’s Education and Events Coordinator, any interested person can become a docent, or volunteer museum guide or host, and this event will prepare students and others for success in that endeavor.

“Our student docents help bridge a gap,” said Lyle. “Unfortunately, some of our NMJC students graduate without ever visiting the Museum because they assume it’s just a bunch of dusty artifacts and ancient history.  But it’s much easier for them to come over if they know a fellow student’s here to show them around, answer questions, and put things in perspective.  Our docents wind up knowing quite a bit about this region’s history and people, and they’re always surprised at how interesting it truly is.  In turn, their natural enthusiasm makes them ideal guides, whether it’s with other students or the general public.” 

Lyle explained that secret is finding and preparing bright, energetic, friendly people.  “A student docent is an important position,” she said, “and we value any student who will give it the time and energy it deserves.  Not to mention,” she laughed, “that it looks great on a resume.”

For more information about the Student Docent program at the Museum, please call 575.392.6730.

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