Here and There: Holiday Fun, Museum-Style

Thanksgiving break is almost here and it’s time to start planning special holiday activities. I’ve done the research for you and narrowed it down to the six most promising events of the season. Please see museum websites for further details.

1. Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18 4-9pm

$14 for adults on Friday and Sunday and $15 on Saturday

Immerse yourself in good old fashioned Christmas cheer with holiday traditions talks, music, readings, crafts, a gingerbread house contest and sleigh  rides if the weather cooperates.

2. A Rich History: A Celebration of Chocolate at the Old South Meeting House Annual Holiday Open House

Friday and Saturday, December 2&3 11am-3pm

Free and open to the public

American Heritage Chocolate team members demonstrate Colonial chocolate making. Learn how chocolate, coffee and tea were served in the colonies.

3. Traditions of the Season at Paul Revere House

Saturday and Sunday, December 3&4 9:30am-4:15pm

$5 for adults, $4.50 for college students

Visit the Paul Revere House and Pierce Hichborn House to learn about celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day the 18th century way. Enjoy music, treats and mulled cider.

4. Annual Holiday Wreath Making Workshop at Plimoth Plantation

Sunday, December 4 1-3pm $55 for adults

Learn about the history of wreath making while making one of your own. Materials and refreshments will be provided.

5. A Holiday Soiree at Hancock-Clarke House (Lexington Historical Society)

Friday, December 9 7:30-9pm

$10 for adult nonmembers

Reserve by calling (781) 862-1703

Explore the roots of holiday traditions while enjoying refreshments and a performance by the Colonial Singers.

6. Winter Solstice in Legend and Song at the Loring-Greenough House

Friday, December 23 8-10pm

This evening event will feature live music and storytelling that illuminates the legends behind holiday traditions.

Ralph Bloom Curatorial Internship [Old Sturbridge Village]

Ralph Bloom Curatorial Internship, 2012

Curatorial Internship
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge , MA
Responsibilities: Old Sturbridge Village seeks a college student or recent graduate interested
in gaining direct hands-on experience with historical collections. The intern will work with the
museum’s curatorial staff in the care and exhibition of artifacts from the museum’s important
collection of 60,000 early American artifacts. Duties will be comparable to the work of the staff,
including, but not limited to: collections records management, inventory and documentation
of collections objects, care and cleaning of artifacts, developing and mounting collections-
based exhibits. Orientation to the museum and specific training to complete the tasks will be
provided. The intern may opt to work additional days as a costumed historian, if so desired
and opportunities exist, to expand the scope and depth of the experience. Requirements: In
return for meeting these requirements, the intern will receive a stipend of $1,500 and shared
lodging (with another summer intern) on the museum campus. The selection process will be
competitive, with preference given to students or recent graduates with previous experience
in museum studies coursework and/or working with historic objects and/or exhibits. Interested
applicants must submit a written application and are interviewed by phone or in person.
Applications are on the College Intern page on Old Sturbridge Village’s website,
Applications due no later than February 17, 2012. The internship is from June 4, 2012 – August
11, 2012. The intern will work three days a week, on a regular schedule established with the
intern’s supervisor. The work day is 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Posted 1/6/12

Curatorial Intern [Old Sturbridge Village]

Decorative Arts Trust Internship at Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village, New England’s largest living history museum, in conjunction with the Decorative Arts Trust, is seeking to employ a full-time, one-year curatorial intern. The intern will work with the museum’s curatorial staff in the study, care and exhibition of artifacts from the museum’s important collection of 60,000 early American objects. Duties will include developing and installing collections-based exhibits and assisting with a survey of components of the collection as part of an overall collections plan. The intern may also help catalog museum objects and manage collections records. Working within a large living history museum, the intern will have the opportunity to participate in collections-based public programs. The intern will work collaboratively with and on the same schedule as the collections staff and report to the Curator of Decorative Arts.

This is a full-time position for one year, starting sometime between June 1 and August 15, 2012,
depending on the availability of the intern. The stipend for the position is $25,000, with 10 paid
holidays, 1 week paid vacation and up to one week paid time for professional development and
conferences. The position otherwise includes no benefits.

This position is open to new museum professionals who have received or will receive a graduate degree in museum studies, American material culture, art history, public history, or history (or related fields) between May 1, 2011 and June 1, 2012. Candidates are required to have training in and direct experience with collections management, including artifact records management, object handling, research and documentation. Knowledge of American decorative arts, especially New England materials dating from 1790 to 1840, is essential. Experience as a museum interpreter and involvement in exhibition development are preferred. Proficiency in standard computer programs such as Word and an understanding of collections- management databases are important.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Ed Hood, Vice President of Museum Program
at Old Sturbridge Village, by email at ehood[at]osv[dot]org. Please put “Decorative Arts Trust Intern
Applicant” into the subject line. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2012.