Training Offered In Word Processing

District residents, age 16 and older, who are interested in clerk typist/word processing training can apply for free training at the Armstrong Skills Training Program.

Training begins July 23 and runs for 24 weeks five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Armstrong Adult Education Center at First and P streets NW.

The program, financed under the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Training Partnership Act, offers stipends for trainees and job referrals to graduates.

For information or to apply, call 673-6908.

Museum Volunteers The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History needs volunteers to help museum visitors and to act as tour docents in exhibit halls, the Discovery Room and the Naturalist Center.

Exhibit hall tour docents guide small groups of visitors through halls that focus on the cultures of Africa, China, Japan, South America and native Americans of North America. Other topics include Earth sciences, ecology, the biology of the animal kingdom, dinosaurs and fossils, anthropology and archaeology.

Anyone willing to learn the necessary background can be a tour docent. A college degree is not required.

Training for tour docents will begin in mid-September and continue through October. Each docent is asked to work half a day per week during the school year. Regular school holidays are observed by the tour program.

Discovery Room docents encourage visitors to explore the exhibit of natural history and antropology specimens that appeal to all the senses. Docents are given on-the-job training and more formalized training throughout the year.

Volunteers in the Naturalist Center, a facility designed for individual study by visitors beyond what the public exhibits permit, assist such visitors and also help sort, identify and catalog collections that have been donated to the center.

The center has a collection of about 28,000 natural history specimens, scientific equipment and a reference library. On-the-job training as well as formal training is provided and volunteers are asked to work one day a week.

Volunteers must be age 16 or older, Anyone interested should call Magda Schremp at 357-3045.

Historical Society The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. was one of 390 history, art and science museums in the United States selected by the Institute of Museum Services to receive a 1990 General Operating Support grant. The institute is an independent federal agency established in 1976 to increase and improve museum services nationwide. The society's grant is $36,711.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., formerly the Columbia Historical Society founded in 1894, collects and preserves the evidence of Washington's less familiar through its extensive research library collections and its late Victorian house museum, the Christian Heurick Mansion.

The society, with 1,800 members, promotes public appreciation of Washington's heritage through a variety of publications, lectures, courses and tours as well as education programs for local schoolchildren.

The society will use its grant to create a new information center, to increase its magazine and museum audience, to enhance its exhibits and to help fund maintenance costs during a renovation of its 31-room headquarters.

Poetry Contest After a haitus of 40 years, the Library of Congress this year will award a national prize for poetry. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced that this October a $10,000 prize for the best book of poetry published by an American during the last two years will be awarded in memory of Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt, of Austin, Tex., a sister of President Johnson's. Bobbitt met her husband, O.P. Bobbitt, when they both worked as college students in the cataloging department of the Library of Congress.

The winner will be selected by a panel of three judges chosen by the librarian. Nominations will be accepted only from publishers and received by the Library of Congress by Sunday. Announcement of the winner will be made in early October.