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  • 22 Jan 2013 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    History buffs interested in archaeology have an opportunity this winter to assist Dr. Neill De Paoli processing recently discovered artifacts dating as far back as the mid-1600s.

    An archaeology "lab" for washing, reconstructing, and identifying artifacts will be held at the Counting House Museum in South Berwick on Saturday afternoons from noon to 3:30 pm throughout the winter.  Volunteers are needed and will be trained on the job; no prior experience is needed.

     "This is an opportunity for a hands-on encounter with historical household objects, tools and building materials used hundreds of years ago," said De Paoli.  "You'll get a closer look than is ever possible when looking at a museum exhibit.  Your assistance in processing these artifacts will also help us get a better understanding of the age, purpose, and identity of the structures we have uncovered on the the Old Fields dig site, so we will be very grateful to participants for their assistance."

    Those interested in participating may contact DePaoli for further information at 603-766-0561 or

    DePaoli, who has devoted most of his career to the study of English settlement and Anglo-Indian and English-French relations in early northern New England, has spent the past two summers overseeing excavations and the Old Berwick Historical Society's archaeological field school in South Berwick.

    The Old Fields dig is named for a neighborhood of South Berwick that 330 years ago was a small hamlet of several homes, a tavern, meetinghouse, burial ground, town wharf, and expansive hay fields, De Paoli explained. Historical documents suggest this locale was a fortified garrison during the conflict ridden 1690s and early 1700s. In 1690 and 1691, Wabanaki war parties attacked the Old Fields garrison and two men working in a nearby field, on two separate occasions.

    The dig site is the former dwelling and tavern of Humphrey and Mary Spencer who occupied it from c. 1696 until 1727.  De Paoli and his team and members of an archaeological field school (2012) uncovered the first evidence of an early structure that appears to be the Spencer home and tavern along with an array of items including glass wine bottles, stoneware jugs and drinking tankards, and clay smoking pipes. They have also unearthed part of a nearby blacksmith shop that was owned by Captain Ichabod Goodwin and his son General Ichabod Goodwin who lived on the property from 1740 until 1829.

    Dr. De Paoli will be continuing his search for more evidence of the Spencer home, and tavern along with the as yet elusive garrison (c. 1690-1720) this coming summer with the assistance of his crew of volunteers and an archaeological field school.

    De Paoli has 35 years of experience as a historical archaeologist, having directed archaeological projects in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He is an adjunct professor at Southern Maine Community College.

    More information about the Old Fields Archaeology Project is available at
  • 16 Jan 2013 4:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) seeks a knowledgeable
    and energetic Preservation Specialist to support its consulting,
    education, and outreach programs.

    Working closely with NEDCC's staff, the Preservation Specialist prepares
    and facilitates workshops, webinars, lectures, coursework, and
    conference presentations; edits or authors reference resources and
    publications; responds to technical and disaster inquiries; coordinates
    and conducts preservation needs assessments; authors comprehensive
    assessment reports that provide specific recommendations based on
    findings and best-practices; participates in department- and Center-wide
    projects and initiatives; and represents NEDCC at local, regional, and
    national professional meetings and conferences.

    As NEDCC continues to expand its consulting, education, and outreach
    services, the ideal candidate for this position will be able to develop
    and maintain both physical and digital preservation knowledge and


  • 15 Jan 2013 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    Penobscot Marine Museum Education Director

    Due to a retirement, the Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking a Director of Education with proven experience in identifying educational opportunities, creating and implementing programs and curriculum that advance the Museum’s mission.

    PMM is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay Region and beyond through collections, education and community engagement. The Museum houses superb collections of marine art, historic boats, scrimshaw, ship models and 19th export items as well as over 100,000 historic photographs. The Museum’s education programs, both on and off site, have a long history of excellence and innovation. PMM’s Maritime History and Literacy Curriculum, for example, blends maritime history and literacy skill practice in a detailed and comprehensive program that is unique in the museum education field.

