Volunteers are a vital part of the Kell House Museum,
and keep us operating throughout the year. Our growing
calendar of programs, tours, and special events provide
a wide variety of opportunities for our volunteers. From
the Hosts and Hostesses that greet our visitors and the
Docents that guide our tours to the volunteers that
portray Santa and Mrs. Claus during Santa House, the
volunteers that help at the Kell House give hundreds of
hours of their time to make the Museum enjoyable for our
visitors. Exhibits, Collections, Tours, Fourth of July,
Halloween, Santa House, Candlelight Tours, and Tea
Parties all require your help!
Volunteering at the Kell House is both fun and
rewarding. It brings together people with similar
interests and provides the opportunity to learn and
share the history of our community. At the same time, it
gives the satisfaction of being involved in activities
that are not only fun and enriching, but that also
provide a positive contribution to the community and to
the publicís awareness of our nationís heritage.
Volunteers who act as hosts/hostesses for Kell House
during our normal operating hours and special events
welcome visitors; collect tour fees; sell Kell House and
Heritage Society items; assist docents; answer questions
about the Museumís location, hours, and tours; and serve
as guardians of the Collections. A host/hostess has the
opportunity to share his/her enthusiasm for our area and
its many benefits with visitors from all over the world.
Kell House docents, also called tour guides or
interpreters, are the public face of the Museum. After
an extensive training period, docents share the history
of Wichita Falls and the Kell family with visitors who
tour the Museum. Architecture, furniture, decorative
arts, and life in the early 20th Century are all
incorporated into tours to make the Kell House an
entertaining and educational experience for all age
Each year, the Kell House hosts many special events,
Fourth of July
Garden Tea Party
These programs are all planned, supported, and staffed
by volunteers. For more information about a specific
special event, please contact the Kell House.
As 2009 quickly approaches, we have also begun to plan
for the 100th Birthday of the Kell House. Please let us
know if this is something that interests you!
The Kell House Collections include furnishings,
textiles, art, decorative accessories, china,
photographs and other paper documents, and period
costumes. Collections volunteers assist in the ongoing
research, cataloging, acquisition, and care of these
treasures, providing one of the most varied and useful
learning opportunities offered to our volunteers.
Assignments may include caring for the fine woods or
paintings, polishing silver, researching decorative
arts, or documenting objects, depending on the interests
and skills of the volunteer.
Training for Docents and Hosts/Hostesses is provided on
a regular basis.
For more information about any of our Volunteer
Opportunities, please contact us at (940)723-2712 or
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