“There’s so much to see! We’re going to come back again!”
“I had no idea there was so much here!”
“This place is awesome. It’s like my grandma’s house!”
Not surprisingly, our docents have a love of history, particularly of the Florence and Siuslaw Valley areas. They agree that being a museum volunteer helps connect them with visitors to the community. They find great pleasure in sharing knowledge of the exhibits, and pioneer life in the Siuslaw area. A chance to converse with visitors, hear what they may be interested in, and to learn where they’re from is among the most enjoyable part of being a docent. A glance at the guest book reveals visitors have come from areas both near (Springfield, Salem, Portland) and far (East Coast, Mid West, Canada, England, France, Puerto Rico, Rhodesia).
Meet Our Docents
Comes from a local pioneer family, whose pictures are displayed within the museum’s collection.
Docent for 8 years. Previously worked for the Oregon Forestry Dept. Member of museum’s Heritage Players.
Docent for 7 years. “The best part of being a docent for me is meeting people from all over the world.”
“I’ve lived in Florence for 16 years. I’ve always loved history and really enjoy meeting all the people who come in.”
Docent for 3 years. “I enjoy being a docent. It gives me a chance to meet people and learn where they’re from.”
Previously from Dexter, I often came to Florence as a visitor. My husband and I have now lived here for 5 years.
Docent for 21 years. Well-known local author. “Most people are truly impressed with the museum”.
Jim enjoys history and has worked in several Oregon museums. He is also a Research Library volunteer.
DIANE VANDERHEY NEAL
Former elementary school music teacher. Enjoys sharing history with museum visits by children.
Worked at a museum in Anchorage, Alaska for 20 years. Discovered her family’s name in our museum’s pioneer books.
Docent for 1 ½ years. Likes history and enjoys working as a museum docent while learning more about Florence.