Volunteers sought for museum

The Museum of Church History and Art is seeking individuals to serve in its tour guide and other volunteer programs.

"The success of our current exhibits and the increased number of visitors to the museum have placed new demands on our volunteers," said Jenny Lund, museum educator. "We have openings for people with a variety of skills and interests in Church history, art, humanities and education."The museum has an immediate need for volunteers to serve as docent tour guides. An intensive, six-week training program will prepare volunteers to give museum tours, present gallery talks, and take outreach programs into the public schools. Classes will begin in January and will include sessions on Church history, art, the museum's exhibits and collections, and group tour teaching techniques.

Tour guides in the museum may be assigned to serve on weekdays, evenings or Saturdays.

Other volunteer needs in the museum include individuals who are interested in greeting visitors and providing information at the information desk, individuals who can assist in the gift shop and behind-the-scenes volunteers who assist staff members in various assignments.

Volunteer service at the museum provides many opportunities to learn and grow, and to meet people from all over the world, she said.

"Volunteer service in the museum has been a tremendous educational experience for me," said Doug Merrill, a volunteer tour guide, "besides being fun and uplifting, too."

Those interested in volunteering should call (801) 240-2299 for more information. The application deadline for the tour guide training program is Dec. 3. The museum is located at 45 N. West Temple in Salt Lake City.

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