High Point Museum Offers Junior Interpreter Training Program

Are you interested in history? Like to dress up? And are you between the ages of 10 and 13? Well, then the High Point Museum has something for you. This summer, the Museum will train young people to serve as Junior Interpreters in the historical park.

The idea is to provide local youth with an opportunity to serve the community through volunteer service while learning about our community’s heritage.

“Our Junior Interpreters are a wonderful addition to our programs,” Sarah DeYoung, Museum Educator, said. “They make our interpretation more interactive by providing more trained people to engage in dialogue and activity with our visitors. The program passes on our local heritage to young members of the community and makes them active participants in the process of preserving and sharing our history with others.”

The Junior Interpreters will receive hands-on training in historical skills such as candle making, weaving, open hearth cooking, quill pen writing and natural dyeing. Activities that would have been performed by both males and females will be included in the course.

The training will consist of some general history lessons about Guilford County in the 1786-1820 time period including the architecture, economy, clothing, politics and Quakers. Participants will learn how to stuff mattresses, play old games, pickle vegetables and identify common household items.

Once training is complete, Junior Interpreters are required to volunteer for at least 20 hours within the year. Their duties will be to assist costumed park staff on weekends with historical demonstrations and guided tours of our historical buildings, including the John Haley House, Hoggatt House, and blacksmith shop.

Up to 20 participants will be selected. To receive an application or ask questions, please contact DeYoung at 883-3023 or [email protected] Applications are due April 17. The ten day training course will be held July 19 – 23 and July 26-30 from 10 am to 4 pm at the High Point Museum.

The High Point Museum collects, preserves and interprets the history of greater High Point to develop, encourage and foster a shared understanding and appreciation of our community through a knowledge of its past.