Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Seeking Volunteers for 2020 Docent Program

The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission is seeking volunteers for its 2020 Docent Program. Somerville’s Docent Program operates on a scheduled basis during the months of May through October. Public openings are offered twice a month, on specific weekend days and on Thursday evenings, at three historic sites: the Milk Row Cemetery on Somerville Avenue, Prospect Hill Tower above Union Square, and the Old Powder House in Nathan Tufts Park. The Docent Program was started at the Cemetery in 2012 and expanded to include the two additional historic sites in 2017. All sites are ADA accessible.

Program Details

  • Each event is two hours in duration
  • Docents are required to dress in period-specific clothing (if needed, clothing is provided by SHPC)
  • No prior experience is required; simply bring a commitment to be trained, reliable, and enthusiastic!
  • There are additional options to participate in City celebrations, such as the First Flag raising on January 1, Patriots’ Day in mid-April, and Veterans Memorial parade in November.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, citing any experience, to Brandon Wilson, Executive Director for the City’s Historic Preservation Commission via or to Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143. Additional questions can be directed to Ms. Wilson at 617-625-6600, ext. 2532.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s Director of Human Services, Nancy Bacci, at 617-625-6600 x2250 or