2016-01-22 / Community

Docents needed for historical tours

For the 21st consecutive year, history lovers have an opportunity to do something fun for themselves and good for the community. Starting in early March, the Portland History Collaborative will host a program of nine classes on local history, art and architecture, as well as guiding techniques and public speaking.

The program is called Portland History Docents, and it’s designed to produce volunteer guides for eight historic sites, including Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, Portland Observatory and six others.

“The history docents program has been recognized throughout New England for the quality of its training, not to mention its amazing durability,” said Marjorie Getz, program director. “In the past 20 years we’ve graduated over 800 from the course. You can get involved, meet interesting people and learn a lot about the region in which we live, while you volunteer with some of the local museums”.

Graduates of the program are asked to donate about six hours a month as guides at one of the historic sites sponsoring the training.

The Portland History Docents classes run 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, beginning Feb. 25. They conclude April 28.

For more information, visit www.portlandhistorydocents.org.

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