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Teen working as a historical interpreter

4-H Peer Teacher Program at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

February 4, 2019
Teens ages 13-16 can learn to be a historical interpreter at a living history museum! The 4-H Peer Teacher Program is operated in conjunction with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and provides countless opportunities for teens to gain skills in public speaking and interacting with museum visitors from around the globe. These teens gain skills in certain trades demonstrated at any of the five interpretive sites – at Jamestown Settlement: Powhatan Indian Village, The Ships, and James Fort; and at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown: Military Encampment and 1780s Farm - and can enjoy an amazing opportunity to share their love of history.  Applications are available online at and are due by March 22.

Teens from Gloucester, York/Poquoson and James City County are eligible to participate in this program. Interested teens must submit an application to Gloucester 4-H and complete an in-person interview in order to be selected and scheduled at Yorktown or Jamestown. Youth chosen to participate in the program will attend two days of orientation and will then be assigned to train at one of the five interpretive sites listed above (based on their preferences).

Youth will spend five days training alongside a costumed interpreter to master one station within their site.  For example, training could be about tying knots on the ships at Jamestown. Upon completion of the training sessions and successful mastery of the station, youth may be asked to continue volunteering for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as a costumed interpreter. Teens would be expected to volunteer at least eight hours per month during the school year and 16 hours per month during the summer.
For more information, please contact Krista Gustafson, 4-H Agent, Gloucester County, at  (804) 693-2602.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Extension office at 757-890-4940/TDD* during business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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