What Has The Heard Guild Meant to Me?

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Well, first of all, how did I become aware of the existence of the Guild?  I heard or read about a “Short Course” on American Indians of the Southwest being offered at the Heard Museum and I, as a native Arizonan, had always felt I really didn’t know much about the people who had lived in “my stomping ground” a whole lot longer than me or my folks.  I wanted some education – and I knew the Heard’s reputation as an important institution.

During those class meetings I met several attendees who were already docents at the Museum who were getting a refresher, and I was curious about what they did at the Museum.  I learned that they had taken an eight-month course of study and then committed to giving about 30 tours a year to visitors at the Museum.  Well, I have always enjoyed passing on knowledge, am a reasonably good public speaker, and I was close to being completely retired from day-to-day work, so I joined the next class that started in October.

What a wonderful experience in that course of studies to get to know some like-minded people from several different backgrounds.  And the experience of giving tours in the most prestigious museum in town to both adults and children has been totally fulfilling and rewarding.

However, along with the guiding experience came an affiliation with a larger group of volunteers because the guides are only one group that make up the Heard Museum Guild.  Volunteers work in the Library, the Gift Shop, and put on several big events as fund-raisers for the Museum.  The larger organization was able to use some of my other talents, like technology expertise, for their benefit.

So, what has the Guild meant to me?  A sense of my life and knowledge still having some value in this world even after retirement from my earlier “work.”

Richard Borgmann