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  • 16 Sep 2014 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Applicants:

    2015 Archives Leadership Institute at Luther College

    “Leaders emerge according to their ability to carry out activities 

    that move the profession forward.”  (A*CENSUS, p. 408)

    • Are you looking for a way to recharge your professional life?
    • Do you crave a challenge that will empower you to affect change?
    • Would you like to expand your network of peers while building relationships that will impact you for the rest of your career?

    The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) at Luther College is a dynamic program that provides advanced leadership training and mentorship for 25 innovative archival leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the profession in practice, theory and attitude.  

    The 2015 application is now open!  Applications will close on November 30, 2014 (no extensions). Details about the application process and what characteristics the ideal ALI participant has can be found at www. archivesleadershipinstitute. org

    The Archives Leadership Institute has been funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) since 2008 and was held at the University of Wisconsin Madison until 2012. Luther College has been selected to develop and host ALI for years 2013, 2014, and 2015.

      Learn more about who should apply, the expectations of ALI participants, and how the application process works: 

      If you have any questions, please visit www. archivesleadershipinstitute. org or contact Rachel Vagts at <director@ archivesleadershipinstitute. org>.

    • 13 Sep 2014 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

      The Friends of Evergreen in partnership with the Tate House Museum and the City of Portland Department of Public Services will host a Cemetery Stone Cleaning Workshop at Stroudwater Burying Ground, Westbrook Street, Portland on September 13 from 10:00 AM-2:00PM. Participants will learn how to document gravestones according to standards for historical and conservation purposes, including photography techniques for gravestones. Discussions will cover safety, conservation techniques according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, condition assessment of the gravestone and proper cleaning techniques. All participants should dress for work, including work gloves, for this hands-on workshop.

      The land known as the Stroudwater Burying Ground was purchased by Colonel Thomas Westbrook in 1727. The land was inherited by Westbrook’s partner, Samuel Waldo as Westbrook was indebted to him at the time of his death and then subsequently deeded to the parish by Waldo in 1786.The earliest recorded stone is from 1739. There are many citizens of note buried at the Stroudwater Burying Ground including George and Mary Tate who built the nearby Tate House at 1270 Westbrook Street,  Thaddeus Broad, owner of the Broad Tavern in Stroudwater and Lillian Stevens who was the president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

      This workshop is made possible through a Maine Community Foundation Grant.

      Pre-registration is required and the workshop fee is $10 ….

      For more information and to register:

      Contact Betty Janus at the Tate House Museum

      1267 Westbrook St.

      Portland ME 04102

      207-774-6177 or

    • 05 Sep 2014 12:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
      The Maine State Archives, an agency within the Department of the Secretary of State, is currently seeking candidates for the position of Archivist III, located in Augusta.  This position is responsible for leading the development of digital content and web-based delivery systems and for coordinating with Archives staff and contractors to implement the Archives' information systems; collaborates with information technology groups to manage the organization's electronic records for the Maine State Archives; defines and develops industry standard descriptive data and metadata for archival preservation, document conversion, and digital data persistence; and assists in shaping the Archives' online presence and strategic marketing for the Maine State Archives.

      For further information:  including complete job description, minimum qualifications, pay grade, benefits and how to apply, go to the Archives Job Opportunities website:

      This position is open for recruitment: September 5, 2014  - September 19, 2014

    • 19 Aug 2014 7:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      Northeast Historic Film – Executive Director

      The Board of Directors of Northeast Historic Film (NHF) announces an extraordinary opportunity for a dynamic, visionary and accomplished leader who can share our passion for collecting, preserving and sharing significant archival moving images and who is ready to lead the organization into the future. The new Executive Director will build on a 28-year history that has seen NHF become recognized as the premier archive of New England’s moving image heritage.


      Since incorporating in 1986, Northeast Historic Film has become one of the most renowned moving image archives in North America.  Our holdings constitute a record of twentieth-century culture: on the factory floor and the farm, in the woods and at sea, at home, and on the streets of towns and cities.

      NHF is an independent moving image archives and study center. With the support of many donors, we built a three-story cold storage facility, developed distribution strategies, engaged scholars with an annual symposium now in its fifteenth year, and took responsibility for the history and art of over a thousand families and organizations, opening content to hundreds of thousands of users. 

      In 2013, we received The Silver Light Award, the highest honor of the international Association of Moving Image Archivists. NHF’s collections contain 10 million feet of film and more than 8,000 hours of video, a unique and irreplaceable treasure. We have influenced generations with the compelling record of life in New England in productions such as From Stump to Ship: A 1930 Logging Film and the films of Elizabeth Woodman Wrightundefinedworks that would not survive or be used and appreciated without Northeast Historic Film. 

      Explore NHF’s moving image collections at

      NHF is located in the 1916 Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, Maine. The 125-seat auditorium is a cultural gem for the region with outstanding projection facilities.

      Organizational Overview

      After 28 years as a founder-led organization, this is an important time of transition for NHFundefinedsetting the stage for an exciting future. Like all other moving image archives, NHF faces a radically changed technological landscape that will require creating digital access to holdings, developing new alliances, and connecting with new audiences. Navigating these changes will require a leader ready to lead the shift to new technologies, develop the business model, and seek expanded avenues of support.

      To ready the organization for the next chapter, the NHF Board of Directors launched a Transition Campaign in early 2014 that includes a $350,000 fundraising goal to support the transition. As of early August, over $175,000 in transition funding had been successfully raised from the board, friends, and foundations.

      Meanwhile, with the support of a challenge grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, community members completed a successful campaign, raising $105,000 to fund the digital conversion of the Alamo Theatre’s projection facilities.

      NHF has an operating budget of $524,000 for the current year and a staff of 5.5 FTEs, augmented by interns and volunteers.  NHF has over 250 members and a solid and growing base of support that includes an annual fund of $40,000 (for 2013) and an endowment recently valued at just over $300,000. We have an engaged 10-member Board of Directors with a breadth of experience and national perspective. NHF is a founding member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and a member of New England Archivists.  

      A more complete description of Northeast Historic Film can be found at

      Leadership Priorities

      As NHF approaches our thirtieth anniversary, we are proud of what we have accomplished and are committed to hiring an Executive Director who is ready to lead NHF to the next level.

      The NHF Board of Directors has identified the following priorities for the next Executive Director:

      • Develop financial support by building on existing relationships and expanding the sources of funds.
      • Work with the Board and staff to develop a vision for audiovisual preservation and access in the 21st century. 
      • Deepen understanding of existing and potential audiences. Increase public access to our collections and appreciation for their content.
      • Create a sustainable business model that appropriately monetizes assets. These assets include knowledge, skills, facilities, and collections.
      • Lead a staff capable of implementing a preservation program that serves the longtime security of the collections.
      • Cultivate personal relationships and partnerships with leaders of New England’s educational and cultural community.
      • Develop individual and institutional alliances that result in broader understanding of NHF and commitment to the organization’s sustainability. 
      • Explore the future of the Alamo Theatre in relation to our mission.
      • Position NHF as a clearly-defined brand: we are a unique organization and an essential cultural resource.


      To lead NHF requires a comprehensive set of skills and abilities. As the Board considers candidates, the following have been identified as priorities for the successful candidate:

      • Proven fundraising ability and prior success in building fruitful relationships with donors
      • Energy for articulating the organization’s case to inspire staff, donors and partners
      • Appreciation for the key issues of media preservation and the ability to prioritize appropriately
      • Ability to lead a major analog repository to a new position as an archival resource with digital access
      • Experience developing and nurturing partnerships
      • Enthusiasm for New England and for the preservation of regional culture

      Minimum requirements include the following:

      • BA or BS
      • 5 or more years of relevant management experience
      • Proven fundraising skills and experience
      • Experience with arts, education and cultural engagement
      • Strong communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and persuasively and connect with diverse audiences
      • Highest level of recommendations from references and peers


      Comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary commensurate with experience


      NHF’s archives, cinema, and administrative offices are located at the mouth of Penobscot Bay in Bucksport, Maine, with access to Acadia National Park, waterfront and inland recreation, and vibrant coastal communities. We are 30 minutes from Bangor International Airport and 2 hours from Portland.

      While it is anticipated that the Executive Director will work out of NHF’s Bucksport office, the Board is open to considering options as we look to the future and explore operational models together.

      To Apply

      Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and the names of 3 references (indicating relation to the candidate, phone number, and e-mail address) to Starboard Leadership Consulting at the following

      Paper copies may be sent to: Mary Pettegrow, Starboard Leadership Consulting, 84 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine 04401, but electronic submissions of material are preferred. No phone inquiries, please. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014 .


    • 14 Aug 2014 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      TYPE: Full Time, Experienced


      SALARY: Competitive with benefits and is commensurate with the Abbe’s current salary structure

      The museum educator is a full-time position with some evening and weekend work required. Travel
      is required. The position reports to the Director of Collections & Interpretation and is a salaried
      position, plus benefits. A background check is required.
      Duties will be shared with our current Museum Educator, and include:

      • Develop, schedule, and deliver educational programing to students of all ages, both at the museum and off-site.
      • Develop and deliver supporting material and evaluations for educational programming
      • Develop and deliver teacher training and supporting curriculum material
      • Develop, schedule, and deliver/support public programming, such as lectures, panels,workshops, demonstrations, films, etc.
      • Develop, schedule and deliver tours
      • Participate in the development and creation of interactive exhibit elements, activity guides, etc. for both facilities
      • Assist in the development of educational goals for exhibits, and the implementation of these goals into all exhibits
      • Identify and/or review educational merchandise and books for the museum shop
      • Maintain up-to-date educational resource lists provided via the Abbe Museum’s web site
      • Assist in the marketing of educational and public programs and teacher training
      • Oversee the recruitment, training, and management of museum volunteers
      • Other duties as assigned

      This is a full time position that reports to Director of Collections & Interpretation, and works in
      close cooperation with the other Museum Educator. This position works with all Abbe staff as a
      team member, and as a member of the Education Team and the Exhibit Team. This position works
      with Abbe education volunteers to schedule and host all types of Abbe public and school programs.
      This position will also work with Native contractors to schedule, present, and evaluate public
      programs. This is a highly public position requiring a thorough understanding of the Abbe’s mission
      and strategic plan.

      Every employee participates as a team member.
      Every employee is cognizant of our fundraising needs and is involved in the process.REQUIREMENTS
      • BA in Education, Anthropology, Native American Studies, or some related field
      • Classroom teaching experience desired
      • Evaluation experience desired
      • Experience working with tribal communities highly desired
      • Knowledge of Native American history, culture, and issues
      • Experience working with the public and public speaking
      • Experience working with difficult topics, such as stereotypes and racism
      • Experience working with children & life-long learners
      • Excellent communication skills - verbal and written
      • Excellent organizational skills
      • Ability to lift 25 lbs and move bulky objects
      Interested candidates should email a resume or CV and cover letter in pdf format to or mail to:
      Julia Clark
      Director of Collections & Interpretation
      Abbe Museum
      PO Box 286
      Bar Harbor, ME 04609
      No phone calls, please.

    • 09 Aug 2014 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      The Alliance is excited to announce the third annual, field-wide, “Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week,” August 9-16, 2014.

      "Legislators really don’t know all of the powerful ways museums are serving their communities unless we invite them in to see our programs at work,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell.

      “Whether it’s opening their doors to veterans and active military, or serving the needs of children in unique ways, museums are educational resources and community anchors,” Bell continued. “Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week is a perfect opportunity for legislators to see first-hand how museums bring value to their constituents.”  

      During the August recess, members of Congress will be looking for ways to connect with constituents like you. You can include additional local elected officials, too.

      The Alliance provides all the tools you need. Follow these easy steps:

      Find out who represents you in Congress.

      Send an invitation letter.

      Follow up with the local office until a meeting can be scheduled for the week of August 9, (or offer alternate dates if needed).

      Plan the visit! See the Alliance “How To” guideundefinedincluding what to do before, during and after the visit.  

      What will influence legislators as they tackle budget and policy choices this year?

      “According to recent research, constituent visits have more impact than any other influence group or strategy,” Bell said. “An ‘Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum’ event is a great way to build relationships with your legislators. I urge every museum to participate this year.”

      Will you and your museum participate? Please let us know if you will be getting involved and hosting visits by members of Congress, their staff or other elected officials so we can share your efforts with AAM.  Last year, dozens of visits took place at museums around the country.  Email MAM at, if you’ve set up a meeting, have sent invitations or if you have any questions about participating.

      Please visit to learn more about advocacy for museums. 

    • 06 Aug 2014 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


      For Immediate Release

      Contact: Kathy Goldner, External Relations Director


      Call:207-548-2529 ext. 216

      Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation

      A workshop for teachers & local history enthusiasts sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and Penobscot Marine Museum

      Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7, 2014

      Searsport, Maine

      8:30am -- 3:30pm 

      Searsport, Maine, June 25, 2014 –  This two-day workshop will explore how to use local resourcesundefineddocuments, artifacts, landscapes, and the rich expertise in every townundefinedto examine historical issues with a national focus. We will concentrate on the period just after the Revolution and the concerns and conflicts, hopes and fears, experiences and expectations of the people living in the Penobscot Bay and River area at a time of uncertainty, fragility, and possibility. We will investigate such questions as: What was it like to live in a town that had existed for decades in a country that was new? When the nation was first forming after the Revolution, what were people in our town/region worried about? How much did the geography, economy, culture, and social makeup of our region influence those concerns? How can we find out? What resources/pieces of evidence does our community have that relate to this time period and the people living in it? How can we best present this evidence and allow people of all ages to discover answers to some of these questions? How does our local focus add a crucial dimension to our understanding of a key period in American history?

      Workshop faculty will include local historians, educators and museum/archives professionals. The program will also include visits to early American fortifications and sites of interest.

      The workshop is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches on two days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

      For more information, or to register, please contact the education department at or (617) 646-0557.

    • 05 Aug 2014 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      AAM will host:  Legislative Update: How Museums are Faring 

      Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2–3 p.m. (ET)

      Join Alliance Government Relations & Advocacy staff for a practical walk-through of the latest legislative issues affecting museums, including the state of the federal budget, funding for federal agencies, charitable giving and other 2014 public policy developments. 

      In this program, we’ll discuss the Alliance’s field-wide legislative agenda, highlight key opportunities to demonstrate the public value of museums and provide a non-partisan preview of the 2014 mid-term elections.

      Cost: FREE for Staff of Member Museums (All Tiers), Individual, Ally and Industry Partner Members; $55, non-members. REGISTER NOW!

    • 04 Aug 2014 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      IMLS and the BUILD Initiative are hosting a webinar next August 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT on how museums can align their early learning activities with state learning and development systems. The webinar is part of an IMLS-BUILD collaboration to create deliberate connections between the efforts of museums and libraries and those of early childhood systems builders to support the growth and development of children from birth to age eight with an emphasis on children from birth to age five. The August 4 webinar will feature Sherri Killins, BUILD’s Director of State System Alignment and Integration, and Char Goodreau, QRIS Administrator for the Washington State Department of Early Learning, who will share information about the potential benefits of partnerships between early childhood leaders and museums and libraries.

      The registration link is:

      Title:      BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Expanding the Reach of Early Learning and Development Systems through Libraries and Museums

      Date:     Mon, Aug 4, 2014

      Time:     2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT  (1 hour 30 minutes)

      Registration link:

      Archive link:

      Contact Giuliana Bullard, IMLS Public Affairs Specialist, at, for more information.

    • 04 Aug 2014 12:14 PM | Anonymous

      Two life-size bronze statues on the campus of Bowdoin College that have withstood the weather and elements of Maine for 120 years will be rejuvenated beginning this week.


      Crafted by renowned Neapolitan bronze caster Sabatino de Angelis, the 19th century sculptures of the Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles and the Ancient Greek orator Demosthenes are original to the 1894 Beaux Arts Walker Art Building, home to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA). Noted architect Charles Follen McKim of McKim, Mead & White, designed the building, which underwent a $20.8 million award-winning renovation and restoration in 2007.


      The statues, commissioned by McKim for the façade of the Walker Art Building, occupy wall niches on either side of the building’s sweeping staircase where Bowdoin conducts commencement ceremonies for graduating seniors every spring and welcomes first-year students each fall. They will undergo onsite conservation and cleaning by a team from the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC), of Williamstown, Mass., a nonprofit regional conservation facility devoted to the conservation and preservation of cultural and historical objects, of which the BCMA is a founding member.


      The conservation of these works has benefitted from a five-year grant from the Lunder Foundation to the WACC to bolster the conservation budgets of the four Maine museumsundefinedincluding the Bowdoin College Museum of Artundefined that are members of the WACC consortium. The Lunder Foundation is a private foundation established in 1998 by Peter and Paula Lunder. It supports educational, arts, and health care organizations.


      “Summer is the season for improvements on the Bowdoin campus, and we are excited about the opportunity to work with conservators from the Williamstown Conservation Center to ensure a long life for these beloved sculptures,” said BCMA Co-Director Frank Goodyear.


      Both bronze statues are 19th-century copies of ancient works.  Sophocles was modeled from a late fourth century BCE, Greek marble statue; and Demosthenes was modeled from a Vatican Collection marble copy of the original bronze, which was sculpted by Polyeuktos of Athens in 280 BCE. Other figures represented on the façade of the Walker Art Building include busts of Hermes, Dionysus, and Homer. At the time the Museum was established, the curriculum of Bowdoin College focused on the classics, so an educational as well as aesthetic motive is suggested by the selection of an orator and dramatist to decorate the Walker Art Building.


      "We are delighted to have this opportunity to learn more about these works as we preserve them for future generations” said BCMA Co-Director Anne Goodyear. “We are grateful for the generosity of Peter and Paula Lunder that has helped make possible this project.”


      Two object conservators from the WACC will conduct the conservation. The work is expected to take one to two weeks.


      More info:

      Suzanne Bergeron

      Bowdoin College Museum of Art


      Suzanne Bergeron

      Bowdoin College Museum of Art


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