November 27, 2012

San Xavier Mission Seeks Docents

Training program prepares docents to lead tours through historic mission

As one of the most iconic and popular cultural attractions in Arizona, the San Xavier Mission draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Patronato San Xavier, a nonprofit that oversees the restoration of the historic mission and sponsors tours, is now looking for prospective docents who can lead the free tours many of San Xavier's visitors enjoy.

"We decided it would be a good time to offer a docent tour, primarily because nothing like that had ever been done before on a regular basis out there," says Vern Lamplot, executive director of Patronato San Xavier.

The would-be docents would comprise the organization's second docent training class. The training class offers a comprehensive program that trains docents who want to learn more about the mission and the cultural history of Arizona--everything from the architecture and construction of the church to the culture and history of the surrounding community.

"They don't have to know a lot right away but they have to be interested and apply themselves," says Lamplot.

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