Remember, remember the fifth of November…
…because this year, The Old State House is throwing what sounds like an amazing Guy Fawkes Day party. Says Nathaniel Sheidly, Historian and Director of Public History at the Bostonian Society:
The average pub might offer a pop-culture themed pub trivia quiz and the chance to talk about one’s favorite reality TV show. But at Guy Fawkes Pub Night, the talk will be of Pope’s Day in British North America and the trivia questions will all have a history theme. What certified History nerd could resist? This is an opportunity for students to connect with others who share their interests in an informal setting and to explore (after hours, no less!) one of the most important public buildings in American history.Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think may have an interest. For more information and to purchase tickets, interested parties should click here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/200895. Questions and comments can be referred to me [nat[at]bostonhistory[dot]org] or to our Director of Education, Samantha Nelson (sam[at]bostonhistory[dot]org).
The Bostonian Society seeks an experienced Collections Manager, to be the primary caretaker responsible for the long-term care and strategic planning of its extensive artifact collection.
In cooperation with the Society’s Archivist, the Collections Manager will conduct a collections assessment, and develop recommendations for the future of the collection.
The Collections Manager will also serve on the Society’s Old State House reinterpretation team, working to improve the visitor experience through traditional and new media.
Other responsibilities will include: administering incoming and outgoing loans; cataloging and re-housing objects; managing the collections database and object files; maintaining collections storage, and regulating climate control and pest management in storage and exhibition areas; providing routine maintenance of the Society’s current exhibitions; providing access to the collection for researchers; and responding to other reference requests.
Required qualifications include: a Certificate or Master’s Degree in history, museum studies, or related field, or equivalent experience managing museum collections; customer service skills; history research skills; familiarity with best practices in collections care; knowledge of collections database software; and strong organizational skills also required. Other experience is preferred in: artifact accessioning and deaccessioning; exhibition planning, object preparation, fabrication, and display techniques; supervision of interns; interacting with donors; preparing grant proposals; and public speaking. Physical ability to work in a three-story, historic structure without elevators; must be able to carry artifacts, exhibit cases, and fabrication supplies up and down stairs.
To apply: Please send Resume or CV and cover letter to:
Director of Finance
The Bostonian Society
206 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109
Electronic submissions are preferred.