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ORGANIZATION: American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

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Do you have a passion for American history, historic sites, or the decorative arts? Would you like to share your passion with others? The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati has an immediate need for volunteer museum docents. Docents create a memorable and enlightening experience for visitors of all ages by leading guided tours of the Institute’s headquarters, Anderson House. The mansion, a National Historic Landmark, was completed in 1905 in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Today, tours of Anderson House reveal the significance of the American Revolution, the history of the Society of the Cincinnati, and the lives and collections of the home's first owners, Larz and Isabel Anderson.

Docents serve at least two weekday shifts or one weekend shift per month. Available shifts are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., as well as Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. Training is provided, as well as continuing education and fellowship gatherings.

Duties:

  • Welcome and orient visitors to Anderson House;
  • Provide guided tours of the first and second floors;
  • Assist with visitor services.

Qualifications:

  • 18+ years old;
  • Able to climb stairs and be on your feet for up to an hour at a time;
  • Enjoy working with people;
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Interest in the American Revolution, the history of Washington, D.C., and/or historic sites.
  • English fluency is required, and we welcome candidates with additional language skills.

Training will take place in increments of three two-hour evening classes to be followed by tour shadowing and the providing of additional resources.

For more information and to apply to be a museum docent, please contact Paul Newman, museum collections and operations manager, at pnewman@societyofthecincinnati.org or 202.785.2040 x429 Learn more about the Institute and its museum on our website: https://www.americanrevolutioninstitute.org/.

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About American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

Location:

2118 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20008, US

Mission Statement

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati promotes knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American Independence, fulfilling the aim of the Continental Army officers who founded the Society of the Cincinnati in 1783 to perpetuate the memory of that vast event. The Institute supports advanced study, presents exhibitions and other public programs, advocates preservation and provides resources to teachers and students to enrich understanding of our War for Independence and the principles of the men and women who secured the liberty of the American people.

Description

The Society of the Cincinnati was founded in 1783 with more than 2,200 original members-officers of the Continental Army and Navy and their French counterparts who served together in the Revolutionary War and wanted to promote the ideals and nation they fought for as well as preserve the bonds they forged with their fellow soldiers. Named for the ancient Roman citizen-soldier Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, the Society was led by its first president general, George Washington, whose own selfless, patriotic service earned him the nickname the "American Cincinnatus." The Society was created as a hereditary organization so the founders’ descendants could carry on their work, and it has more than four thousand members today. The Society became a federally recognized nonprofit educational organization in 1937, devoted to promoting knowledge and appreciation of the American Revolution and its legacy. The following year, the Society established its headquarters at Anderson House, a 1905 mansion in Washington, D.C., donated by Society member Larz Anderson and his wife, Isabel. In the years since, Anderson House-now a National Historic Landmark-has been the home of the Society’s work, including its museum, research library, and historical and teacher programs. Today this work is done under the umbrella of the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, created in 2012 to focus the Society’s public presence on the subject, the American Revolution, that is at the heart of its mission.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Community
Arts & Culture, Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

2118 Massachusetts Avenue NorthwestWashington, DC 20008

(38.91068,-77.04768)
 

SKILLS

  • Exhibition Arts
  • Curating
  • Painting
  • History
  • Storytelling

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least two weekday shifts or one weekend shift per month
  • • Able to climb stairs and be on your feet for up to an hour at a time; • Enjoy working with people; • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills; • Interest in the American Revolution, the history of Washington, D.C.

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