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Miner Museum in search of volunteers

CHAZY - Though the doors of the Alice T. Miner Museum are now closed for the winter, behind the scenes a search is being conducted for volunteers to help when the museum reopens this spring.

Hoping to expand their docent program at the museum, director/curator Amanda Palmer is hoping to "reach out to the community members who are looking for an opportunity to be an important part of our team of volunteers."

"Docents are volunteers who lead tours," explained Palmer. "They interpret the museum for visitors."

Although docents are mainly what the museum is currently looking for, volunteers to work in the

garden and do research are also needed.

"It's not easy to find [people]," Palmer added. "And, understandably so, because people are busy."

Whether or not one knows enough about the museum to lead tours is irrelevant, Palmer said. No prior experience with the museum is necessary.

"We've had people come in who never actually been in the museum before they come to interview to be a volunteer," she said. "We have a pretty good training program that we've worked up over the past few years to familiarize people with the museum and the collection."

Information is provided to those who have been selected to become docents, including the history of the museum and the basics about the collections. From there they will be lead on several tours with Palmer or her assistant, Stephanie Pfaff. Then, by the summertime, they will begin assisting with tours.

"They really know the material by the time they're sent off on their own," said Palmer.

With the museum's tour schedule beginning "in earnest" in May, Palmer is hoping to get people in as soon as possible to have them prepared by March or April.

"We have a pretty extensive and eclectic collection," Palmer explained. "It takes time to get prepared."

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