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  • 24 Apr 2018 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tuesday, May 1, 5:30 pm
    Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium
    Reception at 6:30 pm


    In conjunction with Game Time: The Sports Photography of Walter Iooss, journalist Jemele Hill of ESPN and The Undefeated—a digital publication focused on race, culture, and sports—will join in conversation with Justin McCann, curator of the exhibition. The two will discuss issues that sit at the intersection of sports and society with an emphasis on race and gender and the role of political activism in professional sports and journalism. This conversation will be followed by a light reception in the lobby of Dimond Building.


  • 11 Apr 2018 2:31 PM | Anonymous member

    The Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society is seeking to hire a part time Archival Assistant to work with volunteers in the everyday operations and duties associated with this small museum and archives.  The primary responsibility will be to assist the Head Archivist in the library and archives by assisting the public, attending events to represent the Historical Society, answering phone calls and email, learning the Society’s computer database (Past Perfect), and having an interest in local history.  Please send a resume to the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, PO Box 652, Deer Isle ME 04627, along with references, before April 30, 2018.  To learn more, contact the Society at 207 348-6400.


  • 02 Apr 2018 1:37 PM | Anonymous member

    Camp Tecumseh, Moultonborough, NH seeks a Processing Archivist for its 2018 summer season who is within commuting distance.  This non profit overnight summer camp for boys, founded in 1903 by three University of Pennsylvania Olympic athletes, is located on Lake Winnipesaukee.  See www.camptecumseh.net   The Camp Tecumseh Archives contains paper-based materials dating from 1903 to the present, many digital photographs and oral histories, and some artifacts.

    Possible archival tasks are:
    -- Accession any materials transferred or donated during the summer
    -- Develop selection criteria and processing scheme for large collection of digital and print photographs
    -- Re-house original film negatives; catalog digitized images
    -- Collect and digitize weekly newsletter
    -- Digitize Gilbert & Sullivan programs, marketing brochures if feasible
    -- Obtain bio info about trustees, creators/donors of archival materials
    -- Finish finding aid for Camp facilities records; determine if some may warrant digitization
    -- Provide research services to staff, trustees, and other inquirers including a senior staff member's weekly outreach efforts for campers

    An experienced consulting Archivist will make periodic visits to assist, and be available for consultation at all times.

    Qualifications.
    BA in relevant field; graduate of an MA or MLS program with archives management component and / or equivalent archives experience
    Strong oral and written communication skills
    Familiarity with archival theory and techniques: appraisal, accessioning , arrangement and description
    Familiarity with preservation practices, including digitization for access
    Familiarity with office software applications
    Ability to lift and move 40 lb containers

    During the weeks the Camp is in operation (June 23 - August 12, 2018) meals are available.

    Compensation commensurate with skills and experience.

    Please submit the following electronically to :
    Cynthia G. Swank, C.A., C.R.M.
    cgswank@inlookgroup.com

    – A cover letter expressing interest in the position, and outlining relevant experience
    – A curriculum vitae of education and employment
    – A finding aid and additional writing sample in the form of exhibition text,  presentation, blog post, etc.

  • 29 Mar 2018 9:42 AM | Anonymous member

    The Largest Gift in the Museum’s History

    The Monhegan Museum of Art & History has received a $1 million challenge grant from the Wyeth Foundation. The museum has up to three years to match this significant gift, the largest in the museum’s history. This grant from the Wyeth Foundation will support the museum’s campaign to raise $4 million toward an endowment, with income from the endowment going to support operations and capital improvements to the museum’s buildings. The Wyeth Foundation is funded by the generous support of Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth. 

    “Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth have been extremely generous to the Monhegan Museum for the past three decades,” said Monhegan Museum President Edward L. Deci. “They have encouraged our many efforts to restore the museum’s historic buildings, and they have been very enthusiastic about the exhibitions we have mounted through the years. This generous gift is one of the many ways they have supported the museum, and is intended to encourage other people to join them in ensuring the sustainability of our world-class museum on Monhegan Island.”

    “We are excited to present this gift to the Monhegan Museum to recognize the museum’s 50th anniversary, to honor its commitment to the economic and social well-being of the Monhegan community and the preservation of its history, and to secure the sustainability of the museum into the future,” said Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth. Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth have made this investment in the future of the museum out of their own enduring connection to Monhegan Island. They own a historic house built by Rockwell Kent on the island.

  • 27 Mar 2018 1:15 PM | Anonymous member

    Revitalizing Historic House Museums

    (HIST 0293A) at Tufts University, Summer Session 2018

    Co-Teachers

    Ken Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England.

    Barbara Silberman, former director of programs in history and historic preservation, Pew Charitable Trusts and independent consultant.

    Historic house museums represent the largest group of museums in the United States. This summer, explore the best of historic house museums and find out why every town has one!

