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Fall 2004 Newsletter

Docent Profile: Sarah Harvey


Docent Sarah Harvey is one of the Ransom Center's most beloved volunteers.

Following an interesting life path that led her all over California and even featured a six-year stretch in Hawaii, Sarah and her late husband John retired to Austin in the late '90s. Soon after arriving, Sarah started working for the Ransom Center as a docent for the great From Gutenberg to Gone with the Wind: Treasures of the Ransom Center exhibition.

"From the start, I just loved it here," says Sarah. "At one of my very first meetings, a curator opened a box full of all this amazing Tennessee Williams material. I nearly fell over!"

"It's a privilege to docent at the Ransom Center," exclaims Sarah. Her pride and passion show in her work. Few people have the skills, grace, and good humor that she brings to her tours. And visitors frequently ask for her by name.

Alison Hanks, another of the Ransom Center's docents, says that Sarah "is one reason I'm a docent." Alison adds, "The main thing I like about Sarah is she's curious. She's open to new things and has a wicked sense of humor, yet she's such a lady at heart. A lovely combination of a lot of great traits."

Alison's sentiments echo those of the majority – if not all – of the docent body, who recently – unanimously – voted Sarah Docent of the Year.

Come and meet Alison, Sarah, and our other fine docents – ranging from undergraduates to retired professors – at one of our Docent First Fridays, held every first Friday of the month, from 4 to 6 p.m.  

-Oliver Franklin

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