House Docent at Shinn House

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Mission Peak Heritage Foundation

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Become a docent at Shinn Park!

Do you enjoy history, dressing in period costumes, and meeting people? Do you want to help preserve the history of the Shinn family and the Washington Township?

Come to our holiday open house and meet other people who to show off the house and history to the public.

  • Find out: Come to one of the holiday house tours. Let the docent know you are interested and would like to see what they do: 4 (1-3:00) and Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15 (1-4:00)
  • Training: You do not need to know everything at once. Your docent training will be staged. The training will be 1 hour and 30 minutes per week for one month. The docent manual contains everything you will need to know.
  • Meet the Shinns: Docents will learn the history of the Shinn family. The docent creates life for this family during the Victorian era. The Shinn family was important in several ways in the Washington Township - the water district, child psychology field, development of horticulture, forestry, and agriculture.
  • Meet the House: Docents will learn about the history of the Shinn House itself and many of the interesting artifacts from the Victorian era.
  • Regular house toursdates: the first Wednesday and third Sunday of each month. The tours last 45 minutes. During holiday times, the hours may change.

Contact information: Please RSVP to Dr. Marguerite McInnes,

Training: Four Thursdays - January 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10:30-12:00

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About Mission Peak Heritage Foundation


P.O. Box 3078, Fremont, CA 94539, US

Mission Statement

Mission Peak Heritage Foundation (MPHF) takes care of the Shinn House at Shinn Historical Park & Arboretum. Docents give tours twice a month and tell visitors about the Shinn family and about the house. MPHF also puts on several events during the year for the community. Shinn Park is a favorite location for weddings, baby showers, graduations, and other celebrations.


James and Lucy Shinn came to the Vallejo's Mill area (now the Niles district of Fremont) in 1856. They had a plant nursery in the 1870’s to 1880’s and sold fruit trees, roses, and ornamentals. Many historic trees were planted in this time - pecans, palms, ginkgo, Moreton bay fig, and other exotic trees. Eventually they shifted their focus to fruit ranching - pears, cherries, apricots, and more.
MPHF's goal is to tell people about the Shinn family and the history of our area.


Thu Jan 09, 2020 - Thu Jan 30, 2020
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM  


Shinn Historical Park & Arboretum1251 Peralta BlvdFremont, CA 94539



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Curating
  • History


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • For student docents, time is flexible. For adult docents, training is four sessions of 1.5 hours. Open house days are 3 hours each twice a month or during special events.
  • You will learn about the Shinn House and the family who lived there. You can start out slow and work your way to a full docent tour guide.

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