Volunteers and Partners
Volunteers and community partners make the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum possible! Volunteers contribute more than 5,000 service hours each year to the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum. Civic and youth organizations provide valuable in-kind, hands-on or financial assistance to the Schoolhouse.
Soroptimist International of Sacramento, Inc., was among the first community organizations to rally behind the idea of a one-room schoolhouse for Sacramento's historic area. Funding from that group's Blanche Edgar Girot Educational Foundation made construction of the Schoolhouse possible. Over the years, major modifications and repairs have been done thanks to the generosity and dedication of the Soroptimists. During the 20th anniversary celebration of the Schoolhouse in 1997, a memorial rose garden was dedicated in Ms. Girot's name as well as those docents who had passed away. The roses' bright pink, red, yellow, and white blossoms are a reminder of the volunteers' continuing dedication to education.
The Embarcadero Lions Club has taken an active role in the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum since 1976, designing and building playground equipment and the white picket fence that surrounds the school building. Members of the Linos Club are always ready and available when maintenance problems arise or when a special event calls.
Be a schoolmarm or schoolmaster at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum! Persons trained as schoolmarms and schoolmasters act as hostesses/hosts to tourists who visit. They also "play teacher" to school groups visiting the Schoolhouse on field trips. You would make a good schoolmarm or schoolmaster if:
- you enjoy sharing school memories
- you like children
- you believe that "living" history is even better than reading about it
- you believe that field trips are an important part of every child's education
- you have two half-days per month to give
Training is provided, along with assistance with costumes and parking. Docents are invited to participate in annual recognition events. To receive more information, call the Schoolhouse at (916) 483-8818 or E-mail Suzanne Hicklin: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse and You
With construction continually taking place in and around the school yard, there will always be a need for more community involvement. If your organization would be interested in being a part of this important reminderof 19th century school life, please drop in or contact the Schoolhouse at (916) 483-8818 or E-mail email@example.com. Following the 2003 summertime opening of Joe's Crab Shack on the Sacramento River just west of the Schoolhouse, new landscaping and walkways will be designed and installed. Any Boy Scout looking for a challenging Eagle Scout project might find the answer at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum, 1200 Front Street, Sacramento.
Volunteer Profile: Marilyn Demas
Marilyn Demas has been a Schoolhouse docent since 1978. Not only has she greeted visitors and "taught" classes of children in Old Sacramento on field trips, she has developed her researching and writing skills. She ably served as the official Old Sacramento Schoolmarm during the 1980s. While touring the Old City Cemetary, Marilyn discovered the grave of Agnes Jaycoax, a Sacramento teacher who met a tragic death on July 4, 1876. Fascinated by Mrs. Jaycoax's life and career, Marilyn spent many hours researching the details of Agnes's teaching in Sacramento County and her untimely death just after having been named vice principal of Sacramento High School. Marilyn's next project was to research and write about efforts of African-American residents to educate their children in 19th century Sacramento. The result was Ungraded School No. 2 Colored, published in 1999 by the Sacramento County Historical Society. The research continues, and we all look forward to Marilyn's next publication.
Marilyn has continued to volunteer at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum and played a major role in the opening of the Old Sacramento Grammar School in April 2001, to accommodate the overflow of children coming to experience lessons as they were taught in 1854. She makes visitors feel welcome and entertains children with amusing anecdotes of old-fashioned "book learning."
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