The Local History Docents work in the History Room at the Peninsula Center Library, helping patrons access a wide variety of materials related to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and its past. After orientation and initial training, they are encouraged to do personal study from a basic source list, which enables them to be knowledgeable about the collection. They also work individually on projects geared to their interests such as typing oral history transcriptions, indexing materials, creating bibliographies, researching special subjects, encapsulating maps, organizing archives, and extracting obituaries. Docents may choose to work a weekly scheduled 3-hour shift, or to participate in a specific project with a more flexible time schedule.
A related group of volunteers, known as the Oral History Committee, is involved in interviewing long time residents, collecting stories and firsthand accounts of Peninsula life and memory. Another special ongoing project is researching information about the early Japanese families who farmed the Peninsula before their internment in 1942.
If you are interested in Palos Verdes history and would like to share it with others, you are cordially invited to join this group. To become a Local History Docent, fill out a Volunteer Application Form (available at any Circulation or Reference Desk and on the Library’s website) or call the Volunteer Coordinator at 310-377-9584 ext. 276.