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Volunteer Trainees are on Mission to Bring San Juan History to Life!
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Have you ever wondered about those people you see around the Mission with the black hats and various red & black attire?

These are our Mission San Juan Docents. Docents make California history come alive for over 50,000 school children and adults each year. If you love history, have a natural curiosity, enjoy people and like sharing with others, this may be a volunteer position for you!

Docent Society

The Docent Society is comprised of individuals with a strong sense of history, the importance of remembering it, and the ability to share it with others.

Mechelle Lawrence-Adams, Executive Director at Mission San Juan Capistrano said: “Docents have the opportunity to change a student’s perspective from one that thinks history is boring to one that views history as interesting. As I still remember my 4th grade field trip to this mission, it inspired me to care about history. Unfortunately here at the Mission, we don’t have enough docents and hope that we can attract more interesting people who want to make a difference through docent work.”

In order to become one of the Mission San Juan Capistrano Docents, individuals must participate in all four of the scheduled Saturday training classes, one-on-one training with a Docent mentor, as well as complete observations of other Docent tours. The entire process can be completed within eight weeks of the first training class.

The Mission San Juan Capistrano Docent Society has been in existence for 28 years and has a membership of more than 100. The purpose of the society is to educate and inform the visitors about Mission San Juan Capistrano. Training fees are $25 per person, payable the second training session. The fee covers training materials and the first year's membership dues. The minimal annual service requirement is 12 tours.

Docents come from many walks of life. Men and Women who want to share their knowledge with others. Docents are asked to conduct monthly tours and attend monthly meetings. As a society, the docents plan visits to surrounding historical sites, participate in fund raising projects and assist with special projects. The reward for helping history come alive for visitors is satisfaction of a job well done.

They help perpetuate the story of how Mission San Juan was established, share the story of the Native Americans, Spanish padres, and the leatherjackets who came to this site. The thank you letters from the many school children are a fantastic reward. It is their desire, for all who come to Mission San Juan Capistrano to leave with a sense of marvel and awe about this amazing California story.

The Mission San Juan Capistrano Docent Society will conduct training classes for new Docents.

Upcoming training dates:
January 21 & 28, 2015
February 4 & 11, 2015
Classes will be 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Mission

Contact Pat March at (949) 234 1322 or email to register or to obtain more information.

Docent Society

Mission San Juan Capistrano received an early Christmas present this year from its Docent Society, an 18th century chocolate pot and molinillo (frothing stick). The pot is made from hand hammered copper and is a near perfect representation of pots used by the Spanish during the California mission’s founding period. The pot and molinillo will soon be on display in the South Wing museum building.


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To make a difference, please contact Pat March to request more information about volunteer opportunities:
eMail Volunteer at the Mission
Phone: (949) 234-1322

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