Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Spring 2003 Newsletter

Announcing an Exciting New Volunteer Opportunity

Along with our new public face comes a great new opportunity for volunteers. Now that the Ransom Center will feature exhibitions to delight and inform visitors of all kinds and backgrounds, there is a need for that most stalwart of volunteers — the docent. After all, where would our new guests be without the trusty docent at hand to answer questions, to inspire tours, and to greet visitors as they come through our newly-hung doors? Often, the docent is the only "face" they encounter.

An exciting new docent program -- one that will fire the imagination of any avocational professor -- has been created by the Ransom Center's new Curator of Public Programs, Oliver Franklin. He has given tours to over 40,000 people during his career -- he's even published professional articles on the subject -- and he promises that the docent's experience will be a great one. Among the benefits for docents are special insights into exhibitions, tours of the collections, access to library materials, invitations to special docent-only events, and of course, the chance to see the spark of inspiration in visitors' eyes. The qualifications are minimal -- an enjoyment of people, an appreciation of fine and important artifacts, a couple of hours a week, and above all, "a curious and unquiet nature" -- and new volunteers will have the benefit of learning with and from our existing group of talented volunteers.

Contact Oliver for details at 232-3670 or email him at ofranklin@mail.utexas.edu.

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