Museum Studies at Tufts University

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Month: November 2011 (page 3 of 5)

Museums in the News

Welcome to our weekly museums in the news roundup!

NYC museum celebrates navy yard’s history

Private museum a reflection of China’s growing prosperity

Boston Tea Party Museum cuts out local sculptors

Brooklyn museum known for stirring controversy will show film of ants crawling on crucifix

The Blue and Gray: North Alabama Civil War museum home to one of the largest privately owned collections

A hinterland beauty: Moshe Safdie and some intelligent curatorial work have produced a rural gem

Exploring Bentonville, Arkansas, Home Of The Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art

Denver’s Coup: An Art Museum Devoted to America’s Forgotten Master

Navy museum receives 111 year old pudding from the Boer War

Bringing the War Home

Weekly Jobs Listing

Welcome to our weekly job roundup. As always, jobs go up immediately on our separate page.

  • Volunteer Positions [Waterworks Museum]The Waterworks Museum, which showcases the engineering, public health, and architectural history involved in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and pumping station, seeks volunteers for a variety of positions. Volunteers are crucial to the success of th…
  • Marketing Coordinator [Mystic Arts Center]Marketing Coordinator, Mystic Arts Center, CT Marketing Coordinator The Mystic Arts Center in Historic Downtown Mystic, CT seeks a part-time Marketing Coordinator to work 20-24 hours a week. Requirements: Experience in advertising, newsletter pro…
  • Assistant Museum Educator [Metropolitan Museum of Art]The Metropolitan Museum of Art*, one of the world’s finest museums, is seeking an Assistant Museum Educator for the high school internship program in the Education Department. The Assistant Museum Educator reports to the Managing Museum Educator, Sc…
  • Docent Program Coordinator [Grand Rapids Art Museum]Position Title: Docent Program Coordinator Full-time Position The Docent Program Coordinator is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of GRAM’s docent program.  This position includes planning docent training sessions around key issue…
  • Museum Manager [Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum]Roscrucian Egyptian Museum Manager *Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum Manager* Department: Museum Position Summary Manages the day to day operations of the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium. *Description* Manages the day to day…
  • Communications & Programs Manager [Merchant’s House Museum]Merchant¹s House Museum, NYC  Communications & Programs Manager Merchant¹s House Museum Communications & Programs Manager Duties and Responsibilities. The Communications & Programs Manager works with the Executive Director, st…
  • Part-Time Science Educator [Brooklyn Children’s Museum]P-T Science Educator Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Immediate, temp position) Position/BCM Title:  Science Educator (Part Time Temporary) Department:   Education Supervisor:    School Programs Manager Requirements: BA degree in science …
  • Arts Reach Coordinator [Museum of Arts and Design]Arts Reach Coordinator, Museum of Arts and Desgn Museum of Arts and Design New York, NY Education Department Arts Reach Coordinator Position Part time Arts Reach Program provides arts instruction for suspended students in alternative learnin…
  • Education Coordinator [Walters Art Museum]Education Coordinator, Walters Art Museum Education Coordinator, School Programs The Walters Art Museum seeks a professional individual to provide support in its School Programs Department. The incumbent will have responsibility for scheduling …

House of Mirth – House of Codman from Historic New England

I finally fulfilled my goal of visiting Historic New England’s Codman Estate by attending the intriguing “House of Mirth – House of Codman” program on October 16. The program featured two illustrated lectures and an abridged house tour. Originally built around 1740, five generations of the Codman family inhabited this home and referred to it as “The Grange.” This particular program focussed on Ogden Codman, Jr., an architect and interior designer, and his siblings. Ogden Jr. befriended Edith Wharton in Newport, RI and contributed to the design of both her Newport and New York homes. Together, they wrote The Decoration of Houses, in 1897.

The first lecture familiarized the group with the plot of Wharton’s House of Mirth before going on to describe three major themes linking the novel with the Codman family and The Grange. Following was a brief lecture to acquaint the group with the history and members of the Codman family. Through the lens of high society in the Gilded Age, we were then able to explore the house and learn more about the pursuits of Ogden Jr’s generation. This property was left to Historic New England upon the death of Ogden Jr’s youngest sister, Dorothy, in 1968. Dorothy kept the rooms and their contents as her family members had left them, only adding to them when she sold her Boston townhouse. As a result, the collection is amazingly intact and illustrative of life as a Codman. For me, the highlights were the extensive collection of family portraits and the watercolors by Alice Codman, Ogden Jr’s other sister. Unfortunately, the Codman Estate is already closed for the season, but I urge you to visit next spring for a full tour or one of their wonderful programs.


Margaret Aiken, Program Developer, Lifelong Learning at the Science Museum of Minnesota and M.A. Museum Education (G’10), invites museum studies students to get involved in Experimonth, a month-long blogging experiment that brings an artist, a scientist, and citizens together to use data and observation to make meaning. Experimonth is a program that was created at the Museum of Life & Science in Durham, NC. Margaret writes, “We are partnering with them to do Experimonth: Identity on our museum’s blogging platform called Science Buzz. The Museum of Life & Science is running a concurrent program called Experimonth: Race on Facebook. Both museums chose these themes to coincide with exhibits that are on the floor. As part of a grant from IMLS we will be comparing the comments, participation, and interactions on the two platforms, Science Buzz and Facebook. Please have a look at”

Here and There: Ancient Life and Love

Find out about exciting local exhibitions and programs that make a connection with “Here and There.”

Here: First, encounter remnants of everyday life in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius in “A Day in Pompeii,” at the Museum of Science.

There: Next, head up to the peak of Mount Olympus and spend some time among the gods in “Aphrodite and the Gods of Love,” at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Both exhibitions feature fascinating objects on loan from Italy. This is an amazing opportunity to visit them in our own backyard. The exhibitions are open until February 12 and February 20, respectively.

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