Volunteer Spotlight: Claudia R.

One of the best parts of working at Locust Grove is sharing the stories of early Kentucky and the Croghan and Clark families with all the schoolchildren who come through our doors every year. We have many wonderful docents who dedicate their weekday mornings to leading students on tours of the house and outbuildings, talking to them about everything under the sun, from fireplaces to hearth cooking to dyeing. One of these intrepid volunteers is Claudia R., a retired teacher who has been volunteering at Locust Grove since 1994. Read on to learn more about Claudia and what she loves about Locust Grove!

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When she’s not at Locust Grove, Claudia spends her time chasing after her grandchildren!

What is your volunteer position at Locust Grove? 
Docent, mostly for school tours

How did you become a volunteer? 
I started out on the Education Committee and then served on the Board. Gwynne Potts was one of my sorority sisters, and talked me into becoming a docent when I was retiring from teaching and serving at the Kentucky Department of Education. After I was on the Board, I started thinking “I really ought to learn enough to be a docent.”

What is your favorite part of volunteering at Locust Grove? 
I prefer field trips because of my 30-odd years as a teacher. I love meeting people and talking to the people who come in. I like telling the Croghan story and the story of this family and this place–it’s wonderful.
What else would you like people to know about you? 
My biggest hobbies are doing wildflower walks in Cherokee Park and bicycling. I’m a big wildflower enthusiast. I also enjoy traveling by bicycle! It’s an interesting way to see a country.

Those school tours are certainly lucky to have a guide as enthusiastic as Claudia teach them about Locust Grove! For more information on volunteering at Locust Grove, why not go here? And if you’re interested in being featured or nominating someone for the volunteer spotlight, go ahead and fill out this form. And to all of our volunteers–-thank you for helping us share Locust Grove with the world–we couldn’t do it without you!

Very truly yours,

Hannah

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As Cool as a Cucumber: Meet Sarah Hagan!

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve met two of our three summer interns, and today I am delighted to introduce you to the third–Sarah Hagan! Sarah recently graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Theater. While at UofL, she worked in the Theatre Department’s scene shop and is proud of her carpentry experience! She has plans to return to graduate school, but for now is content to join us at Locust Grove!
Hi Sarah! Thanks for all your hard work!

Hi Sarah! Thanks for all your hard work!

What is your project here at Locust Grove?

I am doing the programming/ interpretive internship. I plan on doing my specialized tour on Dr. John Croghan. There are many areas I can touch on with him as the focus. Some are slavery, medicine, entrepreneurship, Locust Grove guest.

What is your favorite thing so far about working at Locust Grove? 
I don’t believe I have one favorite thing at Locust Grove. If I had to say something it would be the people. Everyone I have met so far are all nice intelligent people. I’m very comfortable here.
Do you have a favorite thing, fact, building, etc. yet? 
My favorite find/fact so far is finding the expression, “As cool as a cucumber” in the HLG letters about John. It’s the best!
What (if anything) do you enjoy about working at historic houses, history, etc.
I really enjoy all of the buildings. They all have so much weight to them. I enjoy being in the buildings because they have been standing for over 200 years. Even if we don’t have some of the rooms set up right, the people we talk about were still in that building!
What do you hope to learn? 
From this experience, besides Locust Grove’s story, I hope to learn about myself. I want to learn if this type of work is the work I want to do. Coming into I believe it is. So I hope to learn that is the case!
 Are there any events you’re looking forward to? 
I am looking forward to the hemp festival! I have always been a supporter of hemp as a crop for Kentucky. It has so many uses and Kentucky could always use the revenue! I’m really proud that I’m interning here while this big event is under works!
Thank you, Sarah! We’ll check in with you at the end  of the summer to find out if Dr. John really was “as cool as a cucumber!”
This Saturday is Independence Day, and as is our yearly tradition, Locust Grove will be FREE and open to the public all day long! Bring a picnic lunch, take a tour of the house with our docents and costumed interpreters, hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence and celebrate the holiday in colonial style! Our Summer Thursday event this week is Photography on the Grounds! Join us at 6:30 to take photos on the ground! Admission is free; no reservations necessary. And mark your calendars–the Hemp Festival is August 9! As always, a full calendar of events can be found here. We can’t wait to play with you all summer long!
With warmest summer regards,
Hannah

P.S. To receive updates on all the goings-on at Locust Grove, why not join our e-mailing list? Sign-up HERE to receive monthly updates! Or if you foresee numerous visits to Locust Grove in your future, why not become a member? Friends of Locust Grove receive free admission, invitations to members-only events, a 10% discount in the Museum Store, a copy of our quarterly newsletter, The Grove Gazette and much, much more! More information can be found HERE.

You can also follow Locust Grove on the web by subscribing to the blog on the right, and following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. (We’re everywhere!)