    Position Description and Responsibilities include:

    ·         Work with colleagues (paid and volunteer) in the planning, development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of robust education programs and experiences that meet the diverse needs of PMM audiences, including professional development for teachers, school outreach and on-site programming for adults as well as children.

    ·         Understand, identify and appropriately respond to a diverse audience that includes students, families, and other life-long learners.

    ·         Work with PMM staff to coordinate existing programs and develop new programs that will fully leverage PMM’s historical, environmental and institutional resources.

    ·         Develop, implement and evaluate outreach strategies to promote PMM’s educational visitation and programs.

    ·         Manage and schedule interpretive programs to deliver and promote experiences, such as Museum tours, school programs and special events to Museum visitors

    ·         Facilitate school participation in the museum experience.

    ·         Together with Board members, staff, and individually, promote PMM’s programs to current and prospective donors to generate funding for exponential growth.

    ·         Working with appropriate staff, identify granting opportunities within the guidelines of the long range plan, yearly exhibits and departmental needs and participate in the preparation of the grant applications and reporting.

    ·         Working with appropriate staff, develop and maintain an annual budget for the education department.

    ·         Regularly evaluate and review the results of education programming with the executive director and appropriate Board committees.


    Qualified applicants must have, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college in social sciences, history, education or a related field as well as at least 5 years’ experience working in a museum environment or related institution or in the field of education. Preferred applicants should possess a creative and innovative approach to PMM’s programmatic and educational development. In addition, the successful candidate must have:

    • Demonstrated ability to make scholarly information accessible to various audiences, including the general public, families, students and educators.
    • Demonstrated ability to approach projects in an analytical, well-organized manner and be able to meet deadlines while working on several concurrent projects.
    • Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage staff and resources to teach, train and/or interpret information and communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences
    • Commitment to working as part of a collaborative team.
    • Ability to work effectively and creatively using computers and online technology.
    • Strong communication skills, both written and oral to include public speaking/presentation skills.
    • Relevant experience in budget and resource management.

    To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three

    professional references to Education Director Search, Penobscot Marine Museum, 5 Church Street, PO Box 498, Searsport, ME  04974 or email  For more information on the Museum, please visit our website at

  • 09 Jan 2013 7:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gallery Manager

    Maine Media Workshops + College

    Company: Maine Media Workshops + College
    Location: Portland, Maine & Rockport, Maine
    Type: Full-Time

    Job Description

    Maine Media Workshops + College is seeking to hire a GALLERY MANAGER to be responsible for two galleries: one at 132 Washington Avenue in Portland (“Portland Gallery”), and one at Central Street, Rockport, Maine (“MMWC Gallery"). The mission of the MMWC Gallery is to showcase photographic and multi-media work of students, alumni, and faculty, as well as innovative media artists whose work would be educational to our community and to our students. The mission of the Portland Gallery is to show high quality photography and works on paper of artists in Maine or with a connection to Maine.

    The person hired for this position will curate, and/or coordinate with internal and/or guest curators, and manage approximately 20 gallery exhibitions per year and related events. The Gallery Manager will ensure both galleries maintain planned open hours, recruiting and coordinating volunteers and interns as needed. Working with curators and guest curators, the Gallery Manager will be responsible for marketing, communications and public relations; hanging shows, merchandising and displays; planning and hosting gallery events, recordkeeping, cash management and all business functions. The person in this position will be located in Portland approximately 3 days/week and in Rockport 2 days/week, travelling between these locations.
    The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and the ability to market photography and other artwork effectively through, including but not limited to the internet and appropriate social media outlets; ideally he/she will have previous management and gallery experience; he/she is passionate about photography and knowledgeable about the medium’s history and current trends.

