The Education Committee’s focus is two-fold:
1: To help the residents of Sierra Madre and the students in our schools learn about the historic places and people of our community and the surrounding areas, we:
• Host school tours of our museums - Lizzie’s Trail Inn and
the Richardson House
• Train museum docents
• Train docents to staff our SMPHS booth we have at various
2: To bring the history of Sierra Madre into our schools, we:
• Offer a “Living history” program in which costumed volunteers come
to your classroom and take on the roles of some of the first people
who settled in Sierra Madre, and tell their stories.
• Bring historic artifacts to help make the history come alive
To arrange a tour of our museums (read about them in our Museums page on this website), or to arrange to have historical characters visit your classroom, please go to the Board page of this site to find the contact information for the Education Chair. We look forward to hearing from you!
Teen Docent Program
Teens interested in local history are invited to join the Sierra Madre Public Library, Teen History Docent program. Volunteers are trained and then guide visitors on 20-minute, family-friendly tours through the past with photos of Sierra Madre’s history using digital storyboards. Tours take place in the Library’s Local History Room and the Richardson House museum.
The program is open to teens, 12 years old through seniors in high school, who are interested in local history, public speaking, and earning community service hours. Training and tours are after school and on Saturdays.
“Through this program, we have been better able to share the City’s rich history with more people, created a wonderful partnership between the Library and the Historical Preservation Society, and expanded the Library teen volunteer program,” said Library Director Carolyn Thomas.
This program was made possible by a grant of $7,500 from the California State Library in 2013 and by additional funding from the State and the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society.
To get an application for the program, go to the library’s website
Sign up today
Teen Docent Application Form Link HERE
or stop by the Library to pick up a form.
Read, Discover, Connect @ Sierra Madre Public Library,
440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024,