Conservancy seeks Shotgun House docents; training to start April 2


A new docent training class at the Shotgun House will begin Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at 2520 2nd St., Santa Monica. The presenters will be Laurel Schmidt and Mario Fonda-Bonarsdi, architect.

The Shotgun House offers docents the rare opportunity to actively engage visitors in looking at and talking about the house and its exhibits. Docents create interactive conversations that transport visitors back to Santa Monica in the early 1900s while teaching them about the importance of historic preservation.

Those who are fascinated by colorful stories of Santa Monica’s past, have a passion for preservation and enjoy conversing about architecture, history and other big ideas, this is your opportunity Docent Training
• History of the Shotgun House and its rehabilitation
• Architectural styles in the nearby Third Street Historic District
• Santa Monica history
• Basic preservation concepts
• Creative strategies for engaging visitors.

Docent Schedule

Upon completion of the training, docents will be asked to volunteer twice a month for three-hour shifts. The Preservation Resource Center is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.
Application Process

To apply, complete the online Docent Application. If you have any questions, send a message to or leave a voicemail at 310-496-3146.
Other volunteer opportunities

Being a docent not your cup of tea? Have other ideas about how you would like to contribute to our work? Sign up as a volunteer by filling out this form or send us an email at

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Are you a current member of the Conservancy?

Your annual membership contributions support our work to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of our city. You will receive our informative quarterly newsletter and discounts on tours and events — as well as complimentary admission to our annual Holiday Party.

If you are a current or recent past member, your expiration date should be listed. You can join online as an individual or household member or as a business/corporate member.