Free Training Offered For Los Alamos History Tour Guides – Kickoff Meeting March 26

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
The Los Alamos Historical Society is gearing up for tourist season by offering free training about the community’s history and historic district.
 
Those interested in the training should attend a kickoff meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in the Nambè Room of Fuller Lodge. It will be led by professional tour guide Georgia Strickfaden. 
 
Training is free and open to the public; registration is not required. Potential tour guides, museum docents and the public are encouraged to participate in nine training sessions that will allow them to become Los Alamos Historical Society “Certified Guides.” Information on certification will be available at the kickoff meeting. 
 
Training sessions will run for nine Thursdays at 3 p.m., starting April 2. The sessions will be held in the historic Hans Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row. 
 
Tours of the Los Alamos Historic District allow visitors to step inside the homestead-era Romero Cabin, visit an Ancestral Pueblo site, hear about the giants of 20th century physics who walked the streets during the Manhattan Project and Cold War, and learn how Bathtub Row got its name.
 
The Los Alamos Historical Museum offers guided tours at 11 a.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October. Tours are $10 per person for those 18 and over, $5 for children 13-17 (free with high school or mid-school ID), and free for children 12 and under with a ticketed adult. 
 
The Historical Museum is in need of volunteers to serve as tour guides as well as docents in the museum and docents at the homestead-era Romero Cabin. Museum docents work one to four shifts a month; shifts are four hours. Tasks include greeting and orienting visitors, answering questions about Los Alamos history and the community, and making sales in the Museum Shop. Romero Cabin docents share about the community’s 
homestead history with visitors.
 
Training is offered for all positions. Mid-school and high school students are encouraged to consider volunteering to be walking tour guides and Romero Cabin docents on weekends and during the summer. “Museum volunteer” looks great on a resume or college application. A separate training will be held for students in May outside of school hours.
 
For more information, please call the administrative office of the Los Alamos Historical Society at 505.662.6272 or e-mail info@losalamoshistory.org.
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