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Independence Seaport Museum Receives Grant from William Penn Foundation

Independence Seaport Museum has been awarded a $2.6 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to open River Alive! – a landmark exhibition focusing on the Delaware River and its watershed as a living, ever-changing system whose health and sustainability is vital to our lives. Independence Seaport logo

“The River Alive! exhibit has been years in the making and is a real game changer for the Seaport Museum,” said John Brady, President and CEO of Independence Seaport Museum. “It will continue to connect us with the area’s waterways by showcasing the importance of the Delaware River Watershed. Environmental changes do not happen overnight, and we could not be more grateful to the William Penn Foundation for their support and belief in this project.”

The River Alive! exhibition will position the Seaport Museum at the forefront of citizen science and watershed education in the region. It will have multiple interactive and hands-on exhibition elements including a watershed map, Citizen Science Lab and Fisharium, all helping audiences to understand the real threats to the Delaware and its watershed. As well as being an economic driver through its port facilities, the River provides drinking water, food, and recreation to millions of people living across 13,500 square miles in the region.

“The Board of Port Wardens is delighted to see John’s vision for the Museum coming to fruition. The River Alive! project allows us to exemplify the commitment we have for our local waterways and environment,” said Peter Havens, Chair of Independence Seaport Museum’s Board of Port Wardens. “We hope support like this will inform others about the projects transforming the area and inspire them to come forward and get involved.”

Programmatically, River Alive! creates opportunities to physically and intellectually connect the exhibition to the Seaport Museum’s soon-to-be expanded dock and to the tens of thousands of passersby along Penn’s Landing. The exhibit will beg questions such as, “What’s alive in the river?,” and “Why should we care about the river?,” and “How do we use the river every day?,” and encourage visitors to act on the answers by seeking education via River Alive! and its associated programming. Construction on the exhibit will begin in early 2018 with an anticipated opening in November 2018.

As a bold and innovative exhibition, River Alive! aligns with the William Penn Foundation’s work to empower those living in the area to protect our shared watershed, a strategic vision accomplished through grants toward research, advocacy, communications, conservation, and strong environmental education. With this investment in River Alive!, the Seaport Museum will foster educational experiences along the water and for the watershed across the area.

“We are excited for this exhibit to transform the way residents and visitors to Philadelphia experience the Delaware River and learn about its critical role in our well-being,” said Shawn McCaney, Executive Director of the William Penn Foundation. “For too long, there has been a divide – both literal and figurative – between people and the river. After decades of effort to restore water quality, people are once again returning to the water now that it is clean. The Foundation has made a concerted effort to help foster this re-connection, through our past support for the Central Delaware Master Plan and now through this exhibit, which will provide direct access for people to explore and learn about the water, and inspire them to help protect it.”

About Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum deepens the understanding, appreciation, and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, art, science, and connecting with communities. With National Historic Landmark ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, a boatbuilding workshop, small boat rentals, hands-on exhibits, a Citizen Science Lab, one of the largest maritime art and artifact collections in North America and more, the Museum is the premier, year-round destination on the Penn’s Landing waterfront. Visit daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and see our full schedule of programs and events at phillyseaport.org.

About William Penn Foundation

The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. In partnership with others, the Foundation works to advance opportunity, ensure sustainability, and enable effective solutions. Since inception, the Foundation has made nearly 10,000 grants totaling over $1.6 billion. The Foundation’s assets exceed $2.3 billion as of March 31, 2017.

 

Calvert Marine Museum Seeking Curator of Maritime History

Job Title:      Curator of Maritime History – Marine MuseumCMM logo
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 12/27/17 11:59
Salary:          $56,584.00 – $74,220.00
Job Type:     Merit Full Time
Location:     Calvert County, Maryland

Job Summary                                   

Merit position, Grade 25, 35 hours per week.

Performs museum curatorial work for the County’s Marine Museum. Work involves collection management, historical research, writing, preservation of the museum’s historic structures, supervision of boat yard, and boat operations, and related activities. This position is responsible for meeting all requirements related to maintaining the National Historic Landmark designation of the Wm. B. Tennison (passenger vessel) and J.C. Lore Oyster House and National Historic Register designation of the Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses. Work requires an advanced degree and experience in the field. Work is performed under administrative supervision.

