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HMI Docent Associates
The Historic Madison Inc. (HMI) relies on its museum docents and volunteers to help with programmic activities and events held on the properties owned by HMI. Docents are volunteers who provide guided tours at four HMI museum properties, which are open April through October, and occasionally at other HMI properties, which are open by appointment. They also assist HMI staff with group tours and at HMI and community- sponsored events and programs, such as Nights before Christmas Tour and Heritage Days. The docents contribute thousands of hours annually to the work of HMI.
HMI museum and other properties open to the public include:
- Jeremiah Sullivan House/ Bake oven and Smokehouse
- Dr. Williams Hutchings’ Office and Hospital
- Schroeder Saddletree Factory
- Francis Costigan House
- Talbot-Hyatt Garden (public garden open from dawn to dusk)
- Shrewsbury-Windle House (by appointment)
- African Methodist Episcopal Church (by appointment)
- St. Michael’s the Archangel (by appointment)
- Windle Auditorium (by appointment)
From April through October, the Docent Board of Directors and HMI staff schedule and sponsor social functions and educational programs for all docents. This fifteen member governing group also plans an end-of-year day trip or retreat.
Volunteers may also help with office duties, site research, cataloging artifacts, creating exhibits, cleaning and organizing, distributing fliers, and with special projects. HMI maintains two guild groups- the Weavers’ Guild (individuals who demonstrate weaving techniques when needed at HMI sponsored events. A loom is located at the Jeremiah Sullivan House), or the Garden Guild (volunteers who like to contribute annually to maintain the Talbott-Hyatt garden as well as the many other garden landscapes HMI stewards).
HMI welcomes interested volunteers of ALL ages to join us. For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 812-265-2967 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A guild of traditional craftspeople involved in preserving the art of early American crafts. The Weavers’ Guild produces woven articles, hand dipped candles and soap. The woven items are produced on a loom in the Sullivan House and are available for purchase at the Sullivan House. The candles are used during the Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes. The Weavers’ Guild is very instrumental in the annual Heritage Days where students participate on site to learn about early American ways of life in historic setting.
The Garden Guild contributes many hours annually to plant and maintain the appearance of the Talbott-Hyatt Garden. The garden contains many early plantings, a reconstructed well, and carriage house. The Garden is open from dawn to dusk year round.