You are invited to see if you have what it takes to be a Tar Heels Go Walking guide for Historic Wilmington Foundation. Tar Heels is an exciting collaboration between the New Hanover County Schools, Historic Wilmington and five other partners. The Tar Heel's walking tour brings 3rd graders downtown from September through early December for an introduction to the City and its history and institutions. Over the last two years our talented and trained guides toured almost 4800 3rd graders and their teachers and parent volunteers throughout downtown. The Foundation was also recognized last fall for this great program with a Gertrude N. Garraway Award of Merit for excellence in preservation programming from Preservation North Carolina.
New volunteers must be able to participate in 6 hours of training in August and early September and then be able to commit to 2-4 tours over the period of September 6th through mid December. Tours last from 9:00am – 12:30pm. The tour experience is a delight and the time slips by quickly. Guides have no direct supervisory responsibility for the students because they are accompanied by teachers and parent volunteers.
The tour and our collaboration is a wonderful opportunity to introduce young people to the history and preservation of our city (as well as the parent volunteers). We are building a foundation for a new generation of preservationists and stimulating our young people to think about their history and their built environment. Please let me know if you are interesting in serving as a guide and you feel you can commit to the training. The orientation will include 2 or 3 classroom meetings at the Foundation in the early evening (5:30-6:30pm most likely) and a practice tour. You learn the tour script, the history and architecture of the City and methods for engaging/communicating with 3rd graders. The practice tour introduces you to the route and strategies for working with the children. You may also wish to accompany an experienced guide early this fall to further prepare yourself for your first group. Tours start on September 6th.
Please respond to me at your earliest convenience. If you have questions please call or email me and we can talk. If you have friends who might be interested in the program please forward my email. Thank you.
George W. Edwards
Keywords: nvitation toEducate Preservationists, Historic Wilmington Foundation, historic tour, preservation education
Posted: August 2, 2011
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