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Posted: 02/04/2015

Old Sturbridge Village
Research, Collections, Library

Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. You are invited into more than 40 original buildings, including homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops - all situated on more than 200 scenic acres. Visitors can meet heritage breed farm animals and interact with authentically costumed staff.

Curatorial Fellowship
Professional Opportunity
Sturbridge, MA

Old Sturbridge Village, New Englands largest living history museum, announces a post-graduate curatorial fellowship for 2015-2016. This is a one-year, full-time position, beginning in June 2015. The fellowship provides an emerging museum professional the opportunity to work with curatorial and library staff on a variety of projects related to exhibitions, collections management, research, and programming.

Specific duties will be assigned on a project basis and may include, but are not limited to, exhibitions; research enquiries; collections management; cataloging; furnishings plans; public lectures and presentations. The Fellow will independently curate several small case exhibits located throughout the Village campus. In addition, the Fellow will have the opportunity to develop and pursue a focused research project related to OSV or its collection, with the expectation that this body of work will add to our understanding of the museums holdings. The Fellow will conduct work throughout the Village, in collection storage, and occasionally off-site.


This position is open to candidates who have received a graduate degree in museum studies, American material culture, decorative arts, art history, public history, history or a related field in the last two years.  Knowledge of American decorative arts, especially New England materials dating from 1790 to 1840, is required.  Experience working in a museum environment and demonstrated experience with exhibitions and collections management including records management, object handling, research and documentation is preferred. Evenings and weekends may occasionally be required for programs, events, or other needs. The fellow will receive a stipend of $25,000 and 10 paid holidays, 1 week paid vacation, and up to one week paid time for professional development and conferences.  The position otherwise includes no benefits.   

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How to apply
Please submit a letter of interest, resume and two letters of reference to Caitlin Emery, Curator, Old Sturbridge Village, at cemery@osv.org. Please put “OSV Curatorial Fellowship” into the subject line. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2015.
Caitlin Emery
Phone: 5083470208
1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd
Sturbridge, MA 01566

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