An interest in history and horses is a winning combination.

And that's all that someone needs if they would like to become a docent at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum.

The City of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is looking for volunteers to become docents, said Lisa Hall, Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame programs supervisor.

“We're always in need of docents,” said Hall. “We have about 20 on staff now.”

The opportunity provides a great deal of flexibility for those wishing to become docents, as they're able to participate whenever they want to and when they can, Hall said.

“You can work one hour or 20 hours a month,” said Hall. “It's up to the individual docent. We'll provide the individual training for each docent. They have to make sure they have a passion for history and love horses. There are some folks that don't know anything about horses, but love history and museums. You can develop that passion very easily over there for the horses.”

The volunteers should be comfortable interacting with the public, Hall said.

“You definitely meet all kinds of interesting people,” said Hall. “You never know who's going to walk in. You have to be personable and welcoming, be able to give a visitor a tour of the museum and provide information about exhibits, if that's what they want, and to make sure the building is clean. It's a great place to be. We do work with people's schedules.”

Docents may work as few or as many shifts as desired, and the duration of the shifts are between three and a half and four hours. Some City of Aiken residents may qualify for the senior tax work off program.

For more information, call 803-642-7650, 803 642-7631 or email

Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004. Among the awards Baugh has won include the 2003 Raleigh Burroughs Award as the turf writer making the most impact on the Florida Thoroughbred Industry.