The Hammond-Harwood House Museum in downtown Annapolis is looking for Docents to serve as guides at our 18th & 19th century decorative arts house museum. This a wonderful opportunity for interested individuals to share their love of history and decorative arts with the public. Docent training is usually held in the spring and fall. If you are interested, please contact Eleni Bozori or fill out the Contact us form. Candidates will be required to complete two ''shadowing'' days between August 22 to September 9 followed by three, two-hour classes between September 6 to 22, 2022.
Please note once a training class has started we will not take on new candidates half-way through.
This national treasure also features some of the nation’s premier architecture of the colonial period.
Hammond-Harwood House is a fun place to volunteer and there are a lot of opportunities:
- Gallery Guides at our 18th & 19th century historic house museum. The museum has an exemplary collection of fine and decorative arts and is featuring a new exhibition Ambition: Charles Willson Peale in Annapolis which will feature the life and work of early American artist Charles Willson Peale (opening April 1, 2022).
Gallery guides will staff the gallery space during regular museum hours and will be trained to engage visitors and answer questions about the art and objects displayed within the Gallery, specifically the work of artist Charles Willson Peale. In addition to answering visitor's questions, Gallery Guides will also give a brief five-minute overview of the exhibit to guests during docent-led house tours.
- Volunteers to help out with the garden -- weeding, planting, watering, improving, spring and fall clean-ups. Our garden needs care. For this we usually set up a few days in April and September in the morning for weeding, caring for our herb garden and maintaining the perennials. Our historic boxwoods, the herb garden - used for educational purposes, and the delicate perennials need attention. Tools will be provided and will be sanitized before every use. Hours are 9:30-11:00 a.m when it is cool and shady. Other days/times can be scheduled upon request.
- Volunteers to help at one of the Hammond-Harwood House events -- run activity booths at family programs and other events, volunteer for the Secret Garden Tour in the spring, volunteer to help set up or take down at events, volunteer to greet or take tickets
- Do you have a special skill you'd like to share? Photography, historical research, preservation knowledge -- you can help us out!