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Posted: 10/21/2014

Eastern Shore of VA Historical Society

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society, Incorporated is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 1957 with a mission to preserve and interpret Eastern Shore history and to educate the community about its past. Our organization offers itself as a vehicle for cultural enhancement as well as a facilitator for history education through our exhibits, programs, collections and preservation initiatives. The collections the Historical Society hold are vast and important intellectual tools for education and research. The history of the Eastern Shore of Virginia can be accredited to the early success of the formation of the American colonies and the proper care and preservation of this collection is significant to this community and to the United States. Our collections consist of valuable historic properties, artifacts, archives, and a library, all of which we use in our exhibits, educational programs and in research projects. The Historical Society owns three properties, Ker Place, Hopkins Brothers Store and the Wise Family Cemetery. Two of our properties Ker Place, which is the Historical Society headquarters, and the Hopkins Brothers General Store are National Historic landmark properties. We also have a wide range of educational programs that target all age groups. We have ongoing lectures and evening seminars, art exhibits and workshops through out the year.

Collections Manager
Professional Opportunity
Onancock, VA

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society is seeking a candidate for the part-time position of Collections Manager (24 hours/week). This position involves managing the acquisition, registration, cataloging, environmental control, loan processing, records computerization, storage maintenance, arrangement and description of collection pieces. This position will also handle requests for photographic reprints, and retrieving materials in response to research requests. They will also be responsible for conferring with the Executive Director on potential donors or loan items. They must be able to answer questions, solicit and manage volunteers, and present monthly status reports.  Please send resume, cover letter and 3 references to director@shorehistory.org


1. Preferred Bachelor's degree in Museum Sciences, Library Sciences, History or a related field with two (2) years experience in a museum setting, or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have a creative and self-starting attitude to carry ideas from conception to completion.

2. Must have basic computer skills, and must be able to learn Past Perfect Museum Software

3. Must be available to work a varied work week to include weekends, evenings and holidays as required.

4. Grant writing experience a plus.

General Responsibilities:

1.       Responsible for the security of artifacts in museum collection and exhibit areas. Performs walk through of exhibit and storage areas to check for security issues including insect/pest presence, environmental concerns such as water leaks, and Administrative maintenance of areas. Communicates findings with the Executive Director and performs follow through if necessary work is to be performed.

2.       Prepares facilities for upcoming traveling exhibits. Processes all necessary paperwork related to the exhibits such as condition report, damage reports, correspondence with lenders, storage paperwork, etc. Schedules volunteers to assist with set up of exhibit.

3.       Works closely with in-house exhibits. Compiles lists for Executive Director and staff of objects and photographs. Compiles historical information on collection objects or photographs for labels or brochures.

4.       Process duplication requests from photo collection when required. Makes arrangements for reprints and enlargements and processes necessary paperwork for requests. Creates invoices for Archive services.

5.       Works closely with the public in regard to requests for information. These requests may include research of local historical collection from newspapers, photographs, maps, etc.

6.       Processes Collection objects on loan to outside entities. Assures adherence to approved procedures for check out of items. Processes proper paperwork.

7.       Catalogues museum objects using specified process, i.e. cleaning, producing description, numbering object, photographing, processing identification tag, and ensuring proper storage of object.

8.       Maintains a complete inventory of museum collection using computer database system, Past Perfect.

9.       Maintains computer history of collection including check out dates and by whom, return dates, condition of object, etc.

10.   Prepares for special events such as exhibit openings, programs, etc.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
To apply, please send resume, cover letter and 3 references to director@shorehistory.org.
Jenny Barker
69 Market Street
Onancock, VA 23417

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