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The Docent Program

2012 Docent LuncheonThe annual Docent Appreciation Luncheon in May 2012 had a great turnout, and we honored Pat Cowden for 15 years of service, along with Nancy Mebed (10 years), and Remy Wagner (10 years). Four new members were added to our enthusiastic and knowledgeable cadre of docents: Ross Duff, Dot Harrison, Rachel Navarro, and Amber Wahidi.

New 2010 Docents Sue Hoevelman, Shari Emery, Rebecca Cuscaden and Kathi LucasMay 2010 new docents: Sue Hoevelman, Shari Emery, Rebecca Cuscaden and Kathi Lucas

The docents are essential to one of the fundamental goals of the Museum: education. Docents (from Latin docere "to teach") at the Museum of Art and Archaeology are people who have gone through a year of training in order to present the art and artifacts to visitors in a thoughtful and interpretive way. Our docents are knowledgeable and enthusiastic – without them we would be unable to fulfill the tasks needed to offer the educational tours and events that enhance the Museum’s mission.

Do you have a passion for art? If you have an interest and/or background in art, art history, archaeology, classical studies and related areas, we encourage you to consider volunteering in the Museum’s docent program. At no cost these volunteers receive training and education through the Museum of Art and Archaeology curators and staff, and through courses offered at the University. Docents who have completed their training lead tours through the Museum’s galleries for school age as well as adult groups. The service and educational outreach provided by the docents is invaluable to the Museum’s mission. Contact Cathy Callaway, Associate Museum Educator, to talk about becoming a docent: email or 573-882-5076.

Docents Andrea Allen, Carol Stevenson and Gary Beahanright:
Docents Andrea Allen, Carol Stevenson and Gary Beahan

Celebrating twenty-five years of service

The Museum of Art and Archaeology’s Docent Program was established in 1977; in 2006 we celebrated twenty-five years of service to the Museum by Linda Keown and Ann Gowans as Docents. more (opens new window)

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Junior Docent Program

In August 2005, the museum became a Partnership Friend with Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School. Students from Lee School are frequent visitors to the Museum, and this program makes the relationship official. Part of this relationship is the Junior Docent program, in which fifth-grade students learn about a specific object by a series of visits and research. The Junior Docents present their object at an evening event to which parents, siblings and school personnel are invited. In 2007, seventh-graders from Columbia Independent School joined the program and completed their second year in 2008. Students enjoy their connection to one piece of art and learn interpretative skills in the process.

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docent giving tour
Docent Andrea Allen giving tour

Thank you notes

Thank you notes to the Museum
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Thank you notes to Betty Brown
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2010 Docent Luncheon
2010 Docent Appreciation Slideshow

In memoriam

Betty Brown
Jeanne Daly
Ramona Lamberti
Jean McCartney
Vesta LaZebnik
Bernadine Ford

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