Join the California Historical Society as an exhibition docent! The California Historical Society is looking for enthusiastic volunteers docents for upcoming exhibitions. We seek passionate, dedicated individuals who care deeply for California history and will engage in our exhibitions and programs as well as participate in the Docent program. We rotate exhibitions every six to ten weeks and each exhibition brings a new topic related to the state at large. Docents provide hour-long tours which explore the history, key themes, and ideas of an exhibition to small groups of museum guests.
Founded in 1871, the California Historical Society is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives. We hold one of the richest collections of primary and secondary materials in the state on California’s social, cultural, economic, and political development.
Exhibitions on display:
Overland to California: Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad
Overland to California draws from the California Historical Society's vast archival and photographic collections to consider the railroad's impact on the industry and culture of California. Featuring photographs, stereocards, historical objects, and ephemera, this exhibition explores how rail access to California contributed not only to population growth and industrial development, but also to the construction of the state's enduring mythology as a tourist destination and land of opportunity. Overland to California will also examine the railroad's complex labor history, taking into consideration the immigrant populations who built its infrastructure, as well as the scandals surrounding the monopolistic practices of the so-called "Big Four": Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins.
Selections from the California Historical Society collections:
The California Historical Society will be showcasing some of our beautiful historic paintings. These paintings of San Francisco and the Bay Area transport the viewer back in time through a variety of painting mediums and techniques.
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- Teaching / Instruction
- Visual Arts
- Adult Education
- Public Speaking
- Must be at least 17
- Orientation or Training
- One phone interview and one in-person interview, one training session with the curatorial staff, time spent reading background and educational materials and preparing a tour. We ask docents to commit to at least one public tour per month.