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Volunteer Opportunities


Docent Cooks

bullet Docent cooks serve as interpreters of the museum's open-hearth kitchen. The Magnolia Mound kitchen is a reproduction of what might have been present in the early 1800s, since the original has long since disappeared. Open-hearth cooking demonstrations are scheduled from October through May.
bullet Docent cooks help to give the visitor a deeper understanding and appreciation of the life on a plantation using old cooking methods

Docent Interpreters

bullet Docents serve as interpreters (tour guides) of the historic house and kitchen when there is no cooking demonstration. A visit to Magnolia Mound includes an interpreter-led tour through six rooms of the circa 1791 Historic House. The furnishings include a blend of French, Anglo-American, and Louisiana antiques that demonstrate the life-ways of the typical French Creole Planter Class.
bullet Docents help to give the visitor a deeper understanding and appreciation of the life on a plantation.

Education Docent

bullet Greet visiting schoolchildren
bullet Lead activities in which the Education Docent will present historical information related to a specific activity
bullet Encourage interaction between yourself and students about the information presented.
bullet Involve students in hands on activities that occurred on nineteenth century plantations.
bullet Facilitate and direct school groups in between programs.
bullet Be a positive influence on students who visit Magnolia Mound.


** All volunteers go through a comprehensive training program at the plantation.

For more information:

Phone: (225) 343-4955