Santa Barbara County Courthouse Docent Council Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Courthouse Docent Council (Courtesy)

By the County Docent Council

On May 1st, Courthouse Docents were honored in a Mural Room ceremony recognizing 50 years of service. Local, state and federal government representatives were on hand to commend the Docent Council for its many contributions to the Courthouse.

Certificates were presented by the offices of Congressman Salud Carbajal, Senator Monique Limon, and Assemblymember Gregg Hart. County Board of Supervisors representatives presented a Resolution honoring Docents and Mayor Randy Rowse gave a commendation from the City.

Honored guests included Peggy Hayes, a centenarian and senior member of the Docent Council, Billie Maunz, one of the charter docents, and family of Marilyn McMahon whose inspiration led to the first 1974 tours.

Mary Folsom, Docent Council President, left, Mayor Randy Rowse, Georgia Gates Derr, Docent Council Vice President (Photo credit is: bikingbreathing)

In addition to leading over 6,000 visitors on tours each year, docents provide educational opportunities for youth groups, operate the lobby information booth, and fund & manage conservation projects including restoration of the many Spanish-style lanterns throughout the building.

The Docent Council’s website offers more information about tours and history as well as how to become a docent.

Peggy Hayes, left, Billie Maunz, family of Marilyn McMahon. (Photo credit is: bikingbreathing)

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