For several years, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance has had only a limited number of docents to direct students through the Museum exhibits. This January, the Museum began an expanded 10 week docent training program to increase the number of docents. This allows the museum to give school groups and walk-in visitors a more personal and interactive experience.
Docents studied the permanent exhibit, history, and museum methodology to improve their skills. Eight of the museum’s current docents participated as mentors to 23 incoming trainees. From January through mid-February, trainees attended weekly education sessions. After weeks of intense training, they put their new knowledge to practice by leading supervised tours of small school groups.
On March 17, the DHM/CET will have its first official docent graduation. Docents will receive their graduation certificates and name tags. Then, they will guide a small group of family and friends through the Museum. In April, they will officially be added to the docent roster and commence educating school groups and other visitors.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum is thankful to the docent for their dedication and time to educate students on the Holocaust.