Mount Clare Museum House Docents Needed!

Mount Clare Museum House is accepting applications for volunteer docents with the possibility of becoming paid staff.  Duties include giving tours to visitors and, when time permits, taking on additional projects in line with student’s academic interest.

Must be available Thursdays, Fridays, and/or Saturdays from 10:30 am until 4:15 pm.

Graduate and undergraduate students are both welcome.  Areas of study preferred include African American Studies, American Studies, Art History, History, and other related fields.  Must have an interest in educating the public, both adults and children.

Email or call 414-350-7038for more information and/or application materials.

Mount Clare Museum House is the 1760s home of Charles Carroll, Barrister and his wife, Margaret Tilghman Carroll in addition to multiple slaves and indentured servants.  Today, it serves as Baltimore’s revolutionary experience, containing fine collection of antiques portraying life from the eve of Revolution through the War of 1812.

1500 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Intern Opportunity at NMAH Spring 2017

Project Description:

Many Voices, One Nation website content intern (


The Many Voices, One Nation exhibition will open in summer 2017 with an accompanying website. The exhibit team would like to feature many of the exhibit’s objects on this website, with live links to the page. However, many of the objects in the exhibition are not yet on the page. We require a student who will conduct research, write labels, and input needed data into the collections database so they may be processed and publicized on the web.


Learning objectives:


  • Student will learn to research from material culture and museum acquisition files
  • Student will learn to write object labels for public use by combining original research with secondary source research
  • Student will be trained on museum database software (XG) and learn to update object files


Please have interested students send their résumé and cover letters to Lauren Safranek at and cc: me


Deadline Jan 17, 2017 by 12pm!

Museum Education Specialist opening at Alexandria Archaeology

Alexandria Archaeology

Position Opening: Museum Education Specialist 

Follow the link below to learn more about the position and how to apply!…/museum-education-specialist

Position Overview: The Museum Education Specialist works with archeologists and historians to plan, design, and develop educational and informational materials and to implement programs and events to communicate the archeological and historical significance of our City.  The richness of our program depends upon the Museum Education Specialist’s abilities to interact with the public and increase understanding of the past. Last year, almost 50,000 people visited the City’s Archeology Museum, located in the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, and the museum hosted special events, activities and tours that brought knowledge of history and archeology to participants.  These activities included hands-on Adventure Lessons, dig days where families toured a plantation site and screened for artifacts found by volunteers and interns; tours of the 18th-century ship discovered on the waterfront, teacher training workshops; a summer camp for 12 to 15-year old students; and lectures to both public and professional audiences.  Special events in the museum emphasizing the integration of art and history also drew more than 1000 participants.  The museum educator oversees many of these museum activities and coordinates events, tours, lectures, and school programs for diverse groups of residents and visitors, thus playing a major role in promoting an understanding of Alexandria’s rich diversity, history and culture. In addition the Museum Education Specialist  administers a Volunteer Program where more than 100 volunteers generally contribute more than 8,000 hours of time over the course of a year.  The Museum Education Specialist also helps design and install exhibitions.

Assistant Director Position at Baltimore Museum of Industry

Assistant Director

Baltimore Museum of Industry

The Baltimore Museum of Industry seeks an Assistant Director to serve as an integral member of the BMI’s senior management team, participating in long-range planning and providing overall management of the museum. The Assistant Director supports the Executive Director in efforts to ensure long-term financial stability, expand creative capacity, and enhance overall institutional reputation. In the absence of the Executive Director, the Assistant Director is charged with day-to-day leadership decisions.

Responsibilities include a series of tasks under planning, management, finance, staff supervision and human resources management, facilities, board, and outreach and government relations.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and names of three references to Carole Baker, Deputy Director:

For more information please see attached flyer: bmi-assistant-director-2016-11-28-1

Small Museum Association Scholarships

Small Museum Association Scholarships 

33rd Annual Conference

February 19-21, 2017

The annual Small Museum Association conference attracts more than 250 museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums. They attend sessions on topics ranging from collections and education to staffing and board issues. We offer a large Museum Resource Hall and plenty of informal networking opportunities for you to talk with (and get ideas from!) other small museum professionals and volunteers.

