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  • 14 Feb 2012 3:23 PM | Anonymous member

    Looking for an alternative Health Insurance Option?

    Call the NEMA Hotline for Health Insurance quotes from all of the major plans!

    Now offered through NEMA is an alternative option for member's health insurance programs.
    All of the major carriers are available including, but not limited to, the following:

    • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
    • Fallon Community Health Plan
    • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
    • Health New England
    • Neighborhood Health Plan
    • Tufts Health Plan

    If your health insurance renewal is approaching on April 1st like it is for many other small businesses, or you would simply like to seek alternative health insurance options, please call the NEMA Member Hotline for a comprehensive health insurance analysis. This analysis will include not only reviewing your current policy, but also pricing out alternative options that could potentially offer a better fit for your small business.

     Call Now 1-800-407-0882


    NEMA Announces Member Benefit Programs

    After more than a year of planning and development, NEMA is launching a number of new benefits for its members.

    Discounted Guaranteed Life Insurance  All NEMA members (individual, institutional, institutional affiliates, and corporate) will now have access to guaranteed life insurance for themsleves, their employees, and their trustees starting at the discounted rate of $6.18 per month. No physical is required and no pre-existing conditions disqualify enrollment. Coverage is through Unum Life Insurance Company of Portland, Maine.

    Short and Long-term Disability Insurance Unum is also offering NEMA members access to long-term disability insurance, which would provide up to $6,000 per month to age 65. Short-term disability programs are also available providing up to 60% of an individual's salary for up to 26 weeks.

    Vision/Dental Insurance
     NEMA members can choose

     from several

     discounted eye care plans through Vision Choice

    Plan (VSP) starting at $6.54 per month. Dental insurance is available through Reliance Standard; rates vary based on where members reside. Individual and family plans are available for both programs.

    401(k) Programs  John Hancock is offering a retirement plan investment platform that allows NEMA Institutional members to enroll its employees in a 401(k) pension program. Members receive group pricing for administration fees.

  • 14 Feb 2012 9:27 AM | Anonymous member

    The Maine State Museum in Augusta is seeking a part-time (58 hours

    bi-weekly) Museum Specialist I to work as a collections manager.  This is professional services work in the museum's registration office, managing all aspects of collections care, handling, and processing, as well as assisting with storage, imaging, conservation, and recording keeping.  Tasks include: processing acquisitions, including numbering, measuring, and creation of digital images for exhibit preparation and identification purposes; coordination of object movement; help with packing and shipping objects; photography of objects when necessary; conducting of inventories; preparation of condition reports.  Knowledge, skills, and abilities required include independent judgment and sound decision making; familiarity with a variety of standard office equipment, including personal computers; knowledge of collections databases; understanding of research methodologies for anthropology, history, and natural history; knowledge of photography; knowledge of care and maintenance of museum collections. Minimum qualifications are four years experience and/or education in area of specialization; preference will be given to those applicants with a Bachelors degree in history, science, archaeology, museum studies, or related field with three years related experience or acceptable equivalent; knowledge of museum registration and collection management standards and methods as well as cataloguing, conservation, and collections storage practices.

    You must submit a direct hire application form available at the General Government Service Center in Augusta, all Maine Career Center Offices, and on the General Government Service Center website at; The completed application, a letter explaining your interest in the position,  and a copy of your resume must be submitted by March 2, 2012 to:  Julie Cotnoir, Personnel Officer, General Government Service Center, 74 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0074; Telephone (207) 624-7417.

  • 10 Feb 2012 2:29 PM | Anonymous member

    NEMA's spring/summer workshop series is a popular source of professional development, providing you with in-depth learning opportunities that enhance your skill set and museum career. For 2012, NEMA is offering 18 workshops throughout New England - more than ever! And to make them more affordable than ever, NEMA has created a special volume discount for members only. Sign up for at least three workshops and you'll receive a 20% discount off the member rate. And NEMA institutional members who send at least five employees or trustees to workshops also receive a 20% discount.

