Commemorative Services are held on the 2nd Sunday of June and September of each year. All are welcome.
Volunteer Docents are needed from Victoria Day Weekend to Labour Day.
What is a Docent? A person who is a knowledgeable guide, especially one who conducts visitors through a museum and delivers a commentary on the exhibitions. In our case, a Docent is also one who cares for the property in preparation for guests.
Contact Sarah Harvey at: 403.404.8717, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
My day as a docent at the McDougall Church
By Sarah Harvey
I start the day with a gorgeous drive out on the 1A from Cochrane to Morley. I like to come out early, while the roads are empty and the dew is still fresh on the grass. The first thing I do when I arrive is just stand there, absorbing the sights, sounds and scents of the majestic surroundings. Then I start my morning routine.
First I put out the signs and banner, using caution when out near the highway. Then the flags, checking that they aren't twisted or upside down. Next I open up the buildings and shutters. This is when I grab the duster and quickly dust the table and display cabinet, and other noticeable surfaces so it looks tidy for the guests. I make a trip down to the outhouses and check them for toilet paper and cleanliness. I take out the hand sanitizer and wipes, leaving them somewhere accessible for the guests. Now I am ready for the guests to arrive.
The tourists coming and going occupies most of the time. Some stay for one picture, some stay for hours. I start by asking the guests a few questions, like where are they from and have they been out to the site before. I tell them to ask me if they have any questions and show them around the church, cabin, interpretive plaques and trails leading down to the old building sites. Sometimes the guests are quite knowledgeable, I have learned a great deal just by meeting people who live in the area. Each guest brings something unique to the site. I have had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world, and have made some great friends.
This is a great place to just unwind from the stresses of city life. The view of the Rocky Mountains and the Bow River is amazing. There is plenty of wildlife, such as moose, deer, bears and a large variety of birds; great for bird watching so bring binoculars.
At the end of the day, I start closing up. I bring in the signs, take down the flags and close the shutters. I have a quick look around and lock up. Often I stay late, finding it hard to leave or drive down to Ghost Lake and watch the sun set.