We love our docents! To recognize their invaluable dedication to the museum and their hard work, we hold an annual Docent Awards Luncheon. This year’s award ceremony happened last week, on Monday, Aug. 28.

Stephen McLaren and Steven Miller—recipients of the inaugural Anna Rice Cooke Award.

Stephen McLaren and Steven Miller—recipients of the inaugural Anna Rice Cooke Award.

Awards include the Docent Award and the Blue School Tour Award, and this year we introduced a new award—the Anna Rice Cooke Award, in recognition of exceptional service to the museum and the community in the spirit of museum founder Anna Rice Cooke. And we actually gave out two of them—to Steve McClaren and Dr. Steve Miller. Both men are an integral part of the museum. McClaren is our resident Anna Rice Cooke expert—he knows things staff members don’t even know, and helped organize the 2007 exhibition A Vision of the World: The Anna Rice Cooke Collection, as well as write the accompanying brochure. Miller was instrumental in designing and executing the museum’s successful Enhancing Clinical Skills Through Art program in 2010, and continues to lead its tours.

Docents mark the discontinuation of the Early America tour

Docents mark the discontinuation of the Early America tour

We also bade farewell to our Early America Tour, and said “thank ye” to all the docents who shared this educational experience over the years.

A big mahalo to our docents who enrich the visitor experience at the museum daily!