For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact the Assistant Education Coordinator, Frank Barker, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-550-9220.
The Gunston Hall Docents’ Association, in existence over fifty years, trains docents once a year for two weeks in the early autumn. Docents are asked to commit to conducting at least two tours a month for students, primarily elementary school level. Docents also are required to attend a monthly meeting featuring a guest speaker or program on 18th-century history or plantation life. Docents may volunteer in other ways as well, such as 18th-century open hearth cooking, living history, working in the herb garden, visiting school classrooms, and working in the library. In addition, docents frequently visit other historic sites to learn from their presentations.
In 2010, docent training will take place weekdays from Monday, September 20 through Friday, October 1,
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Devoted students of the 18th century can interpret social life, plantation life, politics of the Revolution, and politics of the Constitution by joining the Gunstonians. Formed in 1992, the Gunstonians are all volunteers devoted to first-person interpretation. Gunstonians dress in period clothing in order to portray actual or fictional personages from the 18th century who relate in some way to Gunston Hall and George Mason. For 2009, the Gunstonians will be focusing on two different time periods: 1759 and 1785. Training is required if you would like to join this devoted group of living historians.
The Young Gunstonians are a small and select group of students between the ages of 8 and 18 with a keen interest in Colonial history and willingness to study and to participate in third-person costumed interpretation of 18th-century plantation life at various public events. These young volunteers’ initial training and orientation to Gunston Hall and George Mason are continually supplemented with mandatory workshops in preparation for specific programs and to impart specialized skills.
Gunston Hall holds over 20 special events annually – and volunteer assistance often is needed to prepare for an event and on the day of the event itself. Volunteering for a special event is a fun way to get to know the site and other volunteers. This position is perfect for individuals with limited time.
The education department welcomes college, graduate school, and high school interns to carry out a variety of tasks that relate to public interpretation. Potential interns need to apply and meet with education staff to explore potential projects.