Dumbarton House recruits volunteers to help share the history of the house and its collection with the public. Docents greet visitors and lead them on tours. Trained in the social history of the early 19th century and the decorative arts fashionable at the time, Docents are a vital link between the history of the house and its visitors. Docents are expected to commit themselves to two weekdays (Tuesday-Friday) or one day on the weekend each month in four-hour shifts. Extensive training is provided for all Docents. Docents may also choose to volunteer to lead group tours or organize public programs.
Do you have a passion for early American history, the decorative arts, architecture, or museums in general? Dumbarton House, a Federal period house museum in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood recruits dedicated volunteers to share the story of courage, preservation, and the rise of a nation. Dumbarton House, headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, offers volunteers an opportunity to increase their knowledge of early American history, life in Washington during the early days of the Republic (1799) and Federal period decorative arts and architecture, which they then share with museum visitors. Our mission is preservation and our passion is creating a connection to the past for our visitors. We’d love your help!
Training begins soon! Make-up sessions are available if you cannot make a session and independent training is available if our upcoming training does not fit into your schedule. Spring 2017 Docent Training, 11am-1pm.
- April 26 - Volunteering and Dumbarton House Overview
- May 2 - DC and Georgetown History
- May 11 - Architecture and Landscaping
- May 17 - The Nourse Household & Following Generations
- May 23 - The Objects
- June 1 - Crafting a Visitor Friendly Tour
- Teaching / Instruction
- People Skills
- Public Speaking
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- minimum of 4-8 hours per month
- completed volunteer application