MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County Historical Society invites anyone interested in local history, historic preservation, or 19th century social history to attend our Volunteer Docent Classes this winter. Managed and operated as a house museum by the MCHS, Acorn Hall is a historic home built in 1853. Home to a retired medical doctor, Acorn Hall was later redesigned as a summer home for the Crane family by 1860. This property belonged to investment banker Augustus Crane; Dr. James Leonard Corning, the father of the epidural; Alice Castleman, the daughter of a Confederate officer; and Mary Crane Hone, a Broadway starlet. The Hall, to this day, maintains much of its original fabrics, furnishings, and décor.
Docents learn how to give engaging, informative, and educational tours to a variety of audiences. The MCHS offers tours of our historic house museum Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and by appointment. Docents are scheduled on a monthly basis and are asked to volunteer at least one Sunday a month.
Docents must attend all 3 training sessions in order to become certified. To sign up for a session or for further information, please call the MCHS at 973-267-3465 or email MCHSAcornHall@gmail.com. Each session is limited to 10 participants, so please sign up early!
Session 1: The History of Acorn Hall and its Families
Monday, February 6, 2017: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 12, 2017: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Session 2: The Victorian Era in Morris County
Monday, February 13, 2017: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 19, 2017: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Session 3: Giving Effective Museum Tours
Monday, February 20, 2017: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 26, 2017: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.