FOXFIRE FUND INC
Our Museum Docents serve as ambassadors and interpreters at our outdoor Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center. We are THE premiere museum for the preservation and interpretation of Appalachian culture in an attractive setting that can also be used as a tool for educating visitors about local flora and fauna.
We encourage volunteers that bring a variety of skills and knowledge to consider becoming a member of our Foxfire family and join our team. We will train you, and provide assignments that meet your scheduling needs and meet your interests as well.
Flexible schedules, from a few hours a month to regularly scheduled shifts throughout the week are all available to qualified candidates.
We meet CDC social distancing guidelines by requiring Museum visitors to limit the size of their groups, and by maintaining 15 minute intervals for groups to enter the Museum grounds. We encourage mask wearing, but since we are an outdoor venue, visitors are able to spread out and social distance easily throughout the 10 acre village site, located on 100 acres adjacent to Black Rock State Park.
Museum Docents are provided a large area for social distancing at their interpretation assignments, so that they have appropriate separation from any visitors. For example, an assignment could be to provide education and interpretation from the front porch of a log cabin, that has exhibits inside. The Docent would stand on the porch to discuss the interior exhibits with the visitors, who would be standing in the yard below, then the Docent would leave the porch and allow visitors to enter the cabin while socially distancing from them.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About FOXFIRE FUND INC
PO BOX 541, 98 Foxfire Lane, MOUNTAIN CITY, GA 30562, US
Foxfire's mission is to preserve the diverse traditions of Southern Appalachia and advance the understanding and appreciation of cultural heritage through public programs, publications, and learner-centered education. Foxfire is a nationally-recognized heritage preservation organization and a model for how learner-centered education enriches students and their communities and builds connections across generations.
In 1966, a struggling English teacher at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School in Northeast Georgia asked his students what would make school more interesting. They decided to create a magazine, featuring stories gathered from their families and neighbors about the pioneer era of southern Appalachia as well as traditions still thriving in the region.
The students called it "Foxfire" after the glow-in-the-dark fungus found in the local hills. This spark of an idea turned into a phenomenon of education and living history, exploring how our past contributes to who we are and what we can become - how the past illuminates our present and inspires imagination.
In 1974, Foxfire used The Foxfire Book royalties to purchase land in Mountain City, Georgia, which eventually became an immersive museum. Today, you can experience Foxfire first-hand by walking through the outdoor museum and encountering buildings and artifacts representative of life in the mountains, from the 1820's to the 1940's.