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Introduction to Decorative Arts at Historic New England

Historic New England is opening up their collections storage area and giving a half-day class on decorative arts on October 29, 2011. It sounds terrific, and there’s an affordable special rate for students. If you attend, let us know!

Learn about decorative arts from Historic New England’s experts during an in-depth
workshop. Curators lecture on the history, craftsmanship, and changing methods of
production of furniture, textiles, ceramics, basketry, and wallpaper. Participants have the opportunity to closely examine original pieces from Historic New England’s extensive collection. The course concludes with a tour of the collections storage area.

$65 nonmembers (included Historic New England individual membership)
$35 students
$30 Historic New England members
A boxed lunch is available for $15 per person. Registration required.

Register on their website.

Looking Forward: Preservation in New England in the Twenty-First Century

Very interesting-looking symposium being hosted by Historic New England – let us know if you’re going to register, and we can figure out a carpooling arrangement!

Looking Forward: Preservation in New England in the Twenty-First Century

Saturday, October 1
Roger Williams University
Bristol, Rhode Island

Join a new generation of preservationists as they articulate a vision for what is to be preserved in New England in the twenty-first century. Graduate students from the nation’s top preservation and public history programs explore topics in three different areas: evaluation, assessment, and interpretation; integrity and treatment; and advocacy and activism.

This symposium, the first of its kind, is sponsored by Historic New England in partnership with Roger Williams University. Having recently celebrated its centennial, Historic New England is committed to creating dialogue around the next hundred years of preservation in the region.

Site Manager, Roseland Cottage [Historic New England]

ROSELAND COTTAGE SITE MANAGER

Historic New England seeks a site manager for Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Conn. and
Merwin House in Stockbridge, Mass. Based at Roseland Cottage, the site manager is responsible for the management and marketing of both sites and serves as Historic New England’s liaison to the communities, operating the museums in conjunction with other Historic New England teams and within procedures established by headquarters in Boston. The primary goals of the site manager are to provide the greatest public access to the sites through museum initiatives that conform to site preservation standards and to meet the revenue and attendance targets set by the organization. The Roseland Cottage site manager develops, promotes, implements, and evaluates innovative interpretive and educational public programs; manages the museum tour operation and museum shop; coordinates with development staff to identify and secure local funding; develops and manages site budgets. The Roseland Cottage site manager is also responsible for the supervision of museum guides, landscape staff, and an active volunteer corps. Qualifications: Bachelors degree in a relevant field, preferably in American History, art or cultural history, historic preservation, or museum studies. Two years job-related experience required; four years preferred. Ability to work independently, solve problems, and multi-task. Familiarity with team approach. Requires excellent communication skills, word processing and spread sheet skills. Ability to drive and a valid driver’s license required. Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@HistoricNewEngland.org or mail to Historic New England, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114, Attn: Human Resources. EOE.

Part-Time Guide [Gov. John Langdon House]

Description: Historic New England seeks a seasonal part-time Guide for the Gov. John Langdon House (1784) in Portsmouth, NH. Guides will conduct tours, assist with daily museum operations including tour admissions, museum shop, bookkeeping, and opening and closing the museum. Training is provided.

Qualifications: Applicant should enjoy working with the public, have an interest in history and have basic computer skills. Experience in retail sales and customer service desirable. Requires a high school diploma or equivalent education. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Must be available weekends and have a flexible schedule.

See http://www.historicnewengland.org for more details.

Community Engagement Assistant [Historic New England]

Position: Community Engagement Assistant
Classification: Part Time (approx. 20 hours per week)
Location: Otis House, Beacon Hill – Boston, MA

Description: The Community Engagement Assistant provides administrative and research support to the manager of community engagement and exhibitions to advance the 100 Years, 100 Communities initiative, a multi-year collaborative heritage preservation project. As part of the initiative, Historic New England is partnering with communities small and large throughout New England, to document, collect, and preserve twentieth-century history at risk of being lost. The Community Engagement Assistant identifies internal and external resources for individual projects and partners and works on specifically defined projects that engage new constituencies and institutional partners to maximize impact for the public. Prepares and/or distributes written material on 100 Years, 100 Communities projects for Historic New England magazine and for electronic communication to ensure that all activities are communicated to staff and the public. Updates and maintains related web pages to ensure all information is current. Maintains database and filing systems, including correspondence, manages digital recorders and coordinates oral history transcriptions.

Qualifications: Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in history, museum studies or related field. Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Organizational skills necessary to effectively plan and implement work process to complete work on schedule. Competent computer skills, including use of word processing, Powerpoint, and spreadsheet functions. Attention to detail and performing work with a high level of accuracy are essential. Valid driver’s license required.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with Plone or a similar content management system. Experience in conduction oral history interviews.

Applications: Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@historicnewengland.org, Fax to (617)227-9204 or Mail to Historic New England, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114, Attn: Human Resources.

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