Reece Museum hosting volunteer information meetings

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JOHNSON CITY (September 4, 2013) – East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum is hosting a series of volunteer information meetings for individuals interested in helping with many aspects of the museum’s operation. 

The first one will be held tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 5), from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the museum.  Remaining meetings this semester will be held Thursdays, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, at the same time.

“The Friends of the Reece Museum Volunteer Program provides a variety of ways for participants to share their talents and experiences – everything from conducting guided tours, assisting with administrative duties or special events, installing exhibitions, and working with the museum collection to creating promotional materials,” said Theresa Hammons, museum director.  “There are even opportunities to work from home.”

With the recent reopening of the Reece Museum after a $1.5 million capital maintenance project, museum staff have already seen an exponential increase in visitation.  New Saturday hours (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), along with after-business hours on Thursdays (4:30-7 p.m.) are also creating opportunities and needs for volunteers.

“The museum is expanding its programming and outreach to the community,” Hammons said.  “The challenge is to meet that expansion with the help of an active volunteer base.  We see the Volunteer Program as a critical component in the museum’s long-term success.”

Those interested in volunteering at the Reece Museum are encouraged to attend any of the meetings.  For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the museum at (423) 439-4392.  Additional information on the museum is available at and     

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