    I Do, I Don't:  Functions at Historic Sites
    Friday, March 16, 2012
    Peabody Historical Society, Smith Barn
    Peabody, MA
    Historic Sites Management PAG

    Museum Evaluation You Can Use
    Monday, April 23, 2012
    Springfield Museums
    Springfield, MA
    Children's Museums PAG

    Protecting Your Interests: Intellectual Property, Consultants, and Contacts in Today's Museums

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012
    Worcester Art Museum
    Worcester, MA
    Independent Museum Professionals PAG

    Outdoor Exhibitions
    Thursday, May 10, 2012
    Heritage Museums and Gardens
    Sandwich, MA
    Exhibtions PAG

    Building Support: From the Inside Out
    Friday, May 18, 2012
    Museum of Russian Icons
    Clinton, MA
    Membership, Development, Public Relations, and Marketing PAG

    Management Skills for Non-Managers
    Friday, May 25, 2012
    Connecticut Historical Society
    Hartford, CT
    Supported in part by the Connecticut Humanities Council
    Administration, Facilities & Services PAG

    Hidden in Plain Sight: Examining Art from Alligatoring to X-Rays
    Friday, June 8, 2012
    Smith College Museum of Art
    Northampton, MA
    Conservators PAG

    Teaching Among Experts: Redefining Museum Education in Academia
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012
    John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
    Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University
    Providence, RI
    College & University Museums PAG

    Exhibits for the Small and Medium Sized Museums
    Monday, September 17, 2012
    Historic New England's Collections Store Facility
    Haverhill MA
    Presented in partnership with Historic New England

    Learn, Laugh, Love: Part II
    A series of mini-workshops* from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Presented by the Young and Emerging Museum Professionals (YEP) PAG
    * Each mini-workshop is $15 for NEMA Members, $25 for Non-Members. Members can register for all three mini-workshops for $40.
    LEARN: To Museum Studies or not to Museum Studies? Considering Grad School and Your Career Goals
    Wednesday, March 28
    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Chestnut Hill, MA
    LAUGH: From the Trenches: 10 Things I Wish I Had Not Learned the Hard Way
    Thursday, April 12
    Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
    LOVE: I Love My Job, But... Raises, Transitioning, and Advocating for More Responsibility
    Thursday, April 26, 2012
    Tufts University Art Gallery at the Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, MA

    Additional Workshops in Planning

    • Education PAG Workshop
    • HR & Volunteer Management PAG Workshop
    • Library & Archives PAG Workshop
    • "Do It Yourself Technologies: APPs, Web Sites, Blogs, and More"
    • "Your Best Foot Forward: Personal Skills for Professional Success"
    • "Banish the Boring: Developing Effective Presentations"  

    Space is limited. Please visit and sign up today!

    Registration Fee (includes lunch): $50 NEMA members / $75 non-members / $40 students

    All NEMA members, including staff and trustees from institutional and corporate members, are eligible for the member rate. Not sure if your organization is a member? Just call NEMA, 781-641-0013 to find out.

  • 09 Feb 2012 3:10 PM | Anonymous member

    2012 Summer Fellowships

    Maine Preservation has opened the call for applications for the 2012 Summer Fellowships Program. Fellowships span nine weeks in the summer, with four weeks at Maine Preservation's headquarters, The Captain Reuben Merrill House, and five weeks placed in the field with a preservation trades firm. For details, visit

    Deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 26.

  • 09 Feb 2012 9:44 AM | Anonymous member

    There is still space available in the next grant-writing workshop, on Tuesday, February 14.  The workshop focusses on the Historical Records Collections Grant Program, but the basic skills would be applicable to any grant-writing.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday morning, Feb. 10
    More information:

    Event:  Grant-Writing Workshop, focussed on the Historical Records Collections Grants
    Sponsor: Maine Historical Records Advisory Board
    Time: 9:30 to 3:00
    Price: Free, but you must register
    Place: Maine State Library Conference Room, Augusta
    Dates: February 14 (Tuesday)
    You may register for the Grant-Writing workshop by phone or e-mail (287-5791;  Be sure to include ALL the registration information, including snail mail address and phone number.

  • 07 Feb 2012 9:23 AM | Anonymous member

    The General Henry Knox Museum, an historic house museum in beautiful midcoast Maine, is pleased to post two paid internships for the summer of 2012.  The museum, a recreation of the 1794 mansion built by the country's first Secretary of War, houses an important collection of Federal Period furniture and decorative arts, as well as primary and secondary resources related to the economic development and settling of midcoast Maine.  The museum has a permanent staff of 3.5 FT employees and over fifty active volunteers, and offers a very active range of programs, classes and events during the summer.  For more information, see <> . 


