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MaryEtta P.

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Review for Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  


When I moved to Utah it was important to me to be involved in a community organization. I happened to see the notice of the Natural History Museum of Utah about to open and looking for volunteers. I called and signed up for an interview. That was the best thing I could have done.

Because NHMU is associated with the University of Utah our training in the several areas of focus was provided by experts in their fields. For a retired person it was a perfect opportunity to become acquainted with others of like interests in my new community.

That was just the beginning. Throughout the six years of association I’ve benefited by continuing education opportunities as well as opportunities to visit other venues with volunteers and broaden my horizons; even mushrooming in local mountains.

That is just the background.

Every Monday morning I dress in my museum volunteer shirt and spend three hours in the Native Voices gallery interacting with museum guests as they wish to participate playing Native American games. Some times the groups are school children, other times they are families on vacation or homeschoolers. Some times they are retired adults and some times International visitors; games do not require English be spoken. You just do them and people catch on with the invitation, “Do you like to play games?”

One of my favorite experiences was a family of about three children, grade school to preteen. We started playing a game and having fun and the fourth sauntered up obviously skeptical, but became intrigued and joined in when invited. The mother hung back after and shared the fact that this teenage son did not want to be in the museum until the moment when he engaged in playing the game. That made my day. One more person sold on museums. We don’t sell the games in the gift shop. People are encouraged to go home and use what they have available and play the games.

Always I have felt valued at NHMU. Our volunteer supervisor continually demonstrates in word and actions to us that we are valued. The museum strives to look after our best interests as we serve. There are great perks. Not only education opportunities and camaraderie but admission tickets we can offer to others, museum store and cafe discounts as well as the opportunity to give back to a great community.

Role:  Volunteer