Museum recruiting volunteers

FERRISBURGH-The Rokeby Museum celebrates volunteers every April-National Volunteer Month-with an orientation session for new recruits. Interested potential volunteers may visit the museum, Saturday, April 17, at 10 a.m.,to check out the opportunities.

Volunteering at Rokeby offers opportunities for personal education and service rolled into one, according to museum spokewoman Jane Williamson.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations, including Rokeby, where they handle everything from tour guiding to bookkeeping, Williamson said.

"If you love working with people, art and antiques, history, reading other people's mail, then you should join our cadre of dedicated tour guides," she said.

New guides will complete a brief training course that introduces them to the remarkable Quaker family that called Rokeby home and the 200 years of history they lived here. Volunteers study historic photographs, documents, art, and artifacts from the Museum's extensive collection and then share what they have learned with visitors, working two tour days per month during the season (June to October).

Rokeby Museum is a 90-acre historic site and National Historic Landmark designated for its exceptional Underground Railroad history.

For more information, e-mail Williamson at rokeby@comcast.net. Rokeby is located at 4334 Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.

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