    This intensive course addresses the challenges facing historic house museums today. Students will learn about the history of the historic house movement, what makes an historic house sustainable and the value of research. Through case studies, they will investigate new approaches that address community interests and needs, creative ways to repurpose sites, and experimental strategies for engaging visitors.

    The course includes two field trips to the Eustis Estate in Milton and the Kennedy Family Cape House located in Hyannis. The final course project asks students to determine the best and highest uses of this significant property.

    Register at http://ase.tufts.edu/summer.  You do not need to attend Tufts to register. Those wishing to audit the course are welcome.

    First Summer Session, Mon. and Wed., 6 -9:30 PM, May 24-June 30. 

    For more information, contact Ken Turino, 617-240-2523 or Barb Silberman, 978-281-5801.

  • 02 Mar 2018 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Museum Director

    Skowhegan History House

    18 Hours/Week, mid-May to mid-October

    Position Description & Application available at:

    patriciahorine@skowheganhistoryhouse.org

    Applications close:  3/16/18           EOE


  • 19 Feb 2018 3:17 PM | Anonymous member

    Searches are now underway for two new part-time, year-round positions at the Boothbay Railway Village.

    The PT Development Assistant will perform administrative duties and support the organization in the areas of cultivation and stewardship of donors, annual appeal, membership and fundraising events.

    The role of the PT Education Assistant is a professional museum position with responsibility for the Museum’s Artisan Days program including hands-on traditional arts classes, year-round lectures, and school/youth group field trips and programs.

    To apply for either position, review the full job description and send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to staff@railwayvillage.org or mail to P.O. Box 123, Boothbay, ME 04537. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until we fill the position.

  • 15 Feb 2018 10:14 AM | Anonymous member

    The Castine Historical Society annually offers a paid internship opportunity for a graduate student enrolled in a museum studies, public history, archival science or related Master's degree or Ph.D. program. 

    The Castine area, a beautiful and historically significant town on the coast of Maine, saw millennia of use by Native Americans before European contact and changed hands repeatedly from the outset of the colonial period through the War of 1812. The peninsula’s development in the nineteenth and twentieth century represents a microcosm of American commercial and cultural history. 

    The Society occupies two historic buildings on Castine’s town common and is a 501(c)(3) membership organization with a paid staff of three and an activevolunteer Board of Directors. 

    The internship is full time (35 hours per week) for 10 weeks in the summer of 2018 with a stipend of $2,800. This internship is designed to provide a graduate level student with service to the history field while he/she gains experience with professional staff in a local history setting. Program goals, central to the Society’s mission, include guiding history walking tours and assisting with collections management. Another component is research and planning for a major exhibition titled Risky Business: Castine Shipping 1820-1870, an interactive exhibit about Castine-built ships transporting cargo around the world.  In addition, the intern will be included in the regular, day-to- day activities of the Castine Historical Society.

    Applications are due by Tuesday, March 20. To view the full internship description and application instructions, visit http://www.castinehistoricalsociety.org/ or contact Paige Lilly via email at curator@castinehistoricalsociety.org.


  • 13 Feb 2018 9:41 AM | Anonymous member
    Situated on Horn’s Hill and overlooking Monhegan village, with the harbor island Manana in the distance, the home and studio are modest, shingled structures. Kent built the home in 1906 and the studio in 1910, early in his career and long before he became a world-famous painter, printmaker and illustrator. The studio was later occupied by his cousin, painter Alice Kent Stoddard (1883-1976), and ultimately by his friend, painter James Fitzgerald (1899-1971). 

    “Rockwell Kent and James Fitzgerald both sought remote locations as a source for insight and inspiration, choosing to live on an outer island, 12 miles off the Maine coast, where they created some of their finest work,” said Robert Stahl, executive director of The Fitzgerald Legacy, which operates the home and studio of Rockwell Kent through the Monhegan Museum of History and Art. “We view being a part of the National Trust’s HAHS program as an important opportunity to increase the public’s awareness of and accessibility to this site, enabling visitors to experience the interplay between the raw beauty of the island and the creative process of these artists.”

    Read the full press release- https://artistshomes.org/article/historic-artists%E2%80%99-homes-and-studios-program-names-four-new-sites-membership

  • 01 Feb 2018 2:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Planning for the 2018 NHD season has begun! The state contest will take place on April 7, 2018 at the University of Maine. NHD is currently looking for judges to assist in assessing middle and high school student research projects. Anyone involved in the historical field, including librarians, archivists, curators, educators, etc., is welcome to participate. It is a daylong event, but the experience in helping Maine students is very rewarding. An orientation will take place the day of the contest and breakfast
    and lunch will be provided.

    You can sign up to volunteer at www.me.nhd.org - please register by March 16, 2018 . Any questions can be directed to State Coordinator John Taylor (john.m.taylor@maine.edu).

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