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21 Did You Know HMAs docent program began with the volun- teer efforts of the Junior League of Huntington Back in 1959 not too many years after the Mu- seum opened its doors to the public for the first time then-Director Fred Triplett approached the Junior League of Huntington to develop a docent program at the Huntington Galleries as HMA was then named. JL members who agreed to participate in the project were trained by experts in Georgian silver antique firearms and other areas represented in exhibits at the Galleries. They also spent time experiencing art making via drawing and creating small sculp- tures. These dedicated volunteers originated the Docent Council which predates the Museums Education Department and was responsible for designing scheduling and leading school tours. We are very grateful to the Junior League for their efforts in creating a docent program which has served the Tri-State community for more than 50 years Docents are shown in this photo by The Herald-Dispatch. Pictured Seated from left Dorothy Brown Caroline Stillman Moira McGrath Ruth Thompson. Standing from left Libby Meek Buffington Julienne McNeer Patricia Henry Diane Cowden Hanshaw Fred Triplett. Thanks to Libby Meek Buffington and Julienne McNeer for information used in this article. Photo courtesy of The Herald-Dispatch. Creating A Legacy Over the years HMA has been the recipient of estate gifts that have provided for the Museums endowment collection and special programs. Planned gifts can take many forms including Bequest by Wills or Trust Charitable Gift Annuities Charitable Remainder Trusts Life Insurance Your planned gift to HMA will secure our mission for future generations. For more information about planned giving to the Museum please contact Carol Bailey Director of Development 304-529-2701 Ext. 306 cbaileyhmoa.org