Volunteer Spotlight: Michaela

Name: Michaela Francis

summer 2014
When did you begin volunteering?

May 2018

What drew you to volunteer at the Hunter House?

I wanted to tap into my love for museums and history in order to keep that spark alive. After being unable to do the graduate program of my dreams I hit an emotional rock bottom, and only recently have I been able to pull myself out of that funk.

What is your favorite item in our collection?

If I have to choose, it’s probably Mrs. Hunter’s teacup collection.

Coffee or Tea?

Depends on my mood!

Favorite period television or movie drama, historic novel, or both.

I don’t have “a” favorite, but there’s a series I’m currently watching that I’m absolutely in looooooooooove with! One of my hobbies is watching (mostly East) Asian movies and dramas. There’s a Chinese historical drama (based on a book) I’m watching called “Legend of Fuyao” about a young woman born from a divine lotus petal who goes on a journey across five kingdoms to collect secret talisman and bring peace to the land.

Do you have a mantra or favorite quote?

Sure don’t! But, I have a collection of memes that I like to use regularly and send to my friends.

Name a hidden talent of yours.

I wouldn’t really call this a talent, but it is hidden in a way since it’s to my advantage to hide it from the general public. I can make this weird “Pterodactyl” noise that most people find amusing.

What has been the highlight of your time as a volunteer with us?

Being able to interpret the actual belongings and living space of the Hunter family.

When not at the museum, you can find me…

Walking around Downtown Norfolk!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Carol

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- Carol!

Name: Carol

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When did you begin volunteering? 

April 2016

 

What drew you to volunteer at the Hunter House?

I had visited Hunter House in the 1990s and when we moved to the neighborhood, I was immediately drawn to the house because of its Victorian architecture and the overall charm of the grounds.

 

What is your favorite item in our collection?

Harriet Ayers’ sampler and the tilting ice water pitcher

 

Coffee or Tea?

Tea, of course!

 

Favorite period television or movie drama, historic novel, or both.

Poldark, anything Jane Austen, Upstairs Downstairs

 

Do you have a mantra or favorite quote?

“We’ll figure it out”

  

Name a hidden talent of yours.

I am a good proofreader

 

What has been the highlight of your time as a volunteer with us?

Getting to know (and love) all of the people who support the museum

 

Fill in the blank: When not at the museum, you can find me at a YMCA yoga class or gardening.

 

Thanks for sharing with us Carol! If you would like to know more about joining our family of volunteers, call us at 623-9814 or shoot us an email at hhvm1894@gmail.com.