During a reception at the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, Delbert Chambers (right) talks to a visitor to the popular venue. Due in part to an 80 percent increase in adult visitors this past year, the museum is now seeking volunteer greeters. The museum has garnered regional attention for its professional, informative presentation of artifacts and documents.
The Warrensburgh Museum of Local History is now seeking people to serve as docents, or "welcomers," during open hours. Volunteering as few as two hours a month will help keep the museum open and allow it to expand its hours, Museum director Steve Parisi said this week.
“No experience or special knowledge about Warrensburg is necessary, just a smile and a friendly nature,” he said. “It's a great way to learn more about Warrensburg.”
Primary duties of docents include welcoming visitors as they enter the museum, being available should there be any questions — which can be relayed to someone more knowledgeable, and inviting visitors to sign the guest book. Docents also check to see that lights are on, that "Open" signs are displayed and that the temperature is comfortable. New enlistees are always paired with someone experienced.
Anyone interested should contact Parisi, at 623-2207 to arrange for an appointment. Current museum hours are 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, plus 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.
The museum illustrates the history of Warrensburg chronologically, from the glacial era to global era." A play table with trains and buildings on a 3-D map of the town is available for youngsters. The current featured exhibit, “Local Agriculture - the Past 200 Years, will run through Columbus Day.