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Posted: 03/07/2017

Mount Vernon Ladies Association- George Washington's Mount Vernon
Historic Preservation and Collections

Mount Vernon is owned and maintained in trust for the people of the United States by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a private, non-profit organization founded in 1853 by Ann Pamela Cunningham. The Association is the oldest national historic preservation organization in the country, and it has always been in the forefront of the restoration field. It is directed by a Board of Regents, comprised solely of women, who represent over 30 states. A Board of Advisors of prominent citizens from across the country meets twice a year to provide additional input on Mount Vernon's governance. The estate, gift shops and dining facilities are operated by 600+ paid employees and over 400 volunteers. Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America and is open 365 days a year. Mount Vernon does not accept grants from federal, state, or local governments, and no tax dollars are expended to support its purposes. Primary sources of income are revenue from the retail and dining facilities, ticket sales, and generous donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals. The estate, gardens and farm of Mount Vernon totaled some 8,000 acres in the 18th century. Today, roughly 500 acres of this historic estate have been preserved 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., on the banks of the Potomac River. Guests visiting the estate can view Washington’s Mansion and many other original structures. The historic footprint also includes the tomb of George and Martha Washington and a memorial dedicated to the enslaved people who lived and worked on the estate. Interpretive spaces such as the Pioneer Farm and George Washington's Gristmill & Distillery provide a rich understanding of Washington's enterprising and profitable business ventures. Offering additional engaging experiences, the Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center include 25 theaters and galleries showcasing Mount Vernon's superb collections. The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon is a groundbreaking center for scholarship and educational outreach on the life of George Washington and the colonial and founding eras. Mount Vernon typically welcomes over 1,000,000 visitors each year.

Mid-West Tool Collectors Association Digital History and Material Cult
Internship Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA
Mid-West Tool Collectors Association
Digital History and Material Culture Internship
Summer 2017
George Washingtons Mount Vernon is pleased to invite applications for a summer 2017 internship in the Historic Preservation and Collections Department. This internship will offer a unique and exciting opportunity to explore database development for material culture and historical research, specifically the tools and equipment acquired by George Washington for the building of Mount Vernon and the support of the plantations diverse operations. Ultimately, the goal of the project is to develop a more accurate understanding of how the mansion and estate developed over time. The intern will work closely with the Associate Curator and Architectural Historian as well as other library, curatorial, and historic preservation colleagues.
This paid internship is full-time (40 hours/week) for 10 weeks (or an equivalent number of hours). Compensation in the amount of $5,000 (gross) is offered, payable on Mount Vernons bi-weekly pay schedule.  Applicants are responsible for their own housing and travel arrangements.  Mount Vernon is happy to work with the interns academic program to provide credit for the internship period. 
Start date target: late May / early June 2017
By: March 22, 2017, Please submit electronically via our website www.MountVernon.org, cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume (no more than 2 pages) with contact information for 3 references .  Point of contact: Amanda Isaac, Associate Curator, aisaac@mountvernon.org
Position Specific Responsibilities:
The focus of the internship is to incorporate the tool data gleaned from the Washington Papers and other primary sources into the Washington Material Culture Database, a searchable Access database that allows staff to track the material goods acquired and used by the Washingtons from 1755-1802. The primary goals for the project will be to import the current tool data into the database, create and fully populate source records for the new tool entries, link together multiple documentary records relating to single objects, and write a glossary of tool definitions in a Mount Vernon context.  
  • Minimum of bachelors degree in Historic Preservation, American Material Culture, American History, History of Decorative Arts, Museum Studies, or related field required
  • Graduate coursework or masters degree preferred
  • Familiarity with primary source research, editing, and databases, as well as 18th-century handwriting and building techniques desired
  • Ability to work independently, accurately and precisely record information as well as proofread, required
Special Requirements:
  • N.A.
Mount Vernon is an equal opportunity employer
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How to apply
Please apply online via our website following the link below: http://www.mountvernon.org/about/employment/open-positions-at-mount-vernon/?gnk=job&gni=8a3218144d086a4d014d7c69ccd7085a&gns=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.preservenet.cornell.edu%2F
Leah Noce
Fax: 703.780.8320
P.O. Box 110
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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