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Unique Docent Opportunity Available at the DuBois Pioneer Home

Volunteer docents at the Pioneer Home offer a look into Jupiter’s past and serve to broaden the public’s understanding of the unique cultural and historical landmark that sits in DuBois Park. Built atop a Native American shell rock mound by the DuBois family, the home is an excellent example of life in a self-sufficient pioneer homestead. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department operates the Home and takes visitors on a journey back in time through guided tours to better understand and develop an appreciation for the land and its past inhabitants.

Lynn Desy, a volunteer docent at the DuBois Pioneer Home shared, “Most of all, I love volunteering for PBC’s DuBois Pioneer Home because I love meeting a wide variety of people and sometimes learning of their connections with the home. However, I love researching historical facts and learning more continuously as questions and thoughts arise all the time. My biggest reward is becoming particularly good friends with the descendants of this pioneer family and interacting with, and enjoying them, in their current life.”

The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department recognizes volunteer efforts as a valuable resource in working towards its mission in providing opportunities for healthy, happy living through award-winning parks, inclusive experiences and environmental stewardship. Volunteering is a rewarding way to give back and connect with the community and the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteer docents who enjoy interacting with people and who have a passion for art, history and culture.

Join our team by volunteering and become the heart of PBC Parks! Apply to become a volunteer at www.pbcparks.com

DuBois Pioneer Home Virtual Tour: John Alden DuBois

The DuBois Pioneer Home Virtual Tour – Fireside Chat series brings you short stories from relatives and friends of the DuBois family. In this episode, John Alden DuBois, the grandson of Harry and Susan DuBois, shares a little bit about how his grandfather put food on the table for his family.

DuBois Pioneer Home Virtual Tour Fireside Chat: Skip & Geri Gladwin

The DuBois Pioneer Home Virtual Tour – Fireside Chat series brings you short stories from relatives and friends of the DuBois family. In this episode, Skip and Geri Gladwin, siblings who lived in the home as kids, talk about their experience living in the home and area.

DuBois Pioneer Home Virtual Tour: Episode 5

In this six-part series, DuBois Pioneer Home docents present virtual tours about the historic home, located inside DuBois Park and operated by PBC Parks. Each episode briefly covers a different topic; in Episode Five, docent Dorothy Cunningham talks about the layout of the home as it was originally built, as well as how construction has changed the home throughout the years.

DuBois Pioneer Home Virtual Tour: Episode 4

In this six-part series, DuBois Pioneer Home docents present virtual tours about the historic home, located inside DuBois Park and operated by PBC Parks. Each episode briefly covers a different topic; in Episode Four, docent Donna Adair discusses the role of Native Americans – particularly the Seminole tribe – in Pioneer life, as well as the kitchen and how it was set up and used by the DuBois family.

DuBois Pioneer Home Virtual Tour: Episode 1

In this six-part series, DuBois Pioneer Home docents present virtual tours about the historic home, located inside DuBois Park and operated by PBC Parks. Each episode briefly covers a different topic; in Episode One, docent Debbie DeLucco takes us through an overview of the layout of the home, as well as the exterior and some fun facts about the Shell Midden the home sits on.

Historic Marker Unveiled at DuBois Pioneer Home

PBC Parks, together with other County officials and the Florida State Society Daughters of the American Colonists, unveiled a Historic Marker at the DuBois Pioneer Home on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 9:00 A.M.

The Historic Marker, which includes a brief description of the home’s history, was donated by the Florida State Society Daughters of the American Colonists, a hereditary organization that among other goals, works to research, record and publish deeds of American colonists. Promoting stewardship of natural, archaeological and cultural sites is a core service of PBC Parks.

After the unveiling presentation, visitors traveled back in time by participating in free docent-led tours of the DuBois Pioneer Home, one of the oldest surviving historic homes in Palm Beach County. Docent-led tours are typically available Tuesdays, Wednesdays (through December 2019) and Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the home.

Volunteer Spotlight: Dorothy Cunningham

Dorothy Cunningham has been a volunteer docent at the DuBois Pioneer Home for almost one year.

As a docent at the DuBois Pioneer Home, Dorothy gives tours of the home and shares its historical information, including its connection with pioneer history and Indian artifacts. Her willingness to engage with anyone as well as her incredible depth of knowledge is what makes Dorothy stand out as a volunteer.

Her favorite thing about volunteering with our department is that DuBois Park and Jupiter Inlet are her favorite places. She loves showing the house and sharing stories on the history of the park and the DuBois family. For her, it is a wonderful experience sharing and enjoying the parks.

Dorothy’s passion for Jupiter, Florida history has been a well-received compliment to the tours. She has made herself available for all different types of tours and tour dates. She is an exemplary park volunteer. Her willingness to engage with anyone as well as her incredible depth of knowledge is what makes Dorothy stand out as a volunteer.