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Docent Program | Docent Training | Volunteer Opportunities
Benefits of Volunteering

The Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) is looking for members of the community to join our Docent and Volunteer Programs. To learn more, or to inquire about volunteer opportunities not listed below, please contact LeRonn Herbert at 410-216-6181 or at bannekerdouglassmuseum@gmail.com

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

BDM Docent Program

Docents provide interactive education through tours and public programming. We are looking for individuals, age 14 and older, who would like to get involved with community education. The BDM is in need of individuals to provide school tours, assist with special programming and events for schools and the general public, and to assist with our daily free tours.

The Banneker-Douglass Museum will provide training for all docent positions. There will be a four week training course about the museum facilities and exhibit materials including interactive training for tour guides. No experience is necessary.

Docent Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Docent/Tour Guide

Description of Duties:

      • Provide interactive tours to the general public and school groups.
      • Provide interpretation of the museum’s wealth of exhibits and information

Qualifications:

      • Must be at least 14 years of age
      • Good communication skills
      • An interest in history

Availability:

      • 6 hours per month minimum plus training sessions.

Program Assistant

Description of Duties:

      • Assist with planning and providing public programs at the museum and locations throughout Maryland during the year.

Qualifications:

      • Must be at least 15 years of age
      • Good communication skills
      • An interest in history

Availability:

      • 3 hours per month minimum.

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Docent Training

The Banneker-Douglass Museum provides an extensive training program to prepare docents and program assistants to work with the public.

Our training sessions are held in the spring and fall over a series of four Saturdays for 2-3 hours each.

Docents are expected to attend all training sessions.

Additionally, docents will work one-on-one with education staff members to learn all museum tours and programs through mentoring and co-teaching.

Applications are being accepted now.

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Volunteer Opportunities

If you are not comfortable speaking in front of groups or you would like to work behind the scenes at the museum, we have the following volunteer positions available:

      • Library Assistant: Help keep our holdings organized and accessible with such projects as updating the catalog, maintaining the vertical file, or digitizing delicate materials.
      • Archives Assistant: Help to preserve and improve access to historical documents & photographs by creating descriptive inventories of selected collections.
      • Library Publicity: Help to promote our collection by assisting with the production of access/publicity tools, such as the library newsletter, book marks, and annotated bibliographies.
      • Curatorial Assistant: Assist with researching and cataloging objects in the BDM museum collection and potential donations to the collection. Work involves photographing objects and creating digitized images for collection database. Learn more about the Collections Department here.
      • Office Work Assistant: Provide clerical assistance within the BDM. Work involves organizing, filing, data entry, and mailing list database management.
      • Volunteer from Home: Send us newspaper & magazine clippings by & about Maryland’s African American history and culture.

Volunteer Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Benefits of Volunteering

    • Hands-on training and experience working in a museum environment
    • Developing communication skills
    • Exposure to a wide variety of historical and cultural events and materials
    • Networking opportunities with curators, educators, community members, historians, and artists

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