This year, the SMA conference will offer sessions that address the theme “All Hands on Deck.” Speakers will explore how professional staff, board members and volunteers work together to make small museums thrive.

SMA offers over scholarships each year through the generosity of past conference organizers and attendees as well as several partner organizations. All scholarships cover the cost of conference registration as well as hotel stay and most meals. Anyone affiliated with a museum, library, historical society, or related graduate study program (e.g. Museum Studies, Public History, Library and Information Studies, Historic Preservation) is eligible for the SMA Scholarships. This includes full-time or part-time employees, board members, students, interns, and volunteers.

All application materials must be submitted by November 13, 2016.

For more information go to:

 The Small Museum Association Annual Conference will be held at the: 

Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

3501 University Boulevard East

Hyattsville, MD 20783

Maryland Historical Society-Spring Internships

Maryland Historical Society

Special Collections Department

Morris A. Soper Papers – Archival Processing Internship

Spring Semester 2017

Internship Description:

The Maryland Historical Society is seeking an intern to assist in the folder-level processing of the papers of Judge Morris A. Soper (1873-1963). Spanning more than a half century at the state and federal level, Soper’s judicial service coincided with an era that saw great changes in American society. Soper wrote many landmark interstate commerce decisions and most notably was involved with several civil rights cases that preceded the landmark Brown vs the Board of Education in 1954. This 300 box collection of correspondence, case files, and personal material offers a unique look into the work of Maryland’s “premier twentieth-century jurist.”

MdHS invites students pursuing careers in archives or history to apply for this internship and help us make this valuable collection available for research. The candidate must be able to complete 120 hours of work on the project. Flexible hours available, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm.

A stipend of $1500.00 will be awarded based on the completion of 120 hours.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to the Special Collections Department by December 1, 2016:


Address: 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 Fax: 410-385-0487

More Information

Call for Papers American Association of Geographers Panel- Demographic Fantasies

Call for papers: Demographic fantasies and fever dreams: taco trucks, lesbian farmers, burkini bans, and the basket of deplorables

