Museum docent training

McHenry County Historical Society schedules training
UNION – The McHenry County Historical Society is hosting a docent training session at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the museum, 6422 Main St. You need not be a professional educator to participate. All you need is an interest in history and a willingness to share it with others.

The society provides training, as well as a docent guide.

Established in 1963, our members, staff and volunteers have 52-year track record rich in preservation, education, and entertainment contributions to McHenry County. We create learning experiences and events. We focus on local culture, organizational and family history. We collect and care for notable artifacts. We participate in the activities of like-minded organizations throughout McHenry County. You can help that effort by volunteering as a docent – chaperoning students or visiting groups as they tour the 1843 Gannon log cabin, 1895 West Harmony School and the 1870 historical museum. Plus, you get to learn about all those items you've wondered about for years!
Those interested in attending should reserve a spot by calling the office at 815-923-2267. 

The one-room West Harmony school is available for a two-hour visit by McHenry County third- through fifth-graders. Students participate in a turn-of-the-century school day complete with lessons in arithmetic, reading, penmanship, grammar, history, and games at recess. Times are 9 to 11 am, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the fall and spring. A more expansive, two-hour tour is available Thursdays and Fridays that includes West Harmony School, the museum and the log cabin. Available times are from 9 to 11 a.m., 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. to noon.

In both instances, schools are eligible for a $200 McHenry County Community Foundation grant to defray transportation costs. For more information visit

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 10:00am

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