By Leslie Bouterie
The multimedia tours of President Lincoln’s Cottage are conducted by paid, highly trained tour guides known as historical interpreters. In addition to leading Cottage tours, interpreters also welcome visitors, conduct school programs, and assist in the Museum Shop and with educational and curatorial projects.
The current team of interpreters includes college students, graduate students, working professionals, and retired educators. These dynamic tour guides hail from many areas of the country and have varied educational backgrounds and work experiences. However, they all share a love of history, a love of learning and teaching, and they derive great enjoyment from working with the public.
Once selected for this collegial team, interpreters embark on specialized training for the position which includes: educational sessions with speakers and discussions, site orientation visits, interactive group exercises and individual practical exercises, augmented with readings and assignments.
To accommodate the growing demand for Cottage tours and school programs, President Lincoln’s Cottage is currently augmenting the team of interpreters.
Learn more about the role of a historic interpreter at President Lincoln’s Cottage and submit an application by selecting the following link: http://www.lincolncottage.org/contact/jobs.htm