American Association of Geographers Conference 2017 Boston, April 5-9

This panel is sponsored by the Political Geography Specialty Group

Following recent calls for critical and feminist human geographers to take demographicchange seriously (Robbins & Smith 2016), we are inviting submissions about the origins of demographic fever dreams and fantasies. We’re interested in the work that they do, the danger that they pose to building solidarity across difference, but also the potential for play and subversion that is embedded in their vivid specificity. Traditionally, critical human geography has overlooked or ignored demographic change, and yet global demographic shifts are animating and inspiring political movements worldwide. Often, these shifts are mobilized in political discourses through specific demographicfantasies to instill anxiety and fear of perceived threats to the success of nations. These fantasies rely on normative ideas of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious difference, but also invent compelling narrative justifications for those ideas and a means for them to mutate and multiply.
In the 2016 US election cycle, for example, we have recently been privy to a deluge of  dreams and fantasies: a migration-engendered epidemic of “taco trucks on every corner,”[1] an Obama-sponsored invasion of lesbian farmers to undermine red state agricultural strongholds,[2] and a “basket of deplorables” containing half of all Trump voters. We describe these as fever dreams and fantasies because of their strikingly specific and dream-state features that leap from numerical measures and policy into a surreal and multivalent landscape of threat…or delight.
As we consider the political purpose of these demographic fantasies, the fears underlying them, and how the vivid imagery ties into fears of white masculine decline and panic, we wonder how we can unravel these oddly specific imaginaries. Beyond the US election, we also read an underlying element of demographic fantasy in worries about the presence of burkinis on French beaches, attempts to ban “sharia law” across the southern US and Europe, the rhetoric surrounding the Brexit, and numerous other global cases. In each of these instances, a vivid and fantastic fiction is used by figures with political power to amplify, imagine, and obscure demographic patterns of migration, birth, or mortality to consolidate political power or to dismiss or undermine class tensions and create fictions communities of homogeneity.
While it is easy to be smugly dismissive of fears about an unlikely takeover by “others,” here we hope to more carefully consider the content, deployment, and mechanisms of these vivid demographic imaginaries of threat. In so doing, we hope to build on, but also disrupt and complicate theoretical explorations in feminist political geography, which evoke the embodied life of territory and borders and the political life of demography (among others, Baldwin 2012; Bialasiewicz 2006; Dixon and Marston 2011; Fluri 2014; Gilmartin and Kofman 2004; Gökarıksel and Smith 2016; Jones and Johnson 2016; Massaro and Williams 2013; Pain and Staeheli 2014; Roberts 1998; Robbins and Smith 2016; Silvey  2005; Smith, Swanson, and Gökarıksel 2016; Smith and Vasudevan in progress).
We invite papers exploring demographic fantasies through political speech, popular culture, government policy, or other venues, and engaging with questions such as the following (but not limited to these):
•   What political and cultural work do demographic fantasies do, and how do they do it?
•   What role do gendered, sexualized, and racialized body politics play indemographic fantasies?
•   What are effective responses to demographic fantasies? What is the potential for play and subversion (e.g., the social media responses to taco trucks on every corner, and the “basket of adorables”)?
•   How do demographic fever dreams travel across contexts and political lines?
•   How do demographic fantasies explicitly or implicitly engage with temporal and metanarratives and geographic imaginaries (such as the dangerous and uncertain future, and porous borders)?
•   How might we respond to or understand the flights of demographic fantasy that emerge from rumors, exaggerations, or denials of seemingly incontestable truths? Especially when drawing attention to the fallacy only fuels the fantasy?
Please send abstracts to Sara Smith (,Banu Gökarıksel ( Chris Neubert (, by October 17th, 2016.

Summer Institute Museum Anthropology – Smithsonian

Call for Applications

Smithsonian Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology at the NMAH

Due March 1, 2017

We are now recruiting prospective graduate student participants for the 2017 Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA). We hope you will forward this announcement to interested students and colleagues and re-post to relevant lists. SIMA is a graduate student summer training program in museum research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History with major funding from the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation. Summer 2017 dates are June 26-July 21. Student applications are not due until March 1, 2017, but now is the time for students to investigate the program and begin to formulate a research project to propose. Decisions on Faculty Fellows will be made in December.

During four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops in the research collections, students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data. Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. In consultation with faculty, each student carries out preliminary data collection on a topic of their own choice and develops a prospectus for research to be implemented upon return to their home university. Instruction will be provided by Dr. Joshua A. Bell, Dr. Candace Greene and other Smithsonian scholars, plus a series of visiting faculty.

Who should apply?
Graduate students preparing for research careers in cultural anthropology who are interested in using museum collections as a data source. The program is not designed to serve students seeking careers in museum management. Students at both the masters and doctoral level will be considered for acceptance. Students in related interdisciplinary programs (Indigenous Studies, Folklore, etc.) are welcome to apply if the proposed project is anthropological in nature. All U.S. students are eligible for acceptance, even if studying abroad. International students can be considered only if they are enrolled in a university in the U.S. Members of Canadian First Nations are eligible under treaty agreements.

Costs: The program covers students’ tuition and shared housing in local furnished apartments. A stipend will be provided to assist with the cost of food and other local expenses. Participants are individually responsible for the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC.

SIMA dates for 2017: June 26 – July 21

Application deadline – March 1, 2017

SIMA Directors Joshua Bell and Candace Greene will be at the AAA meetings in Minneapolis fromNovember 16-20 and would be glad to discuss and answer any questions about the program. Email if you would like to schedule time to meet.

Want to discuss a project proposal? We’d love to hear from you. Email

For more information and to apply, please visit