Love Portland History? Become a Docent!

A tour gathers in front of the Longfellow House.

Do you like historic settings, and learning the finer details about them? Do you like to share your knowledge with others? Are you good with people? Can you see yourself leading tours of the Longfellow House at MHS, or volunteering at another local history site?

If so, you may be interested in the Portland History Docent program (PHD, for short), a collaboration between eight Portland museums. It’s an incredible way to get involved, learn about Portland history, and become part of a great community.

In addition to lectures on Portland and Maine history by experts like State Historian Earle Shettleworth and museum personnel, you’ll get an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour at each participating museum and historic site in the program, and training on many aspects of visitor services. During the program’s final week, you get to choose the site(s) where you most want to volunteer.

The 12-week training program for new docents will be held Thursday mornings from February 9 through May 3. It’s totally free–though it does requires a commitment to serving at least one site for a year. Sound good? Learn more!

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