Essential Job Functions/Other Duties/KSA:

Conducts research for publications, lectures, maritime exhibits, etc. Compiles necessary reports, articles, proposals, etc. related to maritime history.

Monitors operations of the two passenger vessels, the Wm. B. Tennison and the Dee of St. Mary’s, and boat yard. Ensures repairs are completed and monitors maintenance and repair expenses for both vessels. Coordinates inspections with US Coast Guard. Tracks requirements necessary for USDOT Drug Testing Program for the crew.

Supervises boatwright and the Small Craft Guild program. Prepares budgets and coordinates long-range planning.

Oversees maintenance and repairs of historic buildings to meet Maryland Historic Trust standards and Secretary of the Interior standards for the treatment of historic properties.

Directs and assists the museum registrar with collections inventorying, cataloging, storage, and general management.

Prepares purchase orders/check requests; researches vendors; handles receipts/invoices.

Assists Exhibits Department in researching and preparing temporary and permanent maritime history exhibits and signage.

Assists researchers in Paul L. Berry Library and Archive and directs library volunteers.

Prepares and monitors department budget.

Assists with preparation of grants and acts as grant manager for maritime grants.

Provides lectures both internally and in the community. Leads Maritime Tours of the museum.

Approves photo reproduction orders from the public.

Training and/or Education:
Master’s degree in history or related field.

Experience:
Four years of experience in the museum field which must include maritime history work, considerable experience managing staff, daily operations, customer service, and policy development and implementation.

Licenses or Certificates:
Valid driver’s license. A current Medical Examiner’s Certificate in accordance with Federal Regulations must be obtained within six (6) months.

Special Requirements:
Operation of County owned vehicle.

FLSA Status:
Exempt

Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities upon reasonable notice.
County application required.

The Museum

The Calvert Marine Museum was founded in 1970 and is located in Solomons, Maryland at the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. The museum interprets three themes: the paleontology of the Miocene epoch, the estuarine biology of the river and bay, and the maritime heritage of Southern Maryland. Among its exhibits are the Drum Point Lighthouse, the Cove Point Light Station, the sailing skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s, the historic bugeye Wm. B. Tennison, and the J. C. Lore and Sons Oyster House.  The latter two are National Historic Landmarks. It also houses the largest collection of Miocene marine fossils outside of the Smithsonian and has a 15-tank aquarium featuring animals native to these waters. The museum is open year round.

Where to Apply:

http://www.co.cal.md.us/employment

 

Last Call for CAMM 2018 Conference Presentations: Deadline Tomorrow, Saturday, December 2, 2017

The deadline for paper submissions is tomorrow, December 2, 2017. Please consider joining us for the 2018 annual conference in Bermuda.  Conference details are below including submission and registration information.  Please see the conference webpage for more information.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Click here to download the Call for Papers form.  Please save the form and email to Marifrances Trivelli, CAMM Program Chair, at: trivelli@lamaritimemuseum.org, or print and fax the form to her attention at (310) 832-6537. Deadline for submission is December 2, 2017. You will receive a response from the program committee no later than December 15, 2017.

Themes and topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Disaster planning
  • Sea level change and its impact on maritime institutions
  • Collections management
  • Board interface
  • Fundraising
  • Maritime trades
  • Bermuda specific topics
  • The changing nature/roles of museums in society (technology, how to attract people, sustainability in digital times)
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REGISTRATION: NOW OPEN 
Full Conference registration: $199
One day registration: $110 available Wed, Thurs, & Fri
Spouse/Guest registration: $125 (social events only)
Spouse/Guest Friday dinner only: $75

Please download, fill out and save the below PDF form and email to: CAMMTreasury@gmail.com. There are several payment options available, including PayPal, credit card, and check.
Click here for a PDF registration form.

For more information on the conference, please go to the Conference Webpage.

