Do you have a passionate interest in maritime history? Are you looking for ways to share your enthusiasm about the subject with others? The Columbia River Maritime Museum is recruiting new volunteers who are interested in sharing the rich maritime history of the area with visitors.

These volunteers will be trained as docents, commonly known as tour guides, for the many tour groups that come to the museum.

The six-week training course begins Jan. 25 and meets every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon. The six sessions will teach participants how to lead tours through the museum. New volunteers will become actively involved in each session, gaining knowledge in ways people learn, making information relevant to visitors, reading artifacts, and creating themes. Trainees will continue their education through enrichment classes, field trips and research projects.

The docent training course is offered free of charge. Anyone interested in attending should register by Jan. 20 with Cynthia Svensson, the museum's volunteer coordinator, at 325-2323.

For more information on this course contact Svensson or Betsey Ellerbroek at the same number.

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