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  • 16 Sep 2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous member

    On September 16 from 11 am to 3 pm, the Westport Island History Committee in collaboration with homeowners, the Community Association, the Town Hall Committee and other island partners will be sponsoring an historic homes tour:  "An Island Home: Six Historic Houses of Westport Island Maine." 

    The houses are all associated with families of the first Westport Island settlers.  Homesteads include characteristic features such as stone-walled pastures, barns and other outbuildings, mills, wharves and related waterfront structures. The homes are representative of 18th  to 19th century Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival styles.

    Tickets will be $20/person -- cash or check only -- and will be available on the day of the tour at the Old Town Hall, 1217 Main Road.  A light lunch will be Included in the admission fee; lunch will be available at the Town Hall for the duration of the event -- 11 am to 3 pm.  The historic Westport Community Church next door will also be open for viewing.  For questions: call the Town Office, 882-8477 ext. 3

  • 25 Aug 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Caring for your Family Treasures

    Do you have any heirlooms that have been passed down in your family from generation to generation? Perhaps you have your grandmother’s wedding dress, or your great-uncle’s scrapbooks, or your mother’s baby pictures. Items like these can be decades old and hold a precious place in your heart and in your home. After they have been passed to you, it is your responsibility to protect them so they can be enjoyed by further generations. Do you know how to care for them?

    Museum L-A is hosting the “Family Heirloom Preservation Workshop” to teach the general public about the ways that they can care for their precious documents, photos, or objects and stop the damage caused by common environmental threats. Emma Sieh, Collections and Exhibits Coordinator for Museum L-A, will be joined by conservation experts from the Northeast Document Conservation Center and the Maine State Museum to provide information and tips on how to maintain and store your own collections.

    “We want people to walk away with a deeper understanding about the precious objects they have,” Emma comments. “Caring for heirlooms does not have to break the bank but you can still find ways to prolong their lifetime so that your children’s children can enjoy them just as much as you do.”

    This event will be held in the Museum L-A gallery on Saturday, August 25th from 10:00 – 3:00. Tickets are $50 per person and include access to the full day of activities, free catalogs and informational booklets, as well as a lunch catered by Fishbones American Grill. When you purchase your tickets, your name will also be entered into a raffle to win a door prize of preservation supplies donated by Gaylord Archival and University Products valued at $100! There are only 40 spots available for this workshop, so please visit Museum L-A’s website at www.museumla.org to register!

    “Over the years, many people have asked us if we could help teach them on how to preserve their family heirlooms”, says Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Executive Director.  “With the caliber of experts our Collection Department has been able to bring together, we feel the workshop will be a great learning experience for all who attend and we know they will leave with lots of guidelines for their own treasures.”

    Museum L-A is located in the Bates Mill Complex at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston, Maine. Its hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. Special tour requests and large group tours outside of these hours are available by appointment.  For more information, please contact info@museumla.org or call 207-333-3881. 



  • 14 Aug 2018 6:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Maine Humanities Council thinks there is wisdom to be gained when 

    Mainers across the state get together to discuss important issues. 

    Throughout 2018 and 2019, we are offering programs and grants to help 

    spark public discussion on journalism’s role in creating an informed 

    citizenry and a vibrant democracy.


    Here are two ways to join the discussion this fall:


    1. GRANTS– 

    We are offering special grants for Maine non-profits wanting to explore 

    how we can stay well informed and the role being informed has in creating 

    a strong democracy. Projects might consider these or other related 

    questions: What do we need to know for a democracy to thrive? How do we 

    determine what to pay attention to when we are exposed to so much media 

    content? How can we identify hidden biases in information we consume? 

    What are some challenges social media platforms bring to traditional news 

    sources?  


    Applications are due October 15, 2018. See our website for an application 

    form and more information. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY. All Maine non-profit 

    organizations are invited to apply, INCLUDING those that have already 

    received an MHC grant this year, or intend to apply for a grant in a 

    different category. Please see our website for more information, or speak with Jerome Bennett 

    or Lizz Sinclair 



    2. PUBLIC PROGRAM- “What’s Going On with the News?"

    This is a panel discussion with journalists from the Bangor Daily News and 

    The Portland Press Herald accompanied a historian of journalism. Together 

    they will reflect on the contemporary challenges of reading and writing 

    about what’s really going on.


    These events are free and open to the public:

    September 19th, 7pm at the South Portland Auditorium 

    September 25th, 7pm at the Bangor Arts Exchange. 


    More information is on our website: mainehumanities.org


  • 06 Aug 2018 9:32 AM | Anonymous member

    The Maine State Museum in Augusta, Maine is advertising to fill a full-time Museum Education Specialist II position in the museum’s education division.  The Maine State Museum is currently open five days a week (Tue-Sat); the position would be required to work some weekend and evening hours. The position is responsible for developing and implementing innovative, engaging, and relevant gallery experiences for a wide range of visitors.  This position assists in training staff and volunteers; assists with the day-to-day operations of the museum public spaces and admission desk; and the development of special events.

