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New England Museum Association Conference

Who: Museum people! Includes new and experienced professionals, as well as students

What: New England Museum Association annual conference – 3 days of challenging and encouraging conversations

Where: Falmouth, MA – the Cape!

When: October 25-27, 2017

Almost exactly a month from now the New England Museum Association (NEMA) will hold their annual conference. This is a fantastic opportunity for current and emerging museum professionals as well as museum students to participate in current conversations in the field, do some networking, and be a part of the largest gathering of New England museum professionals. While the early bird deadline has passed, there is still plenty of time to sign up – for one day or all three days!

This year’s conference theme is ‘Truth and Trust: Museums in a Polarized Society.’ With sessions such as Leading from all Levels: What You Can Do for Social Justice; Thinking about Science, Creativity, and Informal Learning: Conversations about Public Conflict over Decision-Relevant Science; Finding New Relevance in Legacy Collections; and many more, there are bound to be great and challenging conversations throughout the whole conference! And if that’s not enough, the evenings offer events to continue networking and relax in fun environments – such as a beach BBQ and exclusive visits to fascinating local museums.

To learn more about the conference, see the full schedule of sessions and events, and register, click here. 

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New England Furniture Class

Explore New England furniture at this in-depth series. Historic New
England Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle introduces
furniture made and used in New England from the seventeenth to
the mid-nineteenth century. Learn about regional variations in style,
changing shop practices, consumer patterns, craftsmanship, and
technology. Examine original pieces from Historic New England’s
extensive collection up close. The course concludes with a tour of the
furniture collection and conservation lab.

Wednesdays, 2–4 pm:
October 4: Seventeenth Century and William and Mary Style
October 11: Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles
October 18: Federal and Empire Styles
October 25: Victorian and Arts and Craft Styles
November 1: In-depth tour of furniture storage
Per class: $20, $15 Historic New England members and students
Series pricing: $75, $50 Historic New England members and students

Registration required. In order to attend the in-depth tour of furniture storage, Wednesday, November 1, you must register for the entire series. For more information and to register, call 617-994-5959 or visit HistoricNewEngland.org

Haverhill Facility,151 Essex Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts

Historic New England Field School in Preservation Practice

Historic New England is pleased to announce that its Field School in Preservation Practice will this year focus on “Using Easements to Protect Historic Property” and will take place Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 in Shirley Center and Harvard, Massachusetts.

Through lectures, case studies, and field observations at historic sites in Shirley and Harvard, advocates in historic preservation, museum, and related fields will learn from Historic New England and other experts, including noted restoration educator Robert Adam, how to manage and administer preservation easements for historic public and private property. The program will focus on all aspects of using preservation easements, from identifying character defining features, implementing preservation restriction agreements, and assessing the condition of historic fabric, to ongoing easement monitoring, identifying treatment options, and managing project approvals.

The Field School will include group exercises and will provide graduate students, preservation and museum professionals, and others responsible for historic properties and easement administration an in-depth examination of Historic New England’s long-standing preservation easement program, which protects 106 notable properties across New England.

Register online at https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/?start_date=2017-10-13; space is limited to 20. $200, $150 for Historic New England members, $75 for students with ID. Fee includes lunch on Saturday, snacks and beverages both Friday and Saturday; lodging and travel to practicum sites not included.

For more information, please visit HistoricNewEngland.org or contact Sally Zimmerman, Senior Preservation Services Manager, at 617-994-6644

 

Audience Engagement Coordinator [Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA]

The Museum: From the pre-revolutionary drama of the French & Indian War to the legendary match-ups of the Super Steelers, discover 250 years of Pittsburgh history at the Senator John Heinz History Center. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania with six floors of long-term and changing exhibition space. The History Center’s museum system includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a dynamic museum-within-a-museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in Point State Park; and Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella, Pa. in Washington County. The History Center presents the most compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection, all in an interactive environment perfect for visitors of every age.

The Position: The Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is currently seeking a full time Audience Engagement Coordinator to become part of a dynamic and growing Education Division program. The Audience Engagement Coordinator will report to the Director of Education, working to oversee the Education Division’s interpretive volunteers, including docents and gallery volunteers, and to develop in-gallery learning experiences for the public. These learning experiences should maximize the engagement of both interpretive volunteers and visitors. The Audience Engagement Coordinator develops and implements programmatic opportunities and leads the recruitment of a diverse volunteer corps, scheduling, training, and evaluation of the interpretive volunteers who support these gallery-based programs. Beyond solidifying and strengthening the existing interpretive volunteer program, the Audience Engagement Coordinator will collaborate with the Director of Education, Volunteer Program Coordinator, and Museum Division team to create new roles for interpretive volunteers in the galleries to increase the range of opportunities available. This position also works to establish and maintain positive relationships between the interpretive volunteers, museum staff, and audiences.

Requirements: This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in education, history, museum education, education, or other humanities or liberal arts discipline. The ideal candidate will: have a minimum of one to three years’ experience managing volunteers and developing programs for the public; demonstrated skills in developing and implementing training programs in an informal learning setting, with preference for museum-based experience; effective oral and listening skills and the ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultures, ages, and economic backgrounds; excellent writing skills; must have a positive approach to problem solving, collaborating with others, and in approaching new tasks; excellent project management skills and ability to use Microsoft Office suite of programs.

Application Process: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Minorities are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, including salary requirements and how you learned of this vacancy, and a resume to:

Renee Falbo, Director of Human Resources

Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412-454-6357, hr@heinzhistorycenter.org, www.heinzhistorycenter.org

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