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Posted: 02/11/2016

Castine Historical Society

Castine Historical Society, occupying two historic buildings on the town common in Castine, Maine, is a 501(c)(3) membership organization which was an all volunteer effort prior to 2009. Currently, the paid staff working with a volunteer Board of Directors consists of a full time curator and a part time administrator. Seasonal exhibits are staffed by volunteers. (Please see www.castinehistoricalsociety.org for more information about coming events). In early 2015, CHS completed construction of a climate-controlled, fireproof storage facility and research center in its restored circa 1850 Grindle House. The Castine area, a beautiful and historically significant town on the coast of Maine, saw millennia of use by Native Americans before European contact and changed hands repeatedly from the outset of the colonial period through the War of 1812. The peninsula’s development in the nineteenth and twentieth century’s represents a microcosm of American commercial and cultural history. As its mission states, CHS “seeks to engage residents and visitors of all ages in the exploration and stewardship of Castine’s diverse historical resources.”

Internship with Growing Historical Society on the Maine Coast
Internship Opportunity
Castine, ME
$2800/10 weeks

Castine Historical Society (CHS) is offering one internship opportunity for a graduate student enrolled in a museum studies, public history, archival science or related Master's degree or Ph.D. program.  The internship is full time (35 hours per week) for 10 weeks in the spring or summer of 2016 with a stipend of $2,800.The Society will work with the student to structure the internship to meet requirements for academic credit as needed.

Description of Duties

Inventory of Collections

Working with the curator, the intern will inventory parts of the collection using PastPerfect software and re-house manuscripts, photographs, textiles, ephemera and small artifacts using archival storage materials. The curator will provide training and supervision for this ongoing project occupying approximately 50% of the intern's time.  The work involves confirming location information, reviewing catalog records and correcting data discrepancies while improving storage practices where needed. The intern will work as a member of a professional team to efficiently accomplish the task while employing best practices.  

Walking Tour Program

Working with a community member, the intern will offer a weekly guided walking tour of Castines general history based on scripts developed by previous CHS Interns.  Approximately 10% of the intern's time will be spent gaining experience sharing local history with visitors. While the intern will work with a volunteer on the tours, the curator will be the supervisor.

Public History Project of Interns Choice

The intern will have several options for a public history project to occupy the remaining 40% of each week:

·       Exhibit research and planningin support of the 2017 summer exhibit at CHS, telling the 19th century story of building full-rigged ships in Castine 

·       Develop podcasts for self-guided walking toursa project that would require the intern to research, design, record and post podcasts on a local history topic such as architecture, military history, maritime commerce, education, etc. 

·       Or the applicant could propose an idea of his/her own consistent with CHSs education or preservation objectives.

Skills and Abilities of the Ideal Candidate

  • Sincere interest in documenting and sharing history
  • Demonstrated attention to details
  • Social skills for working well with staff and volunteers
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Professional behavior and customer service attitude
  • Excellent time management and communication skills
  • Computer experience and affinity


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How to apply
To Apply Visit: http://www.castinehistoricalsociety.org/pages/news/2016-graduate-internship-opportunity-in-castine or send the following by Monday, March 21st, 2016, to Paige Lilly via email at curator@castinehistoricalsociety.org (please include the word “internship” in the subject line) or by post to Castine Historical Society, P.O. Box 238, Castine, Maine 04421. •Cover letter describing your interest in this internship and your qualifications •Course of study including internship requirements •Availability (start and end dates are flexible between May and September 2016) •Resume summarizing experience that relates to the description of duties and meets the requirements for skills and abilities listed above •Letter of support from a faculty member in your graduate level program in museum studies, archival science, public history or related field •Names and contact information for two references from previous work or volunteer experiences
Paige Lilly
Phone: 207-316-4118
P.O. Box 238, 17 School Street
Castine, ME 04421

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