For nearly two decades, the dedicated volunteers of Oroville Docent's Association have guided and educated the public on our local museums, including the Chinese Temple, Bolt's Antique Tool Museum, the Lott Home, Pioneer Museum, State Theater and Feather River Nature Center.
We're always looking for volunteers. Donating your time as a docent benefits the community and is a great way to meet people and share an interest in history.
What is a docent?
A docent is defined as “a lecturer or teacher who is not a regular faculty member .” The word “docent” comes from the Latin verb “docere” meaning “to teach.” We use the term within this group to refer to everyone who volunteers at the museums.
What types of activities are there?
There are many different things for Docents to do, and a few Docents do all of them! What you will do depends on your interests, and how much time you can give to the group. The following list of activities is long, in hopes that ONE (or two) of them might interest you. Docents; staff the museums during open hours, conduct tours, document artifacts and update the inventory, run a gift shop, help with yearly cleaning, assist the museum staff on special projects, cook food, throw parties, go on field trips, do mending and sewing, create displays, usher at performing arts events and some even do a bit of gardening and landscaping.