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“The Gift of Gab”

Chief Operator Jean Leboucher demonstrating a manual switchboard at The Telephone Museum.
Chief Operator Jean Leboucher demonstrating a manual switchboard at The Telephone Museum.
Posted June 08, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.

Are you a people person? Are you interested in the history of your community? Are you amazed and sometimes baffled by technology? Do you search gift shops for unusual items? If so, you should attend the second Volunteer Day of the season on Saturday, June 21 beginning at 10am at The Telephone Museum in Ellsworth.

“The Gift of Gab” will put emphasis on greeting visitors to the museum, helping out in the gift shop, drawing people out about their telephone experiences, and getting an overall view of the museum tour and collections. And, if you ever wondered what a switchboard operator did – or if you were once an operator, you will be especially welcomed! The history of the telephone network is huge, and everyone can relate to some part of it. Give it a try!

Volunteer Day on June 21 will begin with an orientation session in the new Visitor Center at 10am. Bring a brown bag lunch and continue until 4pm, or return on another Saturday for a real-time experience.

There are enormous possibilities for volunteers at The Telephone Museum. This year each 3rd Saturday from May to September, and October 11 are Volunteer Days. If you can’t make a Saturday session, search the museum website for a volunteer opportunity that matches your interests, and contact the museum for an appointment.

“The Gift of Gab” will be presented at The Telephone Museum, 166 Winkumpaugh Road, north Ellsworth. Hours are 10am to 4pm. For more information and directions visit www.thetelephonemuseum.org or call 667-9491.

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