Rokeby Museum to train its volunteers on April 28

FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum celebrates volunteers every April, National Volunteer Month, with an orientation session for new volunteer guides. Adults and motivated teens are invited to join director emerita Jane Williamson on Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. to learn about Rokeby’s unique opportunity for personal education and service rolled into one.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations, including Rokeby, where they handle everything from tour guiding to office support. Volunteer guides with an interest in people, American history, art and historic preservation play one of the Museum’s most important roles by conducting tours of the Rokeby family home.
New guides will complete an informative and enlightening training course that introduces them to life and times of the remarkable Quaker family that called Rokeby home for 200 years. Volunteers study historic photographs, letters and journal accounts, art, and artifacts from the Museum’s extensive collection and conduct tours two days per month during the season (May 20 to October 28 this year).
 “In addition to sharing important local and national history,” director Catherine Brooks points out, “guiding at Rokeby is an opportunity to make a difference. The Robinson family’s involvement in justice, community, the environment and the arts are inspiring. Sharing these stories can help to make our world a better place.”
Rokeby Museum is a 90-acre historic site and National Historic Landmark designated for its exceptional Underground Railroad history. It presents a nationally significant Underground Railroad story tucked inside a quintessential Vermont experience — where there is always something new to learn, and to share.
For more information e-mail Catherine Brooks at director@rokeby.org or call 802-877-3406.

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