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Wilton's Weir Farm Seeks Volunteers To Share Artists' Stories

Follow these Weir Farm volunteers to the historic artists' studio at the national historic site.
Follow these Weir Farm volunteers to the historic artists' studio at the national historic site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
A docent interprets the artwork inside the Young Studio at Weir Farm National Historic Site.
A docent interprets the artwork inside the Young Studio at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
A Weir Farm volunteer staffs the Weir studio.
A Weir Farm volunteer staffs the Weir studio. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm National Historic Site was the home to three generations of American artists.
Weir Farm National Historic Site was the home to three generations of American artists. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site

RIDGEFIELD/WILTON, Conn. -- Do you have a passion for art, history, or art history? Are you interested in learning about and sharing the stories of influential American artists? Become a studio docent and introduce visitors from around the world to the creative workspaces of American masters at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Ridgefield and Wilton.

Weir Farm is seeking friendly, reliable volunteers to staff the Weir and Young Studios for the spring and summer.

Studio Docents provide orientation, information and high-quality interpretation to all park visitors through the Volunteers-In-Parks program, and become part of a team of fun and energetic park volunteers.

As a volunteer-in-park at Weir Farm National Historic Site, you will receive training and participate in a variety of enrichment opportunities, including a fun and interactive training session with park staff in April, behind-the-scenes talks, and educational field trips.

The park currently offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that include staffing the Weir and Young Studios, assisting with youth and education programs, preserving natural resources as part of the Garden Gang, and assisting with special events.

If you have an interest in becoming a VIP at Weir Farm National Historic Site, apply now.

For more information about all of Weir Farm National Historic Site’s volunteer opportunities, visit www.nps.gov/wefa/supportyourpark or contact Park Ranger Kristin Lessard at 203-834-1896 Ext. 11.

Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. After Weir, the artistic legacy was continued by his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by New England painters Sperry and Doris Andrews.

Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art.

For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site, visit www.nps.gov/wefa or www.facebook.com/WeirFarmNHS or call 203-834-1896.

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