Mary Jo Wright

Mary Jo Wright, who has been a docent with the Lompoc Museum since 2009, can remember when the museum building was actually the city’s library.

Name: Mary Jo Wright

Business: Lompoc Museum

Location: 200 South H St.

Phone: 736-3888

Hours: Tuesday through Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

What is your job title? I am a docent.

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Describe your job? I am a volunteer. I greet people when they come into the museum. I take the donations and tell people about the displays. I tell people about the Clarence Ruth Gallery on the museum’s main floor; this gallery includes displays of ethnographic and archaeological artifacts.

How long have you had the job? I have been a docent since March of 2009.

How did you get the job? At our Village Lions meeting, we had the director Lisa Renken come to speak to us and she was saying about how she needed volunteers to work the desk and to do other things here. So I signed up. A good friend of mine also is a docent and I came in one day when she was working, saw what she did and I liked it and so here I am.

What do you like most about doing your job? I love people. I love talking to people. And we have them coming from all over, people from Germany, from France. One day I was sitting here and the cousin that I hadn’t seen in years was coming through. It’s just a fun thing to do. Plus I get to see all the displays.

What do you do in your spare time? I teach a Bible study group. I play golf. I knit. Take care of my daughter’s dog and my two cats.

Is there anything you would like to add? When I grew up in this town, this building was the library. The librarian was very strict. When I came in with my mother there was a children’s section and an adult section and I went with my mother to the adult section. The librarian came over and said, “You don’t belong over here. You belong over there in the children’s section.” Well, I was reading grown up books. So my mother had to get the books for me to read.

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