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Maidu Museum sets attendance record

In 19 days, 1,682 children explore the museum and historic site trail
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The Maidu Museum and Historic Site achieved a record attendance of local school children in October. In a 19-day period, museum docents led a total of 132 tours, guiding 1,682 children through the museum and on the historic site trail. Diamond Creek Elementary School teacher Kelli Miller has brought her students to the museum for the past five years. “Thank you so much for the opportunity to experience the Maidu culture,” she wrote in a card to museum staff. “The Maidu Museum not only taught my students about the history and culture of the Maidu, it taught them respect and an appreciation for the city they live in.” The museum’s new record would not be possible without the group of trained volunteers. In the last 12 months, volunteers donated more than 5,000 hours of their time. Roseville resident Myron Zents, Nisenan elder Hickey Murray and Roseville Parks Director Ed Mahany were largely responsible for the creation of the historic site. Docent training started in 1993 with Zents, and continues today led by coordinator Heidi Frantz. Earlier this year, the Maidu Museum reopened in a 7,200-square-foot roundhouse, modeled after a traditional American Indian ceremonial gathering building. This museum replaced the temporary one that opened in 2000. ~ Sena Christian ---------- Potential docents attend training two days a week, three hours each day for six weeks. To learn more about becoming a docent or to volunteer in other areas, contact the museum at (916) 774-5934 or visit www.roseville.ca.us/indianmuseum. The next docent training classes begin Jan. 18, 2011.