Local home school students dress the part to participate as hostesses at one
of our events.
Woodruff-Fontaine’s very existence is the result of the hard work of its volunteers. Primarily acting as docents and managing the gift shop cash register, volunteers are occasionally called upon to work at special events as hostesses for set up/clean up. Docents receive on the job training to learn the history of the house, and are expected to shadow more seasoned docents for several weeks before being scheduled to work a shift. Volunteers may also be asked to help change displays, or work to in the museum room where our clothing collection is kept. Of course, volunteers are asked to participate in cleaning and decorating projects during the holidays. The primary pool of volunteers is made up of members of Memphis Chapter APTA, but membership in the Association is not required to participate.
Some of our volunteer opportunities include:
- Docents — assist with greeting visitors and provide personal tours of the museum (training will be provided). There are no minimum time requirements for this position, but it is suggested to work 2 shifts a month to keep information fresh! Hours are Wednesday through Sunday noon until 4 p.m., or by appointment on Monday or Tuesday.
- Gift Shop Hostesses — assist with answering phone, operates cash register, records daily activities. Training will be provided. This is a good position for a volunteer who prefers not to perform public speaking.
Contact us for more volunteer information.
Joan Hargett and Elena Williams share
a moment while staffing the Gift Shop at
Our Volunteers Said…
“My years as a docent at this historic property have been rewarding. It’s been a pleasure meeting those who enjoy touring ‘our house’, and the friendships acquired here. The steps are getting harder to climb! — Rosemary Catalani
“The home is always so beautiful. I just love the gowns and dresses—it makes me feel like I am taking part in Victorian history! — Mary Simon
““I just love sharing the history of the house with our visitors. This is truly my second home. It gives me great pleasure to work here as a docent and help care for the property. — Ruth Ervin
“Oh, I just love this place. I love that it is such a piece of Memphis history. It is a pleasure to tell our visitors about the families who lived here and the way they lived. — Joan Hargett