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Volunteer to Lead Tours During ‘Rediscover Eastern Market’

You can volunteer to lead people on a walk through the triumphant recent history of our neighborhood.

Two firemen observe their coworkers as they put out the embers of the three-alarm fire that gutted Eastern Market on April 30, 2007. Photo: Andrew Lightman

On April 30, 2007 Eastern Market suffered from a major early morning fire. Through the efforts the City and the community, the Market survived and was restored and reopened two years later.  Many community members recall the re-opening celebration, which included tours of the Market that were enthusiastically received by the public.

2019 is the 10th anniversary of the re-opening of the restored Eastern Market.  A celebration of the re-opening will be held on June 7, 8 and 9.  On Sunday, June 9th, the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) plans to again provide guided tours of the Market.

Docents are needed to lead the tours.  The tours will walk through and provide comprehensive information about the history, community significance, and architecture of the South Hall, North or Center Hall, Farmers Line and the basement Pottery Studio.

Each tour will accommodate about 8 to 12 people and take about 45 minutes.

The fresh food merchants of Eastern Market banded together, vowing to rebuild after the 2007 fire at Eastern Market. Their efforts paid off in 2009, when the market reopened. Help plan the celebration of this tremendous community moment. Image: Andrew Lightman

EMCAC will provide training sessions that will provide information so the docents can lead the tours and provide interesting and insightful information about the Market.  The training is planned to begin in mid-late May. Specific dates will be established after volunteers indicate preferred dates.

If you would be able to volunteer as a docent, please contact Barry Margeson, the Market Manager (barry.margeson@dc.gov) or Monte Edwards (monte.edwards@verizon.net).

Not only will volunteers provide a valuable contribution to the ‘Rediscover Eastern Market’ Celebration, you will also receive a new appreciation of the Market, its history and significance to the community

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