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Docent of the Month: Mary Summers



mary summersThe docents play such in important role in the education of students and museum visitors on not only the vast permanent collection, but also the rotating exhibitions. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is extremely lucky to have the dedication of Mary Summers lead the docents as President of the Docent Corps. Her knowledge and love of the Museum shine through in all the work that she does at the institution. For all Mary’s hardwork, it seems only fitting that she be highlighted as our first Docent of the Month!

We asked Mary a couple questions about her life and here is what she had to say!

Tell us a little about yourself.

A native of the Midwest, I have been fortunate to travel and live in many different countries and all over the United States with my husband and family.  From an early age I knew I wanted to be a teacher and happily I realized that dream.

Why did you want to be a docent and how long have you been with the Museum?

My interest in the Cummer Docent Corps was a natural extension of the experiences I had when, as a teacher in Clay County, I brought students to the museum for tours.  Since joining the corps 7+ years ago I remain continually inspired by the responses from the students and adults alike as they discover the wonders of Cummer’s art and gardens.

What is your favorite part of this job?  

Simply put: everything.

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t generously donating your time to the Museum?

Favorite after Cummer hours activities include reading, walking, and playing bridge, but best of all–visiting family, especially our granddaughters.


The staff at the Museum can’t thank Mary enough for the time she spends on the campus.  We encourage you to thank Mary for her service too, if you see her around around the Museum.

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