    Curatorial Intern:  This internship is designed to offer a broad range of experience in museum operations, including collections management, interpretation, research, and program and exhibition development.  Specific projects related to the Museum's collections will be developed in consultation with the Museum's staff, and special interests of the intern will be taken into account.  The intern will be trained to give tours and assist in other Museum operations as needed.  The Curatorial Intern will work 5 days a week (30 hours) for 20 weeks, and will be paid a stipend of



    Marketing Intern: This internship is also designed to offer a broad range of experience in museum operations, including program and exhibition development, interpretation, research, and public relations.  Specific projects related to the Museum's marketing initiatives will be developed in consultation with the Museum's staff and the Museum's marketing committee.

    The intern will be trained to give tours and assist in other Museum operations as needed.  The Marketing Intern will work 5 days a week (30

    hours) for 11 weeks, and will be paid a stipend of $2,900.  


    For both internships, undergraduate or graduate students with a background or strong interest in history, historic preservation, education, marketing, library and archival science or museum studies are encouraged to apply.  A high level of self-motivation and initiative is required.  Saturdays and some special evening and weekend events are required.  Starting and ending dates are flexible.  We regret that the museum can not provide housing.


    To apply, please send a letter describing your interest and experience with museums and/or nonprofits, a resume and contact information for three references to Intern Search, General Henry Knox Museum, PO Box 326, Thomaston, ME 04861 or by email (Word documents or pdf's only, please)  to  Please indicate in which internship you are interested.  Application deadline is Friday, February 17, 2012.

  • 02 Feb 2012 4:30 PM | Anonymous member


    Tuesday, April 24 - Andover, MA

    Wednesday, April 25 - Boston, MA


    Thursday, April 26 - Boston, MA

    Wednesday, May 2 - Andover, MA

    Thursday, May 3 - Andover, MA


    All workshops are from 9 AM to 3:30 PM
    Registration: $150 ($130 for Early-bird)

    Donia Conn
    NEDCC Education and Outreach Coordinator

    (978) 470-1010 ext. 220
  • 27 Jan 2012 2:34 PM | Anonymous member
  • 26 Jan 2012 8:57 PM | Anonymous member

    The American Association for State and Local History bestows Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Awards serve as an inspiration to others in the field.

    If you would like to nominate an organization or person for a Leadership in History award, then complete a Leadership in History Nomination Form and submit it to your AASLH State Leadership Team Leader. Do not send nominations to the AASLH office. A nominee does not have to be an AASLH member to apply and self-nominations are encouraged.

    If you would like a form mailed to you, please contact the AASLH office at (615) 320-3203 or by email at

    The deadline for submission is March 1 of each year. Please send nomination information to your State Leadership Team Leader. Questions? Contact Bethany Hawkins, AASLH at 615-320-3203 or email


  • 26 Jan 2012 3:11 PM | Anonymous member

     The Maine State Museum seeks a Director to plan and lead the overall activities of the museum as Maine's 2020 bicentennial draws closer.  The Director serves as the public face of the museum, working closely with the Office of the Governor, Legislature, and other state agencies, including the Cultural Affairs Council, a partnership of state and private institutions.  The Director acts as the museum's chief fundraiser, working with the Friends of the Maine State Museum, in order to increase the effectiveness of the overall program of exhibits, education, and collections. The Director guides the museum's outreach activities and collaborations with other museum, natural science and historical organizations throughout the State. 



    Bachelor's or Master's degree in nonprofit management, museum administration, business or public administration, or related field and ten years' experience in a progressive management role, managing a museum, division or department of a museum or a related entity, including staff leadership, budget development, public outreach and administration.  Skills sought: communications and broad-based community outreach experience; a strategic vision of "the museum of tomorrow;" ability to lead a diverse group of professionals; creative fund raising abilities.


    More information: Candidates may request an application form, information about the position and supplemental questions prepared by a Search Committee of the Museum Commission which will make the final selection. 

    Please contact: Julie Cotnoir, Personnel Specialist, GGSS, 74 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0074, (207) 624-7417.


    Further information is available at and  Review of applications will begin on March 5, 2012.

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