HOUSTON, TX (March 17, 2008) – Teaching the dangers of prejudice and hatred against the backdrop of the Holocaust would be an almost impossible task without the assistance of volunteers who help educate the thousands of visitors to Holocaust Museum Houston each year.
In preparation for this fall’s busy tour schedule, HMH is now accepting applications for tour guides, commonly called docents, to help with those tasks. Volunteers will be trained in the history of the Holocaust and taught to give tours during seven weeks of training.
This year’s class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon from August 12 through September 25. Applications must be received by June 15. All classes will be held at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District.
Trainees this year also will have an opportunity to learn about the Holocaust from Dr. Mark Roseman. Roseman is the chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is a professor in its Department of History. Roseman is the winner of numerous awards for his research on the Holocaust and has published seven books on the subject.
Roseman also will speak at a free public lecture scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug, 14, 2008, in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater at Holocaust Museum Houston.
Docents must commit to giving tours for a one-year period. Weekday docents generally give one two-hour tour per week, while weekend volunteers typically give one tour every other week.
During the school year, almost 30,000 students in middle school, high school or college will tour the Museum and more than 95,000 adults from around the world will visit. Tours are conducted every day, and as many as three or four schools may be represented on any day.
"Volunteers need only a desire to learn, an interest in public speaking and a commitment to helping change our future by teaching the lessons of the past," said Suzanne Sutherland, the Museum’s director of visitor and volunteer services.
"Visiting Holocaust Museum Houston is an adventure in learning for many students. Often, a visit will be the first time for a student to come face to face with the dangers of racial prejudice or religious intolerance. Our docents are trained to respond to their questions regarding the history of prejudice and current attitudes today," said Sutherland.
For more information on becoming a docent, contact Sutherland at email@example.com or 713-942-8000, ext. 102.
The Museum’s docent training program is generously underwritten by Drs. Emil and Anna Steinberger.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.
For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.