By Lynne Jerome

For The Union Democrat

Among the new volunteers at a training session for new docents at the Tuolumne City Museum Feb. 10 will be four descendants of Marie Rozier, one of the museum’s founders.

Training for new docents will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 10. According to museum president Rich Brandau, docent volunteers greet visitors during museum hours, 1 to 4 p.m., on weekends, guide them through exhibits, answer questions about the area’s history, and handle sales from the museum’s store.

During the hour-long training, volunteers will tour the museum exhibits with explanations of how they tie in to the township’s 164-year history, as well as information about the local Me-Wuk, whose presence in the area dates back thousands of years. Procedures for opening and closing the museum building will also be explained.

Docents works for three hours (1 to 4 p.m.) every six to eight weeks, depending on the number of volunteers available. Volunteer coordinator Judy Olson makes up docent schedules six months in advance, taking into account docents’ preferences for days to work as well as vacation or other obligations volunteers may already have on their calendar. Docents also have the option of trading scheduled dates with another volunteer. Volunteers can work alone or in pairs.

Among those attending the training session w`vvill be four women who are descendants of Marie Rozier, a Summerville Elementary school teacher and community leader who, along with businesswoman Patsy McMahon, founded the museum nearly 70 years ago.

Affectionately called “Aunt Rhee,” Rozier is remembered fondly by her niece, Mary Allred, and her great-niece, Mollie McCarthy. And her two great-great nieces, Caitlin Wilbur and Rory McGreen have grown up hearing stories about their great-great-aunt and the family’s history as Gold Rush pioneers in Tuolumne county. The museum archives are full of writings, photos and artifacts donated by Rozier.

Anyone interested in attending the training session or becoming a docent or volunteer is asked to call Brandau at (209) 586-3399 by Feb. 3.

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