HOUSTON, TX (May 10, 2006) – 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.
And with the Museum’s attendance growing and increased public
interest in the Holocaust stemming from recent news events in France,
Egypt, Iran and elsewhere, more and more volunteers are needed to help
guide students and the general public through the Museum, teach about
its lessons, explain its exhibits and answer questions about the
During the school year, almost 30,000 students in middle school,
high school or college will tour the Museum and almost 60,000 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 school day.
In preparation for this fall’s busy tour schedule, Holocaust Museum
Houston is now accepting applications for tour guides, commonly called
docents, to help with those tasks. More than 120 docents are needed
each year to handle the volume of public tours.
Volunteers will be trained in the history of the Holocaust and
taught to give tours during six weeks of classes. One class begins Aug.
15, and meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. A second
class begins Aug. 22 and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.
The deadline to apply for training as a docent is Aug. 8.
All classes will be held at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District.
"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
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.
For more information on becoming a docent, contact Sutherland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-942-8000, ext. 102.
The Museum also has openings for front desk volunteers, assistants
in the Museum library and volunteers to assist with administrative
Front desk volunteers are trained to manage the Museum bookstore and
greet patrons. Those volunteers work in shifts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Weekend shifts are available from noon to
2:30 p.m. and from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Training for front-desk volunteers is
done individually and can be completed in about two hours.
Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the public
of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop
of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and education.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is
located in Houston's Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX
For more information about Holocaust Museum Houston, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.