Each month, we would like to highlight some of our docents and bring them to life for each of you. Our docent staff is made up of individuals from far and wide, of varying ages, and diverse backgrounds. We hope you might consider joining our team after learning more about us. Next up- Raven!
Name: Raven Hudson
When did you begin volunteering?
What drew you to volunteer at the Hunter House?
The Hunter House and the Freemason district as a whole drew me in to moving to Norfolk two years ago. I saw the house when I visited for the first time to see my brother, and it stood out to me as the most beautiful house in Downtown Norfolk (in my humble opinion). I knew from the moment that I saw it that had to visit and learn all I could about the Hunter family.
What is your favorite item in our collection?
I love Mrs. Hunter’s room the most. Her vanity, donned with photos of the family and personal items, always makes me remember that real humans lived and thrived in the home. I like the container that would hold her hair, which is odd but endearing in a way.
Coffee or Tea?
Black tea and agave for life!
Favorite period television or movie drama, historic novel, or both.
I’m obsessed with the popular history novel The Devil in the White City that describes the Columbian Exhibition in Chicago of 1893 in conjunction with the murders of H.H. Holmes. I also love the author Ransom Riggs who scours antique shops looking for old photographs and writes stories about the characters he images from them. Much of the images he uses are from the Victorian period. His recent series Ms. Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children was made into a motion picture, but to see the photographs you must dive into the books. I love all things Sherlock Holmes as well.
Do you have a mantra or favorite quote?
My mantra for 2018 has been to constantly appreciate was I have in front of me rather than looking for the things I desire or the future. I want to make everyday full of things that make a happy and spend time doing fulfilling work.
Name a hidden talent of yours.
I’m pretty good at taking objects that you normally throw away and repurposing them. I reuse used tea bags, cardboard, newspaper, and old book pages a lot in my artwork.
What has been the highlight of your time as a volunteer with us?
I am very new so it’s hard to say what my highlight is just yet, but honestly every moment in this lovely home feels like a dream to me. I particularly love just walking through the house and spotting the rainbow patterns reflecting off the floors and walls from the stained-glass windows. I love seeing how happy the tea party goers are when they visit for the first time and decorating for those teas. I also love hearing all the stories about the Hunter family that the seasoned docents remember.
Fill in the blank: When not at the museum, you can find me exploring other historical areas of Hampton Roads, at the library, antiquing, reading, painting, or traveling if possible.
Thanks for sharing with us Raven! If you would like to know more about joining our family of volunteers, call us at 623-9814 or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.