The Charles Hosmer - Morse Museum of American Art

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Volunteer Programs


Morse Mondays
Special Exhibition Training
Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Morse Mondays

Explore a variety of topics related to the Museum’s collection and its time period at Morse Mondays this year.  The information provided during these sessions is essential for the Museum’s docent corps, but all members are welcome for these informative talks, films, and videos.  Programs are held the last Monday of the month in October, November, February, March, and April, and the last Tuesday in January. 

The programs begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Jeannette G. and Hugh F. McKean Pavilion, 161 West Canton Avenue (just behind the Museum).

Monday, October 29

Film:  The Gilded Age: Gilded is not Golden
Lecture:  Gilded Age Fashion
MacKenzie Moon Ryan, Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History, Rollins College

Monday, November 26

Film:  Continuation of The Gilded Age: Gilded is not Golden
Lecture:  Excess and Deprivation: Americans in the Gilded Age
Claire Strom, Rapetti-Trunzo Chair of History, Department of History, Rollins College

Tuesday, January 29

Lecture:  Tiffany’s Parakeets—A Biography of a Window
Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Monday, February 25

Films:  Truth, Beauty, Power: A Short Film About Christopher Dresser and Dr. Christopher Dresser—Fitness for a Purpose
Lecture:  Christopher Dresser: Designing the Industrial Revolution
Jennifer Perry Thalheimer, Curator and Collection Manager

Monday, March 25

Film:  Smart Secrets of Great Paintings—The Artist’s Studio (1855) by Gustav Courbet
Lecture:  Jean Francois Millet:  Where Have All the Peasants Gone?
Laurence J. Ruggiero, Director

Monday, April 29

Orlando artist Michael Galletta demonstrates pottery techniques.

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Special Exhibition Training

Learn about this season’s new exhibitions and installations. All docents and docent trainees should meet in the McKean Pavilion at 9:45 am on the following dates:

Monday, October 15

Docent training for Earth into Art—The Flowering of American Art Pottery and Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau galleries.

Monday, February 11

Docent training for Iridescence in Glass and Pottery—A Celebration and Charles Hosmer Morse’s Arts and Crafts Study at Osceola Lodge.

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Additional Volunteer Opportunities

The following is a big event during our calendar year. To find out more, call the Programs Department at (407) 645-5311, extension 102.

40th 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 McKean Pavilion preceding the event. Christmas in the Park is scheduled for Thursday, December 6, from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm in Winter Park’s Central Park.

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  • Window, c. 1890
  • Probably Michael Jenkins house, Baltimore, c. 1890–present
  • Leaded glass
  • John La Farge, American, 1835–1910
  • (GL-009-74)