County Historical Association Announces Docent Training Program
Free docent orientations will be held at the Sánchez Adobe on Saturday, October 7 at 9:30 a.m., the San Mateo County History Museum on Saturday, October 14 at 9:30 a.m. and the Woodside Store on Sunday, October 15 at 1 p.m.
Docents interpret the Sánchez Adobe and Woodside Store on weekends and assist with school programs on weekdays. At the San Mateo County History Museum, gallery monitors help interpret the exhibits on public program days and docents lead tours for students and adults. The orientation sessions include an introduction to docenting techniques and information on the specific site.
The Sánchez Adobe Historic Site at 1000 Linda Mar Blvd. in Pacifica explores the different periods of California history. It was the site of the Ohlone village of Pruristac, it was a mission outpost during Spanish times and it was the Mexican rancho of Francisco Sánchez. The exhibit at the Interpretive Center details the history of the site. The Interpretive Center has increased the need for volunteers as docents are needed in both within the Sánchez Adobe house and the Interpretive Center.
Built in 1854, the Woodside Store at the intersection of Kings Mountain and Tripp Roads in Woodside was one of the first general stores between San Francisco and San Jose serving the loggers in the area. It was also a stagecoach stop, dentist office, post office and community gathering spot. Restored to its 1880s appearance, docents are needed to interpret the hands-on store.
Located inside the 1910 County Courthouse, the San Mateo County History Museum at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City features exhibits related to the use of natural resources, suburban development, ethnic experience and entrepreneurial achievement on the Peninsula from the times for the Ohlone Indian through today. Thematic school programs focus on the varied use of natural resources, the contributions of immigrants to the area and the changes transportation brought to the Peninsula.