Docent: a person who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, or zoo. - Webster's Dictionary
Thurber House Young Docent: a fun, outgoing, well-spoken 5th or 6th grader who is trained in all things Thurber and gives guests tours of Thurber House, helps decorate for the holidays, acts out skits, and has fun! - Thurber House definition
Thurber House is a living museum where guests can step back into time, play the piano, take pictures, and perhaps see a ghost! To keep Thurber's legacy alive, we train students in 5th and 6th grade all about James Thurber, his family, his works, Thurber House, and the ghost stories, of course. Each year, ten students are selected and after four Saturday training sessions, they become Young Docents! Throughout the year they will give tours to patrons before our Literary Picnics, to our campers during Summer Camp and other various special occasions.
Being a Young Docent isn't just about giving tours of Thurber House! Each year they help decorate Thurber House for Halloween and Christmas, perform Thurber works at the Columbus Arts Festival, and have been known to have other fun get-togethers such as our Friday the 13th field trip to Greenlawn Cemetery to see James Thurber's grave!
If you're interested in becoming a Young Docent, email Meg Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the James W. Overstreet Fund of The Columbus Foundation, and The Ohio Arts Council for their ongoing support of our programs.