2018 CAMM Conference Call for Papers Deadline is Next Saturday, December 2, 2017

The deadline for paper submissions is quickly approaching. Please consider joining us for the 2018 annual conference in Bermuda.  Conference details are below including submission and registration information.  Please see the conference webpage for more information.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Click here to download the Call for Papers form.  Please save the form and email to Marifrances Trivelli, CAMM Program Chair, at: trivelli@lamaritimemuseum.org, or print and fax the form to her attention at (310) 832-6537. Deadline for submission is December 2, 2017. You will receive a response from the program committee no later than December 15, 2017.

Themes and topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Disaster planning
  • Sea level change and its impact on maritime institutions
  • Collections management
  • Board interface
  • Fundraising
  • Maritime trades
  • Bermuda specific topics
  • The changing nature/roles of museums in society (technology, how to attract people, sustainability in digital times)

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    Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda – home of the National Museum of Bermuda, our hosts for the 2018 CAMM Conference (photo NMB).

REGISTRATION: NOW OPEN 
Full Conference registration: $199
One day registration: $110 available Wed, Thurs, & Fri
Spouse/Guest registration: $125 (social events only)
Spouse/Guest Friday dinner only: $75

Please download, fill out and save the below PDF form and email to: CAMMTreasury@gmail.com. There are several payment options available, including PayPal, credit card, and check.
Click here for a PDF registration form.

For more information on the conference, please go to the Conference Webpage.

Texas A&M University seeking Nautical Archaeologist/Conservator to join the Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position specializing in nautical archaeology and artifact conservation to begin August 2018. The ideal candidate will have a well-rounded background in the field of maritime archaeology, with extensive training and experience in the conservation of artifacts from submerged sites. Knowledge of advanced archaeological recording and analytical tools and techniques is also desirable. Applicants should have a strong record of research, publication, and external funding that is commensurate with the present stage of their career. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct field and laboratory research, supervise graduate and undergraduate student research, teach two courses per semester, and participate in service to the Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, and College of Liberal Arts.

Minimum qualifications: Applicants are required to have in hand a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field and demonstrated experience in artifact conservation. Prior teaching experience, research publications, and success in obtaining external funding for research will be considered strengths. Applicants are encouraged to articulate how they may contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references as a single pdf file by email or mail to Search Committee Chair Dr. Deborah Carlson, Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4352 (dnc@tamu.edu<mailto:dnc@tamu.edu>).

The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University has 26 full-time faculty situated in four distinct programs: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and Nautical Archaeology. The Nautical Archaeology Program is closely affiliated with the Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL), the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation (CMAC), and the non-profit Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA). Texas A&M University is a leading public research university with over 62,000 students located in the city of College Station which is within 90 minutes of both Houston and Austin. Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

 

New Hampshire Boat Museum Seeking Executive Director

NHBoatMuseumLogoThe New Hampshire Boat Museum (NHBM), with a mission to inspire an understanding and appreciation of the unique role New Hampshire’s lakes play in people’s lives, seeks an experienced and enthusiastic Executive Director to take it to its next level. NHBM, located in Wolfeboro, on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire, just marked its 25th anniversary and is undertaking a capital campaign to construct a new museum building and increase its endowment. The new director will have the opportunity to work with the Board to complete the campaign, which is currently in the non-public phase, and to oversee the creation of the new museum facility on lakefront property that the NHBM has recently purchased. The new building will allow the museum to develop additional exhibits and experience-based educational programs to carry out its goals of celebrating the history and stories of life on New Hampshire’s lakes and providing programs that focus on learning through doing for people of all ages.


Opportunities of the Position
• Be part of a team that will create a new museum that will enable the NHBM to carry out its recently expanded mission of interpreting the multi-faceted story of New Hampshire’s lakes, from boating to social and cultural history to environmental stewardship and ecology.
• Work with a dedicated Board and Capital Campaign Committee to complete the $5.5 million Just Add Water campaign for a new facility and an endowment.
• Have a significant positive impact on a museum that is “on the cusp of something great” and truly make a difference in a museum and the community and region that it serves.
• Guide the museum as it positions itself as a family-oriented site offering experiential learning for all ages.
• Broaden the museum’s constituency as it reaches out to new audiences in new communities.
• Lead and inspire a small professional staff and a group of over 200 volunteers whose work is crucial to the success of the museum and its programs.
• Work with a Board that is active, engaged, and eager to learn more about the museum field.
• Enjoy the support of the town government, whose leaders view the museum as an asset to the community and are supportive of the campaign and expansion, as well as the support of area residents and businesses.
• Work collaboratively with other museums in the region through the NH Heritage Museum Trail.