    How To Apply

    Apply online via our website: or send resume and letter expressing interest and relevant experience to Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2013.
  • 09 Jan 2013 3:14 PM | Anonymous member

    Museum Assistant

                The Margaret Chase Smith Library, a congressional research library located in Skowhegan, Maine, and dedicated to promoting Senator Smith’s legacy of service, civics, civility, and aspirations, seeks a full-time museum assistant.  The successful candidate will be responsible for visitor services, tour guiding, and museum exhibits.  The assistant will also expand the social media reach of the museum by using the archival collection to provide content on the Internet.

                Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree; Master’s with specialty in twentieth-century US History preferred; several years of museum experience; working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Outlook, PastPerfect database, and social media platforms.  For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, please see

                Salary range: $26,570 - 27,500 dependent upon skills, plus full University benefits.  This position is contingent on outside funding.

                Please send letter of interest, résumé, writing sample, and names and numbers of three references to: Job Search, c/o Lynnette G. King, Administrator, Margaret Chase Smith Library, 56 Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan, ME, 04976.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

                On January 1, 2011, UMaine became a tobacco-free campus. Information regarding UMaine’s tobacco-free policy is online at

    The University of Maine is an

    Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

  • 07 Jan 2013 2:27 PM | Anonymous

    Spotlight Award
    Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

    Established in 2005, this award recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the archives profession and of archival collections, and whose work would not typically receive public recognition. The nominee(s) should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:

    * Participating in special projects.
    * Exhibiting tireless committee or advocacy work.
    * Responding effectively to an unforeseen or pressing need or emergency.
    * Contributing innovative or creative ideas to the profession.
    * Performing extraordinary volunteerism.
    * Quietly but effectively promoting the profession.


    Awarded to an individual archivist or a group of up to five archivists who have collaborated on a project. Preference is given to archivists working in smaller repositories, especially those without institutional support for professional activities.

    Nomination Requirements: A completed nomination form, downloadable at

    Sponsor and Funding: The Society of American Archivists Foundation.

    Prize: A certificate and complimentary registration (for up to five individuals) to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented.

    Submission Deadline and Nomination Form: Deadline: February 28, 2013. Please complete the nomination form ( and email it along with any applicable supporting documentation to with the subject line “Spotlight Award.” Attachments should not exceed 5MB.

    Alternately, nominations may be mailed. Materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2013, and should be sent to:

    Spotlight Award Committee

    Society of American Archivists

    17 North State Street, Suite 1425

    Chicago, IL 60602-4061

    Questions should be directed to me as chair of the Spotlight Award Subcommittee, or 225-578-6546.

    Please visit for a list and explanation of all of the awards offered by SAA. The above information and past awardees is available online, (  

  • 04 Jan 2013 7:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland Seeks Events & Volunteer Manager

    Company: Farnsworth Art Museum
    Location: Rockland, ME
    Type: Full-Time
    Start Date: immediately

    Job Description

    The Museum is seeking an Events and Volunteer Manager to provide leadership, professional expertise, and direction for all museum events, facilities rentals, and the museum volunteer program.

    Manages all museum events including developing timelines, budgets, specifications, and logistics. Develops and aggressively markets a facilities use program. Administers the volunteer program and serves as point of contact for all groups that rent the museum facilities.

    Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks. A minimum of five years project management experience necessary, with the ability to plan and produce events and meetings from concept to completion. Ability to lift 40 lbs. Strong computer skills including MS Office, Excel, and exposure to programs like Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge important. Candidate must be able to work flexible hours including occasional nights and weekends. B.A. preferred.

    How To Apply

    Interested candidates should forward cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:
  • 28 Dec 2012 5:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Invitation to Submit Papers

    Curator: The Museum Journal

    Special Issue on Museums and People with Disabilities

    In areas as varied as transportation, housing, food service, employment, and cultural institutions, our interactions with people with disabilities are changing in fundamental ways. These changes appear to be driven in part by the much-discussed proliferation and democratization of technology and in part by the less obvious shifts in the sensibilities and assumptions of people at the start of the twenty-first century society.

