Job Opportunity at the Western Folklife Center

An opportunity to use your degree in folklife studies, ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, or a related field and work in the heart of the West!


The Western Folklife Center seeks a Programs Manager. This is an excellent opportunity for a creative person to add their signature to nationally recognized programs such as the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, as well as ongoing and new programs. Candidates should have a B.A. in folklife studies, ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, or related fields and have a minimum of two years’ experience in event and program management. Excellent verbal, writing, editing and computer skills are required. Candidates should be able to manage budgets and contribute to grant writing and reporting. Interest and skills in fieldwork, program curation, media, digital storytelling and exhibit production are a plus. For a complete job description go to:

Deadline April 27, 2018.

Summer 2018 Internships with the National Park Service (NPS), the Department of the Interior (DOI), & General Services Administration (GSA)

The National Council for Preservation Education, in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) and other partnering agencies, is pleased to offer internships during the summer of 2018. NCPE has partnered with the NPS since 1992 to connect higher education students and recent graduates in historic preservation, cultural resource management, and related fields to projects at hundreds of sites and divisions within the NPS system and other agencies annually. Completing an application is the first step in securing an internship.

Please see the link below to learn more about the internship offerings, the applications process, and eligibility. 

Part-Time Permanent Position Available: Director, Chevy Chase Historical Society Archive and Research Center

Local History/Archives/Collections/Library & Information Studies
The Chevy Chase Historical Society (CCHS), a nonprofit membership organization, has been collecting material relevant to the area for 35 years. The CCHS archives represent a unique resource for scholars, students, and residents of Chevy Chase, Maryland, one of the earliest planned streetcar suburbs in the United States. The archives contain approximately 15,000 photographs; 400 maps; more than 100 oral histories; a variety of documents types including memoirs, municipal records,
personal papers, letters, and yearbooks; a noncirculating reference library; and a vertical file of pamphlets, clippings, and other materials.
CCHS is searching for a Director of its Archive and Research Center.

The Director is paid on an hourly basis for approximately 30 hours per week. The starting contract rate is $25 per hour. The Archive and Research Center is open to the public on Tuesdays, from 10:00 am to noon and 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The Director must be at the Center during those hours to greet and assist visitors and researchers. Occasional evening and weekend hours will be required. The schedule for the
remaining hours is flexible and open to negotiation. The Director reports to the CCHS President, the Archives Committee, and the Board of Directors.
Primary responsibilities include:
1. Planning, directing and coordinating the daily operations of the Archive and Research Center, including responsibility for maintaining the CCHS archives by accessioning, arranging, digitizing, describing, and re-housing current and new manuscript collections, photographs, maps, and other material, as well as implementing basic preservation methods, and/or supervising staff and volunteers working on these same tasks.
2. Managing the human resources of the center by recruiting an Assistant Director and/or graduate interns and volunteers, and supervising and training staff and volunteers in an effective and collegial manner.
3. Providing reference/research assistance for patrons, volunteers and interns.
4. Conceiving and overseeing the creation of new online exhibits drawn from the archive.
5. Overseeing research and writing of a house history for the annual CCHS Gala, and the design and production of the physical exhibit created for the event.
6. Managing regular updates of the CCHS web page and social media.
7. Managing the Archive and Research Center in compliance with the annual budget.
8. Preparing and presenting a written report on activities at the center at CCHS board meetings, which are typically held 10 times a year, usually in the evening.
9. In addition to the responsibilities listed above, collaborating with CCHS Board Committees as needed in an ex officio capacity.
10. Maintain the facility by monitoring environmental conditions and coordinate with outside vendors, contractors, maintenance crews, and etc.

We also expect you to:
1. Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, and establish and maintain effective working
relationships with CCHS board members, staff, volunteers, and members of the public.
2. Serve as the public face of the CCHS Archive and Research Center, demonstrating
enthusiasm for local history, and a commitment to preserve and share the history of Chevy Chase with CCHS members, local residents, and all interested members of the public.
3. Be familiar with, or quickly able to learn, information technology used in small historical societies and museums, such as PastPerfect, as well as website content management systems, such as Drupal.
4. Have relevant historical research experience for assisting patrons as well as staff, board members, and volunteers.
5. Have a demonstrated knowledge of US History in general, and be familiar with, or quickly able to learn, the history of Chevy Chase, Maryland and the greater metropolitan area of Washington, D.C.
6. Understand the dynamics of working with board members and other volunteers.
7. Be a self-starter, independent worker, and creative problem-solver.
8. Have excellent oral and written communication skills and administrative skills.

