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Volunteer Corner

Amy EdgettDon Colclough

How long have you been with the Old Jail Museum? About seven years. I do the tours, cash handling, you name it.What do people see on the Old Jail Museum tour?Oh, they see lots of historic items from Truckees past. There are photographs, including the ice industry, lumber industry and railroads. We have artifacts from the Washoe Native Americans, jail records, and lots of interesting stories to tell.When may people tour the jail?The Old Jail Museum is open weekends 11 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. We are part of the downtown walking tours, and have had bus tours chartered from Utah and Arizona visit. Locals often dont come downtown on weekends, so we are open 1 to 3 p.m. as part of the Truckee Tuesdays. Well be doing that plus the weekend hours through the month of September. Our Web site was just redesigned by a member, so visit http://truckeehistory.tripod.com for more information.Who tours the jail?Oh, every kind of group. School groups, womens groups, locals, visitors. Groups may call me at 587-1393 to schedule a tour in advance. Who runs the Old Jail Museum?Its part of the Truckee Donner Historical Society, and if you print that, you better mention and credit the museum curator, Chelsea Walterscheid. And let folks know we are always interested in new volunteers. They may call 582-0893.How long have you lived in the area?If you count part-time, 20 years, full-time, 10 years. We broke ground when I retired in 1996, and have lived here full-time since 1997.Anything to add?Again, if anyone is interested in being a docent, contact Chelsea at the Historical Society. And join us for Truckee Tuesdays, if you havent been here to see the museum before.The Suns Amy Edgett interviewed Colclough for Volunteer Corner. Please send your suggestions for Volunteer Corner to aedgett@sierrasun.com, subject Volunteer Corner. For volunteer opportunities in the North Shore and Truckee communities, visit http://www.handsontahoe.org.