    How are museums and other cultural institutions adapting to-and helping shape-these cultural changes? The editors of Curator: The Museum Journal invite scholars and professionals within and outside of the museum community to submit articles and think-pieces that situate the theory and practice of informal settings in contemporary cultural modes. We seek fresh examples, research findings, and commentary that will illuminate what engagement with people with disabilities means today, how museums and other cultural organizations and programs are fostering a blurring of the lines between engagement with people with and without disabilities, and where current trends may take us.

    We're particularly interested in papers that explore the broad landscape of engagement and communication. While a robust and rigorous foundation for engagement and equality has been established in the last decade or so, a fresh look is called for that takes direct account of the contemporary characteristics of communication and participation. We invite holistic, appropriately skeptical appraisals of the ways engagement with people with disabilities may be embedded in a broader set of experiences and outcomes intended by museums and other cultural settings.

    We are also interested in book, media, and digital reviews relevant to these questions.

    Inquiries and submissions should be sent to guest editors Christine Reich (<>) and Anna Lindgren-Streicher (<>), with copies of Zahava Doering, Editor at<>. Submissions should follow Curator's standard guidelines, which can be found at

    Articles that do not require review will be due on February 15th, 2013. Research articles that will require review will be due on February 1st, 2013.

  • 28 Dec 2012 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Save the Date
    The Role of Libraries and Museums in Early Learning

    What: Interactive Discussion for Service Organizations Only

    Topic: Libraries, Museums, and Early Learning:
    How Libraries and Museums are Supporting Young Children’s Learning and Development

    When: January 16, 2013, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

    Format: Webinar (call-in details to follow in early 2013)

    IMLS and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading have joined forces to elevate the role that museums and libraries can and do play in supporting early learning and development. We want to hear from you as we develop a national report and dissemination strategy to help position museums and libraries as key contributors to a broad-based, multi-sector system of early learning services and supports. The goal is to assure that libraries and museums have a more prominent place at the policy- and decision-making table.

    Libraries and museums have a long, successful history of serving young children and their families. They are trusted and accessible institutions in the communityundefinedand are often one of the only sources of services and programs for children and families with the greatest needs. Yet their contributions are often disconnected from state and community strategies to improve children’s school readiness and performance.

    The report, which will be released in 2013, will serve as a catalyst for states and communities to consider the vital role that libraries and museums play when building comprehensive early learning systems.

    Please join us to learn more about these efforts and contribute to the discussion with IMLS and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading project staff.

    Elements of the webinar:

    • •· A brief overview of the history and goals of the IMLS/Campaign partnership and a description of the planned national report.
    • •· A discussion to gather feedback from service organizations for developing and disseminating the report.

    Please save the dateundefineda link to the webinar and call-in details will follow early in the new year.

  • 21 Dec 2012 9:02 AM | Anonymous
    The state of Maine holds a special place in the history of the American
    Civil War. To recognize and celebrate the role of Mainers on the
    battlefield and the home front, Maine Historical Society (MHS) and Maine
    Humanities Council (MHC) are offering 10 Maine communities the opportunity
    to explore their local Civil War history through a new joint program,
    “Local & Legendary: Maine and the Civil War.” This project, which is meant
    to bring communities together around their stories, has received major
    support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Each community involved in “Local & Legendary” will form a team consisting
    of a local historical institution, a library, and an education
    institution. The team will work collaboratively on a variety of activities
    including digitizing local historical collections, creating online
    exhibits on Maine Memory Network (, and hosting a
    series of “One Story, One Community” programs. Each participating
    community will receive a $2,000 grant and substantial training and
    resources to support their work. A
    one-day public symposium on April 27, 2013 at USM’s Hannaford Hall,
    featuring national and state-based speakers, formally kicks off the

    The community application process for the first five communities opens on
    January 2, 2013, with a deadline of March 1, 2013. Five additional
    communities will be selected in 2014. Visit or for program details and application
    materials, or contact Anne Schlitt at MHC at or
    Larissa Vigue Picard at MHS ( for more

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