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SM Pier Seeking Volunteer Docents


Santa Monica, CA – Imagine how cool it would be walk along the historic Santa Monica Pier with someone who can tell you what happened where, who made it happen and what made the Pier so fascinating in the first place? Wouldn’t it be even cooler to be that “someone” who’s sharing the stories?

The Santa Monica Pier Corporation is currently seeking volunteer docents to guide visitors through the rich history of the century-old Pier. Docents will be trained to share fascinating stories about the apartments above the Merry Go-Round, about celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin and about a certain fishing boat captain who became immortalized as a world-famous cartoon character.

Docents will operate out of the new Pier Shop and will provide information on site as well as take visitors on walking historical tours. Those interested in being docents need not be experts – yet. A thorough training session will be held in late June in order to prepare for a full rollout of the docent program in July.

Docents will be required to work on their feet as well as to walk the length of the Pier two to three times per day. Docent shifts will be late morning/early afternoons on Saturdays and Sundays; expected participation is one-to-two days per month.

Interested volunteer docent candidates should contact Pier Historian Jim Harris at [email protected] or call (310) 458-4939.


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