April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and over the next few weeks we will introduce you to some of our dedicated volunteers!
This week, meet Nicholas Rook
How long have you been a volunteer at Fraunces Tavern Museum?
Since August of 2015.
What is your volunteer title here?
What made you want to become a volunteer at Fraunces Tavern Museum?
I was reading the book The Battle For New York by Barnet Schecter and Fraunces Tavern was mentioned. I was so impressed and surprised by how much history took place in downtown New York. I wanted to get involved with the Museum because Fraunces Tavern played such an important role in the history of our country.
Tell us about yourself.
I have a BFA in graphic design from The Rhode Island School of Design. I was an art director in medical publishing and also worked in children's book publishing, before moving to Brazil to teach English for two years. It was upon my return to the States that I got involved at Fraunces Tavern Museum as a Docent. A fun fact about me: I won a tri-state championship many years ago playing the accordion, which I studied for 13 years.
What is your favorite part about being an FTM volunteer?
The visitors are amazing. I enjoy hearing their stories of why they made the pilgrimage to Fraunces Tavern Museum. People from all over the country- and the world- want to see where Washington spoke and where the foundation of our country's government began. They are a constant challenge since the questions they ask are never the same. It keeps me on my toes!
Become a Volunteer
School Program Educator
Fraunces Tavern Museum is always looking to invite talented individuals to assist with our educational programming. Our well trained volunteer School Program Educators ensure the continual success of our educational mission. If you have a passion for history and hope to share that interest with others, you would be a great addition to our team of educators!
Time commitment ranges between 2 to 4 hours, either one or multiple days a week. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least 1 full academic year. The School Program involves inquiry-based learning, and hands-on activities with students from 4th – 7th grade. This is a great opportunity for those interested in enhancing their public speaking skills and gaining experience in working with various populations in an educational setting.
Set-up & Break-down of School Program materials.
Lead 90 minute School Programs for New York City school children.
Fraunces Tavern Museum is looking for volunteer Docents. Whether it’s helping with our guided tours for adults or working with the general public on the weekends, Docents are the face of the museum. Docents will have the opportunity to facilitate a connection between the visitor and the Revolutionary history that took place here at Fraunces Tavern.
Time commitment ranges between 2 to 4 hours, either one or multiple days a week, including weekends. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least 1 full year. Will occasionally lead 60 minute private or public group tours through museum gallery and exhibition spaces.
Guide the visitor experience to ensure a memorable and positive visit; this includes ensuring comfort and safety of visitors while fostering educational growth.
Staff museum exhibition spaces and events as needed to engage visitors in conversation and scripted activities.
Flexibility with scheduling; willing to lead privately booked, 60 minute adult group tours.
Benefits include free admission to the museum and its lectures, exhibition openings, eligibility for a free MetroCard, annual volunteer field trip, and an annual volunteer dinner at Fraunces Tavern. We need volunteers to ensure the success of our educational programming so you would truly be making a difference. Former teaching, public speaking experience, or a focus in History or Museum Studies a plus.
Become a Museum Volunteer if you are:
Enthusiastic, dependable and flexible.
Able to work with a team.
Enjoy interacting with the public and can communicate effectively with individuals, families, and school groups.
Willing to learn new information through hands-on experience and materials provided by the Education & Public Programs Coordinator.
Able to react quickly to solve problems or contact a staff person, as appropriate.
Capable of 2-4 hours of physical activity.
Training involves receiving a Training Manual, shadowing School Programs & Group Tours, and subsequent review meetings.
If interested please contact the Education & Public Programs Coordinator at: