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As part of its continuing service to the field, Maine Archives and Museums allows members and non-members to post notices of their announcements, job and internship openings, workshops, and other news of interest to the field. MAM approves all postings and reserves the right to edit or reject postings as it deems appropriate. This service is free to members; non-members will be charged $20 (Individual Membership is only $35).

We require that all job and internship opportunities include a stated compensation range, expressed as a salary, hourly wage, or stipend. Meant to encourage greater diversity and reduced burnout in collecting institutions, this requirement is made in coordination with museum associations around the country based on information from the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network

An archive of Maine Archives and Museums press releases 2011-2015 are posted here.

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  • 21 Oct 2014 3:22 PM | Anonymous

    What Is #AskAnArchivist Day?

    It’s an opportunity to:

    • Break down the barriers that make archivists seem inaccessible.
    • Talk directly to the public undefined via Twitter undefined about what you do, why it’s important and, of course, the interesting records with which you work.
    • Join with archivists around the country and the world to make an impact on the public’s understanding of archives while celebrating American Archives Month!
    • Interact with users, supporters, and prospective supporters about the value of archives.
    • Hear directly from the public about what they’re most interested in learning about from archives and archivists. 

    How Does It Work?

    On October 30, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Take this opportunity to engage via your personal and/or institutional Twitter accounts and to respond to questions posed directly to you or more generally to all participants.

    Questions will vary widely, from the silly (What do archivists talk about around the water cooler?) to the practical (What should I do to be sure that my e-mails won’t get lost?), but each question will be an opportunity to share more about our work and our profession with the public.

    Between now and October 30:

    PROMOTE #AskAnArchivist Day among your users and constituents via your institution’s website, Twitter account, blog, newsletter, and any other mediums available to you. Click here for the public announcement (and feel free to pick up language from it for your own promotions).

    For additional inspiration on what your promotion of #AskAnArchivist Day might look like, see these great examples of the recent promotion by museums of #AskACurator Day:

    Examples of possible Twitter promotion:

    • Happy #AskAnArchivist Day! Our archivists are waiting for YOUR questions. Tag us at @TWITTERHANDLE and use #AskAnArchivist.
    • Archivists at @TWITTERHANDLE are gearing up for #AskAnArchivist Day on October 30! Literallyundefineddocuments and photo boxes stacked and waiting!

    ENCOURAGE the public to use #AskAnArchivist and your institution’s Twitter handle (e.g., @smithsonian) when asking questions so you won’t miss any that are intended for youand so we will be able to track questions and answers to measure overall participation.

    TALK to your staff and colleagues to develop a plan for responding to tweets throughout the day.  Will one person respond to all tweets?  Will you share the task? Will individuals sign up for time slots and let the public know who will be available when?

    Here’s one example:

    • During this year’s #AskACurator Day, one person at the Indianapolis Museum of Art was selected to monitor both the general hashtag and tweets sent directly to @imamuseum. When direct questions came in or interesting general questions were posed via the hashtag, the designated monitor sent the questions to participating curators via email. The curators (and their archivist!) replied with their answers, and the monitor posted all answers from the @imamuseum Twitter account. (See the Storify of the IMA's participation in #AskACurator Day for results.)

    CREATE an institutional Twitter account if you don’t already have one. #AskAnArchivist Day and American Archives Month are both great opportunities to start one! Click here to get started.

    And if an institutional Twitter account is not an option for you, go ahead and answer questions from your personal Twitter account! If your institutional affiliation and job title are not already listed on your profile, be sure to add that for the duration of #AskAnArchivist Day.

    TWEET and GREET! Take advantage of this opportunity to join with archivists from around the country to talk to and hear directly from the public on October 30.

  • 18 Oct 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Identification and Care of Photographs
    Saturday, October 18, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Presented by Maine Historical Society, Northeast Document Conservation Center, and Maine Archives & Museums

    Facilitator: Monique Fischer, Senior Photograph Conservator, Northeast Document Conservation Center

    This hands-on workshop offers an in-depth introduction to the preservation of photographs, including their identification, deterioration, and care. Participants will learn how to recognize various photographic formats and study the preservation problems associated with each format type. The workshop will also discuss storage concerns and preservation priorities, including environmental guidelines and proper care and handling. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs for examination and discussion.
    This workshop is designed for local historical societies and small museums and libraries, as well as individuals who are looking to gain knowledge about how to preserve a variety of photographic materials. Morning refreshments will be served. Lunch is on your own.

    Registration is limited to 20. Deadline for registering: Tuesday, October 14. Cost: $100 MHS members; $110 non-members. Reserve your seat online or contact for a registration form.

  • 07 Oct 2014 8:01 PM | Anonymous

    Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's office has reached out to MAM to share information about upcoming Federal grant deadlines with Maine museums, archives, and cultural organizations.

    National Leadership Grants for Museums (awards $50,000-500,000)
    National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. Deadline: December 1.

    Museums for America ($5,000-150,000)
    The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Deadline: December 1.

    Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums ($10,000-25,000)
    The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program is a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums program. These small grants encourage museums to prototype and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Deadline: December 1.

    Museum Grants for African American History and Culture ($5,000-150,000)
    Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) support projects that improve the operations, care of collections, and development of professional management at African American museums. Deadline: December 1.

    Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services ($5,000-50,000)
    These grants are intended to provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship. Deadline: December 1.

    Congresswoman Pingree's office has also indicated that her office is willing to write letters of support, an important piece of every grant proposal. Requests can go to Andrew Colvin, Grants Coordinator for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's office:  

  • 03 Oct 2014 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Bowdoin College Archives invites applicants for a full time position as Archives Assistant in the George J. Mitchell Dept. of Special Collections and Archives.

    Major duties include processing manuscript collections and archival records; assisting with the management of the College's records management program and archival a/v media collections; performing basic reference services in Special Collections & Archives; and digitizing library resources, editing digital image files, and coordinating vendor-supplied digitization activities.

    The successful applicant will have a bachelor's degree; effective oral and written communications skills; the capacity to attend to accuracy, attention to detail, and discretion; and, the ability to work in a team environment, solve problems, and understand complex hierarchical arrangements. The position also requires technical skills appropriate to digitizing textual and visual objects and to editing image files.

    To see the full job posting and submit an application, please see: .

  • 24 Sep 2014 9:47 AM | Anonymous

     We are seeking a dynamic, highly-qualified leader for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.  On land, on water and underwater, LCMM offers an amazing array of programs, exhibits and learning experiences, underwater discoveries and lake adventures that engage people of all ages in the rich history and archaeology of Lake Champlain.  LCMM hosts over 11,000 people annually in its fourteen exhibit buildings and on its working waterfront in Ferrisburgh, Vermont.  The 1776 replica gunboat Philadelphia II is a favourite with visitors.  The Schooner Lois McClure has travelled over the last ten years to New York, Canada and Vermont, educating over 20,000 people per year about the lake’s history.  Innovative boat building, after-school rowing programs, On-Water ecology classes and teacher training are part of the mix.  Our Maritime Research Institute engages in world-class nautical archaeology projects, exploring and documenting the lake’s 300+ historic shipwrecks and other underwater cultural sites. . . . And then there are shipwreck tours at beautiful Basin Harbor and the Burlington waterfront, where you don’t get wet using remotely operated vehicle technology.

    The Executive Director will play a key role in:

    • ·      Building a vision for the future that is both challenging and sustainable
    • ·      Leading with innovation and passion
    • ·      Keeping our programs and educational experiences robust and exciting
    • ·      Creating financial stability and sustainability
    • ·      Cultivating effective alliances with local and regional organizations, universities and other museums

    Position is based at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, Vermont.  To apply, send letter of interest and résumé to

    Competitive salary and benefits.


    The application deadline is October 15, 2014.

    No phone calls accepted.

    Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

  • 19 Sep 2014 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    Freeport Historical Society (FHS) is seeking applicants for the position of office manager.  The position will be part-time (24hrs/week) and temporary(through 1/31/15).  However, the right applicant may be invited to continue in an expanded role beyond this date.

    For more information, consult the FHS website, or call 207-865-3170.  A resume and cover
    letter should be sent to

  • 19 Sep 2014 3:25 PM | Anonymous
    Chief Curator
    Maine Historical Society seeks a Chief Curator who will be responsible for leadership and management of Maine Historical Society's curatorial program, including design and implementation of innovative exhibition strategies, care, management, and development of artifact collections, and oversight of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden.

    Communications Manager
    Maine Historical Society seeks a creative, collaborative, and experienced Communications Manager to help us share the unique and fascinating history of Maine with local residents and visitors from around the world. The Communications Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a marketing and communications plan that supports the Society's mission by expanding awareness, engaging the public, and attracting new audiences. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Communications Manager works directly with staff in each department to create consistent and inspiring content across all forms of marketing including social media, the MHS websites, weekly email updates, newsletters and print and news media. The position is part-time, 21 hours/week.

    More info here:

  • 18 Sep 2014 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2014 AASLH Online Conference 

    September 18-19, 2014

    Registration opens early August!

    Held every year in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, the AASLH Online Conference provides an opportunity for you, your colleagues, and volunteers to attend the annual meeting virtually.

    2014 Online Conference Sessions:

    Many Small Surveys, One Big Impact – Using examples from collaboration among fifteen Minnesota Historical Society sites, panelists explore evaluation challenges, provide do-it-yourself tools, and discuss how to use results effectively.

    Telling a Whole History: Methods of Interpreting Domestic Servants in Historic House Museums - Discuss methods and strategies for revitalizing interpretation in historic house museums to include the voices of domestic servants.

    Museum Management Tune Up - In this session, you’ll evaluate your own skills in the following areas: employee assessment and review, communication, time management, and work relationships.

    Your Most Valuable Partnership: Engaging Your Board to Ensure Success and Sustainability - Join colleagues from around the country to identify strategies you can use right away to ensure your board is engaged and effective.

    Field Services Alliance Presents Navigating Legal Landmines in Museums and Archives - This session addresses legal concerns surrounding oral history, collections, and digital copyright to help increase your legal literacy in recognizing and understanding the various concerns organizations face in these areas.

    Support Young Children, Grow Future Audiences – This session considers the impact building relationships with young children and their families will have on the future of your institution. 

    More info at:

  • 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

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