     A well-qualified candidate is proficient in interdisciplinary, object-based teaching as well as interpretive writing, curriculum development, and the design of hands-on activities; knowledgeable of current inquiry-based pedagogy and teaching strategies; and has an interest in digital technologies and media for use in online and in-house interpretative projects.  Individuals with a natural science and/or STEM backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

    Salary Range: $36,545.60 - $49,524.80. For additional information about the position, as well as additional representative tasks, knowledge, and skills required, and online application visit the Maine Bureau of Human Resources Career Page at http://www.maine.gov/bhr/state_jobs/direct_jobs.shtml a or Melinda Hansen, HR Generalist, General Gov. Service Center, 74 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0074, (207) 624-7430.  Applications are due by the end of the day on August 24, 2018. 


  • 08 Jun 2018 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Walter Iooss, whose work is on view in the exhibition Game Time: The Sports Photography of Walter Iooss, is an award-winning photographer focusing on sports and beauty. Iooss has worked for Sports Illustrated for more than 50 years, and his work has graced the cover of the magazine more than 300 times in his career.

    Event will take place Friday, June 8 in Given Auditorium, Bixler Art Building (next to Museum), and begin at 3:00pm. Parking is available in the Roberts Parking lot on Colby's Campus.

    FMI: Please visit http://www.colby.edu/museum/events/ or contact Jordia Benjamin at jcbenjam@colby.edu or 207.859.5613.


  • 31 May 2018 8:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yarmouth Historical Society is seeking an energetic Museum Assistant for a 22 hour-a-week entry level position based in Yarmouth, Maine. The Museum Assistant will support all aspects of museum operation at the Yarmouth History Center, including public and school programs, collections and exhibitions, social media marketing, and customer service. The schedule is generally flexible, but Saturdays and occasional evenings are required

    Preferred qualifications: a bachelor’s degree in a related field, experience in customer service, enthusiasm for local history, and a strong willingness to support many facets of small nonprofit and museum operations. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required.

    To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Katherine Worthing, Executive Director, Yarmouth Historical Society, kworthing@yarmouthmehistory.org. We will begin to review applications on Friday, 15 June 2018 and continue to consider candidates until the position is filled. For additional information, please visit http://www.yarmouthmehistory.org

  • 14 May 2018 3:53 PM | Anonymous member

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore, Maine, seeks a Live-In Caretaker for historic 19th century museum and farm. This is a year-round part-time position in exchange for rent-free housing in a 1-bedroom apartment, utilities included. The Caretaker is responsible for daily animal care, weekly cleaning of all buildings, general maintenance, program and event preparations and clean up, and overall site cleanliness and safety. Some restrictions on the use of the buildings/grounds apply. No pets or smoking allowed.

    The ideal candidate has experience working with large farm animals and maintaining or restoring old homes, loves animals, has a strong work ethic, is a self-starter, has a positive attitude, is flexible, and pays attention to detail.  He/She must have the ability to meet the physical demands of the position and perform farm work both indoors and out. This includes lifting a minimum of 50 pounds; standing for long periods of time; walking over uneven ground; and working outdoors in all types of weather. 

    For a detailed job description, visit http://norlands.org/uploads/7/8/8/8/78881400/caretaker_-_job_description_-_2018.pdf.  

    To apply, email a cover letter with resume and contact information for three references to norlands@norlands.org.  

    Questions? Email norlands@norlands.org. No phone calls, please.

    Review of applications will begin May 25 and continue until position is filled.

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is a living museum and working farmstead operating under methods of the 1800s. Our mission is to preserve the heritage and traditions of rural life in Maine's past, to celebrate the achievements of Livermore's Washburn family, and to use living history methods to make values, activities, and issues of the past relevant to present and future generations.

    www.NORLANDS.org


  • 10 May 2018 4:56 PM | Anonymous member

    The Wilson Museum, Castine, Maine is seeking an enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Education Coordinator. This is a full-time, exempt position with main responsibilities for developing, promoting, and implementing the Museum’s education goals and programs. The candidate must have a college degree in an appropriate field; Education, Anthropology, History, or Museum Studies are most strongly desired. The Campus consists of seven buildings, including the Wilson Museum (1921), historic John Perkins House (1763-83), Doudiet House (Administration Office), Village Blacksmith, Woodworking Shop, and small exhibit building. More information on the Museum Campus and its programs can be found on the website at www.wilsonmuseum.org.  A detailed job description is available by contacting Patricia Hutchins, Executive Director: phutchins@wilsonmuseum.org.

  • 24 Apr 2018 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tuesday, May 1, 5:30 pm
    Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium
    Reception at 6:30 pm


    In conjunction with Game Time: The Sports Photography of Walter Iooss, journalist Jemele Hill of ESPN and The Undefeated—a digital publication focused on race, culture, and sports—will join in conversation with Justin McCann, curator of the exhibition. The two will discuss issues that sit at the intersection of sports and society with an emphasis on race and gender and the role of political activism in professional sports and journalism. This conversation will be followed by a light reception in the lobby of Dimond Building.


  • 11 Apr 2018 2:31 PM | Anonymous member

    The Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society is seeking to hire a part time Archival Assistant to work with volunteers in the everyday operations and duties associated with this small museum and archives.  The primary responsibility will be to assist the Head Archivist in the library and archives by assisting the public, attending events to represent the Historical Society, answering phone calls and email, learning the Society’s computer database (Past Perfect), and having an interest in local history.  Please send a resume to the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, PO Box 652, Deer Isle ME 04627, along with references, before April 30, 2018.  To learn more, contact the Society at 207 348-6400.


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