De Hirsh Margules, Mother Ann Lighthouse, Eastern Point, Gloucester, 1946. Gouache on paper. Gift of Jean M. Horblit, 2002. [Acc. #2002.004.002]
Dawn Dexter was surprised to learn that an outdoor lunch meant for a new class of docents, museum volunteers and existing docents at the James Center at Cape Ann Museum Green on Friday was really meant as a way to honor her for founding the docent program in 2008.
Docents act as volunteer guides in the museum. Since Dexter helped inaugurate the first class of docents 15 years ago, they have provided more than 3,500 tours and engaged more than 21,000 people on what makes Cape Ann unique and inspiring, said the museum’s director, Oliver Barker.
The lunch also marked the addition of the 2023 class of 30 new docents who had gone through a 10-week training, bringing the number of those actively giving tours to more than 80 people.
Also honoring Dexter and the volunteers was the museum’s Head Librarian and Archivist Trenton Carls and Head of Education and Engagement Miranda Aisling, as well as Mayor Greg Verga who presented a special citation thanking Dexter from his office.