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OSV now offers tours in Spanish

July 27, 2010
STURBRIDGE — While the goal of Old Sturbridge Village is to present living history of bygone days, there does come a time when even they decide to fall into step with modern times.

In response to an ever-growing Latino and Hispanic population in Worcester County and beyond, OSV is now offering guided tours in Spanish to accommodate visitors not fluent in English.

OSV's Director of Marketing and Communications Ann Lindblad said the decision to offer the bilingual tours came after the demographics of the Village's guests evolved over the last few years.

"We have been seeing more Latino families come to the Village," Lindblad said.

The tours, which will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily through Sunday, Aug. 8 and on a weekly basis thereafter, take about 45 minutes and will be hosted by Spanish-speaking costumed interpreters. Outside of the Village's busy season, visitors are asked to call ahead of time to arrange a Spanish language tour.

"Our mission is to make the museum accessible to every one we can," Lindblad said. "I think the primary beneficiaries here might be multigenerational families where the grandkids speak English well, the parents speak English maybe a little less well, but it's the grandparents who do not speak English."

Deb Friedman, the Village's director of public programs agreed, saying by offering Spanish tours, the Old Sturbridge Village experience will have an impact on all members of a family.

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