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Weekly Jobs Roundup!

Greetings readers! Here is the national jobs roundup for the week of December 3rd:


Facilitator [Tsongas Industrial History Center/ UMass Lowell- Lowell, MA]

Manager of Youth and Family Programs [Greenwich Historical Society- Cos Cob, CT]

Vice President of Experience [EcoTarium- Worcester, MA]

Supervisory Museum Curator [JFK Library and Museum- Boston, MA]

Collections and Exhibition Technician [The Boston Athenaeum- Boston, MA] 

Assistant to the Registrar for Data Entry, Photography, and Rights and Reproduction [Middlebury College Museum of Art- Middlebury, VT]

Director of Development [Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT]

Traveling Science Workshops Teacher [Discovery Museum, Acton, MA]


Mid- Atlantic

Public Programs Manager [New York Transit Museum- NY, NY]

Assistant Manager of Professional Learning [NY Historical Society- NY, NY]

Director of Advancement [Cooper Hewitt- NY, NY]



Director of Education [Chrysler Museum of Art- Norfolk, VA]



Membership Manager [Grand Rapids Art Museum- Grand Rapids, MI]

Assistant Curator [Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL]



Coordinator for School Programs and Teaching Resources [Denver Art Museum- Denver, CO]

Director of Development [Bay Area Discovery Museum- Sausalito, CA]

Manager, Traveling Exhibits [Royal Ontario Museum- Toronto, Canada]

PR/Marketing Manager [Buffalo Bill Center of the West- Cody, WY]

Museum Educator [Western Gallery- Bellingham, WA]


Maasai Community Members Work to Decolonize Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum

The Maasai have been part of a process of cultural decolonization at Oxford’s famous Pitt Rivers Museum. The Living Cultures initiative is a collaboration between the museum, a Maasai community based campaign group called Oltoilo Le Maa, and community development organization InsightShare.  This initiative began when Maasai activist and Director of Oltoilo Le Maa, Samwel Nangiria, visited the museum for a conference last November. Upon walking through the museum he was shocked to see his own culture, objects from the Maasai community, “[They were] poorly described, with a lack of what the object is meant for [and its] cultural significance.” He described his heart beating fast “Because I know our culture is not dead. It’s a living culture.”

After expressing his discomfort with the museums director, Laura Van Broekhoven, he was invited back with four other Maasai leaders from Tanzania and Kenya. The purpose of the visit is to realign stories and descriptions of artifacts, showcase their powerful films and discuss how they use participatory video to bring sharply into focus their current land rights campaign. The Maasai leaders will work with the museum to change the way their living culture is represented beyond the framework of the imperial past.

This is especially important as the delegation has identified five of the sixty objects they have examined as sacred, which “they would not expect to find elsewhere apart from within their community.” One of which is an orkator, a bracelet that symbolizes the death of a father and is a form of inheritance that would be passed down through generations. As the bracelet cannot be sold or even given, it represents the darker side of many imperial ethnological museums. The Maasai believe that bad fortune may have come upon the family from which it was taken.

While this model of “originating-communities” visiting a museum for a week at a time is not sufficient to break down the colonial structures upheld by museums, the Pitt Rivers Museum is taking a step in the right directions by acknowledging the narratives of the people from these living cultures.

Further Reading:

Hey, that’s our stuff: Masaai tribespeople tackle Oxford’s Pitt Rivers museum
Living Cultures: Maasai leaders work with Pitt Rivers Museum to tell their story
Maasai leaders help Oxford University Pitt Rivers Museum better understand their culture

Internship at the Tsongas Industrial History Center


I had the pleasure of undertaking my practicum at The Tsongas Industrial History Center this fall. Now the Center is looking for new interns to join the team. I had a fantastic time at TIHC this fall and would recommend interning here for all students looking for an upcoming practicum opportunity. I was given many opportunities to sit in on organizational and planning meetings as well as got to understand how successful partnerships can work. This is a great opportunity for a self started that would like to see the behind the scenes activities of an educational organization. Below is a description of the Practicum Opportunity.


The Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC) is an education partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Education and Lowell National Historical Park. TIHC is a hands-on center where students learn about the American Industrial Revolution through activities and tours of the sites where history—and science—happened. Students “do history” by weaving, working on an assembly line, role-playing immigrants, voting in a town meeting, or becoming inventors. Students can also “do science” as they use the engineering design process, manipulate simple machines, create canal systems and test water wheels, measure water quality, trace the flow of groundwater pollution, or discover river cleanup techniques.

TIHC interns gain valuable experience working with a team of professional museum educators in a dynamic learning environment. Interns also have the opportunity to work with other Lowell National Historical Park departments, including Interpretation and Cultural Resources.

TIHC intern projects include:

* Assisting with the development and evaluation of hands-on interactives for the Boott Cotton Mills Museum.

* Developing teaching activities/materials (e.g., primary-source-based activities, vocabulary lists, historical fiction/non-fiction supplements, interdisciplinary lesson plans).

* Assisting with the redevelopment of existing school programs to meet new Massachusetts Social Studies Frameworks.

If Interested contact Kristin Gallas at


Weekly Jobs Roundup!

Your Jobs Postings for the Week of November 19th! Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


Program Assistant [Vermont Historical Society- Barre, VT]

Collections Project Manager (temp) [Cuttyhunk Historical Society- Cuttyhunk, MA]

Collections handling and Database Internship [Concord Museum- Concord, MA]

Director [Patton Homestead- Hamilton, MA]

Chief Development Officer [USS Constitution- Boston, MA]

Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawing [Harvard Art Museums- Boston, MA]

Museum Assistant [South Hampton History Museum- South Hampton, NY]


Mid- Atlantic

Arts Non-Profit Management Internship [James Renwick Alliance- Bethesda, MD] 

Educator of Community Engagement [National Building Museum- Washington, DC]

Director of Interpretation and Education [National Trust for Historic Preservation- Washington, DC]


Assistant Collections Manager [University Museum and Historic Houses- Oxford, MS]



Education Programs Coordinator [Edsel and Eleanor Ford House- Grosse Pointe Shores, MI]



Museum Curator of Earth Sciences [San Bernardino County Museum- San Bernardino, CA]

Curatorial Practices Specialist [Anchorage Museum Association- Anchorage, AK]

Director of Education and Interpretation [Fowler Museum at UCLA- Los Angeles, CA]


Missing Picasso Possibly Found 6 Years After Heist

Six years after the art heist of the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, one painting has possibly reappeared in Romania under strange circumstances. The painting, Picasso’s Tête d’Arlequin, was one of seven works by masters including Matisse, Monet, and Gauguin valued at over $23 million. Until the reappearance of this Picasso all works were believed to have been destroyed.

The painting were stolen from the Dutch Museum, which boasted a state of the art security system but no night guards on duty, on October 16th, 2012. The Romania gang responsible for the heist worked fast and by the time authorities  arrived they had made off with the seven paintings. The small-time criminals faced the same problems early art thieves have faced. Thieves have limited options when it comes to attempting to sell stolen works. All the works were described, photographed, and registered internationally.  For this reason, stolen art is often destroyed or lost forever.

That was believed to be the case for these paintings. As police closed in on the gang, the leaders mother reportedly dug up the painting that had been buried in the village graveyard and burnt them on her hearth. Analysis of the ashes from her hearth reveal materials such as canvas, wood, staples, and paints that indicate the remains of at least three or four canvases. All were believed to be lost.

The possible reappearance of the Picasso this weekend have been strange. Dutch authorities report that two Dutch citizens arrived at the Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest with the painting. The two tourists reportedly found the painting under a tree in Southeastern Romania after receiving a tip. However strange the circumstances, if true, we have recovered an important piece of humanity.

Further Reading

6 Years After Museum Heist, Missing Picasso Possibly Found In Romania

Art Thieves Sentenced To 6 Years For Dutch Museum Heist

Picasso, Monet Paintings Among Those Swiped From Dutch Museum

Dutch art heist paintings may have been burned by suspect’s mother

The art of stealing: The tragic fate of the masterpieces stolen from Rotterdam


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