1. A Master’s Degree or advanced coursework in History, Archival Studies, Library Science, or Museum Studies.
2. At least three years of direct experience in the field of archival management.
3. Demonstrated strength in written, verbal, analytical and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively and to prioritize work to ensure timely completion of projects. Aptitude for complex, analytical work with attention to detail, demonstrated problem-solving skills, flexibility, and creativity.
4. Strong computer skills, with experience using MS Word, Publisher, Excel, and other Office programs.
5. Knowledge of professional standards and best practices concerning archives, historical societies, and museums.
6. Experience using archival managements systems, such as PastPerfect. Experience with graphic design software and content management systems such as Photoshop and Drupal.
7. Experience providing reference/research assistance for patrons, volunteers, and interns.
8. Experience supervising and training staff, interns, and volunteers.
9. Participation/involvement in relevant professional organizations.
Deadline for application: April 6, 2018.
Review of candidates will begin on March 23, 2018. Prompt applications are encouraged.
Please email (preferred) or mail a letter of application addressing your qualifications, a resume, and contact information for three professional references to:
Or via mail to: Chevy Chase Historical Society
8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1010
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
If you have questions, please email CCHS at the address above or call 301-656-6141.

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area 2018 symposium, The Cutting Edge of Public History: New Directions in Interpretation

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area is proud to present their 2018 symposium The Cutting Edge of Public History: New Directions in Interpretation, to be held in the MIB Auditorium at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. on March 28-29, 2018. The symposium is designed to focus on new approaches and best practices in presenting American history and showcase leaders in the field. Public history specialists will lead panel discussions on a wide range of topics including new exhibitions on slavery and criminal justice and innovative educational programs for teachers and students.

One conference highlight will be the Journey’s National History Academy, a five-week summer program for high school students offering an immersive learning opportunity and first-hand experiences at the historic sites where American history was made. The Academy will explore extraordinary events and leaders from pre-colonial times to the 21st century, emphasizing the pivotal moments that shaped the American experience.

The Schedule:

March 28th

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm: Optional early entry & tour of the National Museum of American History with curators/docents of the exhibit “The Nation We Build Together”; lunch on own
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Registration at DOI, tables outside of MIB Auditorium
  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm: Welcome Remarks
  • 1:45pm – 3:15pm: Session #1 – Reshaping the Narratives of History
  • 3:15pm – 3:30pm: Break
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm: Session #2: Storytelling through Technology and Media
  • 5:30 – 7:30pm: Conference Reception at the Decatur House, 1610 H Street, NW, Washington, DC

March 29th

  • 8:00am – 9:00am: Optional Breakfast at DOI
  • 9:00am – 9:45am: Welcome and Key Note
  • 9:45am – 11:15am: Session #3 – Engaging Students and Teachers
  • 11:15am – 11:30am: Break
  • 11:30am – 1:00pm: Session #4 – Interpreting History through Art and Material Culture
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Optional Lunch at DOI
  • 2:00pm: Optional Tours of National Portrait Gallery with curators/docents of exhibit

Speakers include:

Session #1: Reshaping the Narratives of History


Gary Sandling, Vice President of Visitor Programs & Services, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA


Christy Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, American Civil War Museum, Richmond, VA;

Sean Kelley, Senior Vice President, Director of Interpretation, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA;

Marcel Sykes, Manager of Interpretive Programs, Montpelier, Montpelier Station, VA

Session #2: Storytelling through Technology and Media


Dana  Allen-Greil, Web and Social Media Branch Chief, National Archives, Washington, DC

Mireya Loza, Curator, Division of Work and Industry, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC;

Stan McGee, Education Specialist, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park;

Selma Thomas, Independent Producer, Executive Producer at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC

Session #3: Engaging Students and Teachers


Brent Glass, Director Emeritus, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC

Tim Bailey, Director of Education, The Gilder Lehrman Institute and The Hamilton Education Project, New York, NY;

Bill Sellers, President, Journey Through Hallowed Ground and the National History Academy, Waterford, VA ;

Zachary Gargan, 8th Grade Civics, Mercer Middle School, Aldie, VA

Session #4: Interpreting History through Art and Material Culture


Kim Sajet, Director, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

Yoni Appelbaum, Senior Editor and Washington Bureau Chief at The Atlantic, Washinton, DC;

Susan Stein, Richard Gilder Senior Curator and Vice President of Museum Programs, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA;

Shelley Sturman, Head of Object Conservation, National Gallery of Art

The details:

  • Advanced registration is required for the symposium – no tickets will be available at the door.
  • Tickets to the symposium are $30.
  • When purchasing tickets, you will be asked if you plan on attending early entry to the NMAH on the morning of March 28th and the conference reception at the Decatur House on the evening of March 28th. These are included with the ticket price, however spaced is limited.
  • Entry information for the NMAH visit and the conference reception will be emailed out prior to the start of the symposium.
  • Attendees will need to register for the symposium at the Department of the Interior from 12:00pm – 1:00pm on March 28th – a table will be set-up outside the MIB Auditorium. Please bring your Eventbrite ticket and badges will be distributed.
  • Hotel blocks have been made at The Wink, Washington, DC (booking deadline: March 2nd) and Hotel Lombardy Washington DC (booking deadline: February 12th, group #3726). Please reference The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area’s Symposium when booking.

Contact for questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium!

Job posting: Research Officer at the Centre for Public Authority and International Development (LSE)

This is a fixed term appointment for 2 years in the first instance:  

The Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) is a newly established School Research Centre based at LSE’s new Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. The centre’s role is to answer critical questions that have bedevilled international engagements with fragile, conflict-affected, marginal, and impoverished places. Our fieldwork focus is orientated toward Africa, but the global challenges we address are far from regionally specific – as concerns about migration to Europe, illicit financial flows, and international terrorism underline.

CPAID is seeking to appoint a dynamic individual to the position of full-time Research Officer to start in June, 2018 to support the study and contribute to research primarily focused on public authority and inclusive growth in Africa. This post will involve undertaking field research, developing, and applying qualitative methods and administering surveys for investigating how forms of public authority coalesce to shape patterns of governance and conflict over resources across spaces and temporal scales. The position offers an opportunity for a motivated researcher to develop a research career in International Development or a related discipline, such as Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, or Political Science.

You will have completed a PhD, or be close to the completion of a PhD in Anthropology, Geography, International Development, Political Science, Political Economics, Sociology or related discipline by the start date. You will have a strong background in field research, ethnographic methods, and qualitative surveys, the ability to analyse and research complex theories, and the ability to produce independent original research to high quality journals and possess expertise on Somalia and the wider region. You will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to communicate research findings effectively. You will also be able to work independently under limited supervision and prioritise work in response to deadlines.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

To apply for this post, please go to you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email  

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15th March 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums’ Building Museums conference

Join museum colleagues, architects, other design and construction professionals, and project funders in lively conversation about what is involved in a museum building project.

Attend a day-long workshop on all the elements you need to know to plan, design, and build a successful and sustainable new museum or addition to an existing museum. Learn about planning and building best practices, and how to identify project “red flags.”

Visit new and refurbished museums by attending behind-the-scenes tours. Meet the 2018 winners of the prestigious Buildy Award given to honor exemplary museum building projects. Network with conferees at special receptions and informal “birds of a feather” gatherings.

As in other years, there will be AIA continuing education credits for the workshop and sessions.

Building Museums

Summer Graduate Internship Opportunities at The Henry Ford

I am pleased to announce five graduate internship opportunities for summer 2018 at The Henry Ford:

  • Archival Holdings Survey Internship
  • Industrial Design Collection Processing Internship
  • McGuffey Readers Organization, Description, and Access Internship
  • Textile Conservation Internship
  • Textile History Collection Archival Processing Internship

For more information, please visit

The Henry Ford’s Simmons Internship Program is designed for current graduate students pursuing careers in museums, historical agencies, conservation labs, or related fields. This internship provides participants with an opportunity to gain in-depth work experience in a major American history museum.

