Courage · Dorothea Lange · Hung Liu · Japanese American Internment · Kaiser Shipyards · Public History · T Sisters · The Dust Bowl · Touring · World War II

Back to the Beginning: Docent Training and Understanding Public History

Today I began to learn first hand the meaning of the docent’s college-level class, California History as Public History. Betty Reid Soskin came to the museum to talk to the docents for our monthly Advanced Training and New Year’s Luncheon. Betty is the oldest park ranger in the United States— 94 years young, for sure.… Continue reading Back to the Beginning: Docent Training and Understanding Public History

Death · Dias de los Muertos · Discovery · Family · Ofrenda · Touring

Dias de los Muertos 2015

I’m going to put the process for becoming a “full-on” History OMCA docent on hold and look at our current exhibit, Rituals and Remembrance. This year when the opportunity arose to join the training for Dias de los Muertos, I said, “Yes.” Training started in late September and I gathered with fellow docents in the… Continue reading Dias de los Muertos 2015

Gold Rush Guides · Zell Family

So Much to Read, So Little Time

One of the techniques we learned during our training was storytelling. To integrate this technique into my tours, I look for opportunities to find out our visitors’ “Coming to California” stories. I always tell them a bit about mine, which started in 1977 when I decided to move from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco. But… Continue reading So Much to Read, So Little Time