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Call for Guest Post Submissions

Hi everyone! We hope you are having a wonderful summer!

While this time of year can be busy, we would love to feature more guest posters here on the Tufts Museum Studies Blog! Although the blog is student-centered and student-run, it is not solely for current students. Anyone can submit a blog post! Our goal is to create and support a community of museum professionals while showcasing interesting museum news and engaging in conversation. We will frequently post reviews and questions, and would love to hear your thoughts! We’re always looking for new blog authors and assistant editors, and welcome submissions of any kind. Here are a few ideas for post topics:

  • Exhibition reviews
  • Museum reviews
  • Short essays on upcoming topics
  • Short introductions to new blogs or other online sources of information
  • Event announcements
  • Internship overviews and reports
  • Other topics that interest you. We are open to suggestions!

If you have a suggestion, comment, or want to contribute to the blog, send us an email at the address below. This is your space too!

We are also happy to post relevant job openings that are emailed to us at:[at] Hope to hear from you!

Director, Heritage Preservation [Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN]

DESCRIPTION:  The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for a Director, Heritage Preservation to lead MNHS Heritage Preservation programs and services by administering the state’s program of identification, evaluation, registration and treatment of historic properties, as a component part of the state and federal historic preservation program, encouraging the development of state and local history programs and organizations in Minnesota and overseeing the Society’s grants-in-aid programs to increase the capacity of external partners and support the work of historic preservation and history statewide.


1) manage the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), which administers Minnesota’s state historic preservation program, established under state and federal law.  This includes, but is not limited to, overseeing the federal program areas (Administration; Historic Preservation Planning; Survey and Inventory; National Register; Development, Acquisition, and Covenants; Review and Compliance; Local Government Certification; and Preservation Tax Incentives) and preparing annual applications and end-of-year reports to the National Park Service; 2) oversee the Government Programs & Compliance work unit, providing support and guidance in carrying out the SHPO’s Local Government Certification and Review and Compliance program responsibilities under federal and state law.  (The work unit is managed and supervised by the Manager of the Government Programs & Compliance; 3) oversee the Grants Office work unit, providing support and guidance in administering state and federal grants-in-aid programs to support history and historic preservation projects statewide.  (The work unit is managed and supervised by the Grants Manager.);  4) oversee the Outreach Services work unit, providing support and guidance in building capacity within local history organizations throughout the state.  (The work unit is managed and supervised by the Manager of Outreach Services.);  5) manage department fiscal activity, develop budgets, monitor expenditures, analyze project proposals, and perform cost/benefit analysis; 6) contribute to institutional management by working with the Director & CEO, Senior Directors and Finance staff to establish strategic priorities, policies, programs, budgets, and annual, biennial, and long-range plans.  Represent MNHS as a member of professional organizations and contribute to the advancement of the field of history preservation.


·         Bachelor of Arts degree in history, historic preservation, urban and regional planning, law or related field with specialized courses in historic preservation, plus eight years program experience or equivalent OR an advanced degree plus six years program experience or equivalent.

·         Working knowledge of federal historic preservation programs.

·         General knowledge and experience in the field of grants administration.

·         General knowledge and experience with the administration of nonprofit organizations.

·         Flexibility and versatility in judgment, analysis, and organizational ability to develop, coordinate, and manage a wide variety of projects and procedures.

·         Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to speak effectively to both large and small groups.

·         Demonstrated ability to effectively represent an agency program and to maintain positive, strong long-term working relationships with a wide variety of clientele.

·         Experience and ability in personnel management and supervision.

·         Management experience, and leadership qualities in formulating objectives, setting priorities, and planning.

·         Demonstrated ability to budget and exercise fiscal responsibility.

·         Willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends, as needed.


·         Advanced degree in history, historic preservation, urban and regional planning, law or related field with specialized course in historic preservation, land use development, or environmental protection.

·         Meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in one of the following disciplines:  historical architecture, history or architectural history.

·         Five to seven years recent experience in working with federal Historic Preservation Fund programs.

·         Highly developed interpersonal skills to negotiate, mediate and collaborate with a wide variety of people with a diverse range of knowledge and skills and diverse backgrounds, education and interests.

·         Advanced problem solving abilities with experience in mediation and negotiation.

·         Extensive knowledge of the state and federal laws and regulations relating to historic preservation and the larger environmental review process within which these laws function.

·         Extensive experience in developing and administering complex programs involving grants and tax credits.

·         Knowledge of Minnesota history and/or prehistory.

Job Information
    • St. Paul, Minnesota, 55102, United States
    • 29010825
    • June 14, 2016
    • 6512593181
    • Minnesota Historical Society
    • Directors/Administrators
    • No
    • Full-Time
    • Indefinite
    • BA/BS/Undergraduate
    • 7-10 Years
    • $70,668.00 (Yearly Salary)

Hello From Your New Editor!

Hello fellow museum bloggers!

My name is Christina and I will be starting my second year as a master’s student in Museum Education at Tufts in the fall! You can find out more about me on the About the Blog page, but for now I will just say that I’m extremely excited to be the new editor of the Museum Studies Blog, and I’m hopeful that this coming year will bring many new, interesting, and thought-provoking topics to discuss with all of you. Please feel free to contact me via email at with any questions, ideas for blog posts, or content that you have already written that you would like to be featured on the blog (I’m more than happy to help edit!).

I’m really looking forward to the coming year and to hearing all your wonderful thoughts and ideas, and I hope you will find my posts engaging as well!


Farewell, and an Introduction to Our New Editor

Last weekend, Tufts held commencement ceremonies for a variety of museum studies programs. Students graduated with the Art History Department, the History Department, the Education Department, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. We were two of those graduates: Jess with the Art History department and Colleen with the Education department. As previous graduates know, it’s a bittersweet feeling. Being a student is a unique time that expands your knowledge and your skills. Hopefully we, along with all those who have graduated, are able to harness the curiosity that brought us to Tufts in the first place and channel it to create new and exciting endeavors in museums.

Colleen will be continuing on at her job with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, teaching school programs and creating new children and family programming.

Jess will be continuing her jobs with the Harvard Botany Libraries and the Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE).

We are excited to take our experiences here at the blog and at Tufts into our future ventures. We have enjoyed editing the blog this past year. Hearing your thoughts and ideas through comments and guest posts has been truly rewarding. However, with our graduation comes our departure from the editor-ship.

We are pleased to announce that your new blog editor will be Christina Errico. Christina is entering her second year in the Museum Education program. She has written several posts for the blog already – you can check them out here. While we will be sad to leave the blog, we know it will be in wonderful hands with Christina.


Weekly Jobs Roundup

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting!


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