Stipend and Terms of Internship Simmons interns are awarded stipends for a minimum 12-week full time internship. Starting and ending dates for individual internships are negotiable. The Simmons Internship Program is funded by the Vera W. and Walter E. Simmons Endowment Fund.
Applications should include:
• A letter of application, stating how your graduate studies, work and/or volunteer experience and
personal interests qualify you for the specific project
• A résumé
• Two letters of recommendation regarding your qualifications for the internship, submitted directly by the authors.

Students may apply for more than one internship project, but must submit a unique letter of application for each. Duplicate letters of recommendation and resumes will be considered. The deadline for application is Friday, March 9 (postmarked or emailed by 11:59 PM EST).

Please submit inquiries, letter(s) of application, résumé and letters of recommendation to or Saige Jedele, Simmons Internship Coordinator, The Henry Ford (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029).

MAHDC Executive Director Job Description

The Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions (MAHDC) seeks an executive director. Serious candidates please respond to Frederick Stachura whose email address is at the bottom of the description below. Thank you!

Executive Director Job Description

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic growth of the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions (MAHDC), a statewide preservation organization in Maryland with a mission to provide advocacy, training and program support for historic preservation commissions and local governments across the state. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director works closely with Preservation Maryland and Maryland Historical Trust, the state’s other statewide preservation entities, to promote historic preservation throughout Maryland.

The ideal candidate is self-driven and will demonstrate solid, hands-on management skills and organizational abilities, as well as ability to convey a vision of MAHDC’s strategic future to the board, membership, volunteers, partners, and donors. The candidate should have strong written and oral communication skills. Knowledge of email marketing software, website maintenance (WordPress), and graphic design and marketing skill is also beneficial.

The Executive Director works about 10 hours a week on average (can range from 5-20 hours per week depending on the schedule of events), primarily from their home office. Some travel is required throughout the year for six annual board meetings (held in Crownsville, MD), quarterly social hours (held throughout Maryland), an annual symposium, fundraisers, partner meetings, training events, and meetings with member commissions and staff.

Compensation: $12,000 annual stipend

The Executive Director is an independent contractor who provides their own computer, phone, transportation, and office space; some direct expenses are reimbursable.

Job Responsibilities

  1. With the aid of MAHDC board members, provide technical advice to MAHDC members commissions and staff
  2. Oversee the MAHDC Training Program, including marketing, scheduling, booking instructors, registration, and making recommendations to the board
  3. With editor and graphic designer, develop articles, compile, and distribute quarterly publication, Maryland’s Historic Districts, by email
  4. Produce weekly content for MAHDC website blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed
  5. With MAHDC board members, coordinate quarterly social hours for the MAHDC membership
  6. With MAHDC board members, coordinate fundraisers (currently one per year with desire for at least one more)
  7. With MAHDC board members, pursue grant funding
  8. Update and maintain a current contact list of commissions, staff, and chairs
  9. With VP of Finance, mail and process annual renewal notices
  10. Update and maintain a current list of individual and business members
  11. With MAHDC executive committee, assist with board recruitment, elections, and orientation
  12. Represent MAHDC at the NAPC Forum, when possible, including coordinating an MAHDC-sponsored session when relevant
  13. Administer the CLG educational set-aside grants on behalf of MHT
  14. Work with the board to develop and implement MAHDC-sponsored sessions at regional preservation events
  15. Market and manage the MAHDC Restoration Contractors Directory
  16. Prepare, with the MAHDC President, the bi-monthly board of directors meeting agenda, staff report, meeting reminder notices, and meeting minutes; participate in all meetings
  1. Attend meetings with partners such as Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and Preservation Maryland (PM) representatives as needed
  2. With MAHDC board, provide assistance and guidance for governance, fundraising, education, and other committees and task forces
  3. Keep website domain registration and hosting and email contract for website up-to-date

Frederick C. Stachura, Chairman


Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions