Indiana Landmarks Offers Volunteer Tour Guide Opportunities

Known for saving buildings and showing them off, Indiana Landmarks needs more tour guide volunteers, called docents. The nonprofit organization’s tours have been selling out and running wait lists.

“To accommodate more people, we really need more volunteer guides,” says Gwendolen Nystrom, Indiana Landmarks’ Director of Indianapolis Volunteers and Heritage Experiences.

A free recruitment event on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon will introduce the variety of docent opportunities, from walking and bike tours for adults and downtown tours for school children to city overview tours via motorcoach and single building tours like the popular Coca-Cola pre-restoration tour last summer.

“Indiana Landmarks docents learn about Indianapolis in a deeper way in order to show the city and its landmarks to residents and visitors. Our docents enjoy introducing people to historic places and telling their stories. And many find satisfaction in inspiring a love of history, preservation, and learning in the next generation,” Nystrom notes.

At the recruiting session, guests will hear about the opportunities, training, and benefits Indiana Landmarks provides to docents, and take a tour of Indiana Landmarks Center led by current docents. Refreshments will be served at the event, held in the restored and repurposed nineteenth-century church at 1201 Central Avenue in Indianapolis.

While the recruiting session is free, Indiana Landmarks requests reservations. You may register online at or call 317-822-7950.

WHAT: Docent Recruiting Session

WHERE: Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis

WHEN: Dec. 7, 10 a.m. – noon

COST: Free with online RSVP at or by calling Gwendolen Nystrom, Director, Indianapolis Volunteers and Heritage Experiences, 317-822-7950,


Media contact: Gwendolen Nystrom, Director, Indianapolis Volunteers & Heritage Experiences, 317-822-7950,
Jen Thomas, 317-441-2487,


Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservation. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or visit

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