Required knowledge, experience, and abilities
Academic Background
• Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Master’s degree in museum studies or similar field preferred.
• Knowledge of/interest in the history of boats, American history, marine environments and ecology a plus.
Experience
• 7-10 years of museum experience, including at least 3 in management. Small museum experience desirable.
• Knowledge of and experience with sound business/museum financial management practices; willingness to adopt a conservative approach to finances.
• Track record of developing proactive, entrepreneurial, and innovative approaches to problem solving.
• Strong marketing and public relations experience, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and communities. Fluency in current social media for communication and marketing preferred.
• Proven track record as a fundraiser. Experience with a capital campaign highly desirable.
• Experience with exhibit development helpful.
• Knowledge of best professional practices in all areas of the museum field.
Abilities
• Desire to work in a small museum and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
• Desire to lead, inspire, and motivate a small but enthusiastic staff, an active, engaged board with a willingness to expand their knowledge of the museum field, and a large dedicated volunteer corps.
• Willingness to work hard to ensure the success of the many different programs and events that take place during the busy summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day). This includes the ability to undertake moderate physical activity and work some evenings and weekends in season.
• Strong interpersonal skills. Outgoing, likes to meet people, be the face of the museum in the community.
• Flexibility. Ability to multi-task, work with interruptions.

More about the Museum
The New Hampshire Boat Museum was founded in 1992 with a goal of preserving the boating heritage of New Hampshire’s lakes. Today that mission has expanded to include the history and ecology of Lake Winnipesaukee and other freshwater bodies in the region. With the mission as a starting point, the Museum’s programs and exhibits
explore such diverse topics as the such diverse topics as the Native American experience; lakeside industries; the history and architecture of homes and boathouses; changing vacation patterns; lakeside camps; the lake environment; and transportation to the lake by stagecoach, train and car as well as by boat. With an annual budget of $350,000, a year-round full time staff of two, several seasonal employees, and a corps of over 200 talented and dedicated volunteers, the NHBM has a membership of 500 and serves close to 10,000 people annually through museum visits and onsite and outreach programs and events. The museum itself is open seven days a week Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

The Capital Campaign
The NHBM is in the quiet phase of Just Add Water, a $5.5 million Capital Campaign to build a new museum and increase its endowment. Landlocked for its first 25 years, NHBM is on the move to a new waterfront home where it will construct a new facility on Lake Winnipesaukee’s Back Bay. The 10,000 square foot museum will be open twelve months a year and will provide gallery space for changing and permanent exhibits; a children’s Discovery Center; a multi-purpose program and event space with a caterer’s kitchen; collections storage space; an expanded museum store; and office space. An architect has been chosen and conceptual drawings prepared. When the move to the new building is accomplished, the Museum plans to renovate its current building
for a four-season boatbuilding and restoration shop.

How to Apply
For full job description and application details, contact Executive Search Consultant Gail Nessell Colglazier at gncolglazier@gmail.com. Nominations welcome. NHBM is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum’s policy is to create a favorable work environment in which all employees are treated equally.

Download this announcement as a PDF.

Penobscot Marine Museum seeking Executive Director

The Board of Trustees is seeking an experienced, self-motivated Executive Director to lead the Penobscot Marine Museum located in Searsport, Maine. The director will be the public face and spokesperson for the museum; work with the staff and board to increase annual support as needed to sustain operations and facilitate new programs; refine and implement the museum’s vision for the future.

The successful applicant will have experience in not-for-profit management, fund raising and collaboration.

The museum comprises eight buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Our assets includes one of New England’s largest display of historic boats, a nationally known maritime art collection and one of the largest archives of historic photographs in Maine.

Send your resume to the Penobscot Marine Museum,   Attn: Dianne Smith, P.O. Box 489, Searsport, ME 04974 or to diannesmith@pmm-maine.org. Resume reviews will start November 6th and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The museum is an equal opportunity employer.