The Charles Hosmer - Morse Museum of American Art

Volunteer Programs


Morse Monday and Docent Training Course
Special Exhibition Training
Family Program Training
Additional Volunteer Opportunities


Morse Monday and Docent Training Course

This year’s programs, which are open to all members, explore a variety of topics related to the Museum’s collection, its time period, and art in general. The programs begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Hugh and Jeannette McKean Pavilion, 161 West Canton Avenue (just behind the Museum), and are held the last Monday of the month in October, November, January, February, March, and April.

Monday, October 27

At Home with Louis Comfort Tiffany: The Residential Work of a Master Craftsman. Jeanne Pelletier, Preservation Advisor to the Campaign for the Ayer Mansion, Boston, Massachusetts.

Monday, November 24

History of Stained Glass, Part I. Curator and Collection Manager Jennifer Thalheimer.

Monday, January 26

Louis Comfort Tiffany—A Humble Believer in Color. Director Laurence J. Ruggiero.

Monday, February 23

History of Stained Glass, Part II. Curator and Collection Manager Jennifer Thalheimer.

Monday, March 30

Gustav Stickley and the Craftsman Ideal: Bringing Integrated Design to the American Public. Paul Harris, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Rollins College.

Monday, April 27

“Hell Is Filled with Musical Amateurs” and So Was Every Home!. John Sinclair, D.M.A., Artistic Director and Conductor, Bach Festival Society, Rollins College, with Lynn Peghiny, musician and Bach Festival Society accompanist.

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Special Exhibition Training

Learn about this season’s new installations. All docents and docents-in-training should meet in the McKean Pavilion at 9:45 a.m. on the following dates for training by the museum staff:

Monday, October 20

Revival and Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century Environment. Director Laurence J. Ruggiero.

Monday, February 9

The Bride Elect—Gifts from the 1905 Wedding of Elizabeth Owens Morse and Selections from the Harry C. Sigman Collection of European and American Decorative Art. Director Laurence J. Ruggiero and Curator and Collection Manager Jennifer Thalheimer.

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Family Program Training

In the summer, the Morse organizes free programs for elementary-school-age children and their parents and guardians. These popular programs fill up quickly and regularly have waiting lists for participants. Docents who are confirmed to help with the Museum’s family programs should plan to attend training at 9:45 a.m., Monday, June 15, in the McKean Pavilion.

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Additional Volunteer Opportunities

The following are particularly big events during our calendar year. To find out more, call the Education Department at (407) 645-5311, extension 111.

36th Annual Christmas in the Park
Docents are needed to help explain the windows displayed, and other volunteers are needed as hosts at the reception at the Pavilion preceding the event. Christmas in the Park is scheduled for Thursday, December 4, from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Winter Park’s Central Park.

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Museum volunteers work with staff to help children complete an art activity at our tent in the Children’s Workshop Village at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. During the three-day festival, the Morse will have its workshop open on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21.

Family Programs
Docents provide family tours during our popular Friday night and summer family programs. Dates for the Friday night tours are December 12 and April 10. Summer family tours are Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, 14, 21,and 28. Summer family films are Fridays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31

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  • Window, c. 1892
  • Living room, Laurelton Hall
    Exhibited: World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893
    Maiden feeding flamingoes in the court of a Roman house
  • Leaded glass
  • Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company
  • Signed, lower right: Tiffany Glass & Dec. Co. 333–341 Fourth Ave N.Y.
  • (U-072)