2008-04-24 / News

Volunteer to be a statehouse tour guide

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is offering Jamestown residents with a yen for public service the chance to be a State House tour guide.

"This is an opportunity to see the State House up close as few people have ever seen it. Become a tour guide and make a lasting impression in your community or on your career," Mollis said.

The Secretary of State's office offers the public free guided-tours of the State House year-round. The volunteer tour guides range in age from young people looking for job experience to senior citizens hoping to get involved in a worthwhile endeavor.

Every volunteer is thoroughly trained by the Secretary of State's experienced staff. The tours are popular with youngsters, tourists and day-trippers. More than 10,000 school children are expected to the tour the State House through the end of the academic year in June.

The tour includes stops in the Bell Room, where Rhode Island's replica of the Philadelphia Liberty Bell is displayed; the State Room, where Gilbert Stuart's famous portrait of George Washington hangs; and the Rotunda, where visitors can gaze upward at one of the world's largest unsupported domes.

Built between 1895 and 1904, the State House has 327,000 cubic feet of white Georgia marble and 15 million bricks.

For more information about becoming a tour guide, contact the Secretary of State's office at 222-3983 or www.sec.state.ri.us.

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