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U.S. Lighthouse Society Seeking 2018 Summer Research Assistant/Intern

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: 2018 Summer Research Assistant / Intern

The U.S. Lighthouse Society is seeking a summer research assistant to copy historic documents relating to the U.S. Lighthouse Service and to make the documents accessible to the public through the Society’s new online catalog.

National Archives

Research side of National Archives building, downtown D.C. Photo by Candace Clifford

The position will require camera work at the National Archives, Washington, D.C., to make digital copies; processing the images on a computer using Photoshop and Acrobat Reader; and in many cases, uploading the files to an online database. The research assistant will also help the Society’s historian answer research requests from Society members.

Camera, computer, and research skills are needed for this position. An interest in and/or knowledge of lighthouse history is helpful but not required.

This is a full-time, 10-week position, paying $12 an hour. We anticipate that three hours will be spent copying records at the Archives each day and three hours doing computer work. An additional 2 hours will be devoted to a research project that generates an article for the Society’s quarterly journal, The Keeper’s Log; web pages; or posts for Lighthouse Society Newsblog.

This position will support several objectives of the United States Lighthouse Society, namely: maintaining a central repository of lighthouse information, conducting research on lighthouse history, and responding to requests for information and assistance. To learn more about the Society, visit their website at <>

The position will report to the Society’s Historian Candace Clifford. Please send letters of interest with a resume to Ms. Clifford at by April 16th.

Submitted by Candace Clifford, March 16, 2018

Collections Care Internship – Application Deadline Tomorrow

Are you looking for an exciting internship that will provide you hand-on experience and skills in a museum environment? If so, the South Street Seaport Museum’s Collections Internship is for you!

The South Street Seaport Museum (SSSM) is dedicated to telling the vital story of the foundation of New York and its link to its great natural harbor. The Museum houses exhibition galleries, two working nineteenth century print shops, a library, a maritime craft center, and a fleet of historic vessels on Pier 16. The Collections Department is currently in the middle of the first wall-to-wall inventory of its 27,000+ collections including paintings; drawings, prints and photographs; ship models; historic artifacts related to the lower Manhattan businesses of the 19th century; and a 65,000+ archival collections, including business and ship documents, manuscripts and ephemera.

As a Seaport Museum intern you be a member of the small, dynamic Collections team and will be able to make an enormous contribution to the work we do. You will also have the possibility to meet with other department heads, participate in meetings, and assist in summer community events. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain Collections experience and be involved in the day-to-day operations of the Museum that tell the history of “Where New York Begins”!

Intern responsibilities will include, but are not limited to assisting the Collections, Curatorial, and Registration staff with the following tasks:

  • Cataloging artifacts in the Museum’s collections management database
  • Assist in organizing and digitizing archives materials
  • Monitoring and reporting on exhibition conditions as they pertain to exhibited collections
  • Assisting with the cleaning of exhibits and artifacts on display
  • Collect ideas and draft posts for the museum’s social media platforms on a monthly basis
  • If time and interest permits, short-term, independent research projects related to the collection can be designed

Candidates should be currently enrolled in or should have recently finished a museum-related graduate or undergraduate program, possess basic computer skills, an interest in collections/registration work, and the ability to lift 30 pounds.

Internships last for a minimum of 12 weeks beginning in early June 2018 and may be part or full time. Interns must work a minimum of 2 days/week with an 10am-5pm (full day); sorry no half day schedule permitted. This internship position is primarily for college credit.

Deadline: March 16th, 2018
Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to the attention of the Collections Manager and Registrar at Please no phone or in person inquiries.

World’s Most Comprehensive Whaling History Database Released

The New Bedford Whaling Museum, in partnership
with Mystic Seaport, has developed New Bedford Whaling Museumthe world’s most comprehensive whaling history database and it is now available for all to use at  Researchers, genealogists, students, teachers, and history buffs alike will find it to be the most robust and useful repository of whaling history documentation and scholarship.

 The data presented combines many sources including logbooks, journals, ship registers, newspapers, business papers, and custom house records. Users will be able to find and trace whaling voyages and ships to specific logbooks, as well as the list of crew members aboard most of the voyages. The foundational fabric of Whaling History features three databases that have been stitched together – the American Offshore Whaling Voyage (AOWV) database, the American Offshore Whaling Log database, and an extensive whaling crew list database. All data is open to the public and is downloadable for any researcher to use with other tools and systems. – connects all things whaling for researchers, scholars, genealogists and enthusiasts

 The American Offshore Whaling Voyage (AOWV) database, which was spearheaded by Judith Lund, scholar and former curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, includes information about all known American offshore (or “pelagic”) whaling voyages from the 1700s to the 1920s. It does not include the modern factory ship voyages of the mid-20th century. Information is most complete for the 19th century. The voyages included in the database sailed from, or were under the registry of, what is now the United States.

 Extensive records of American whaling in the form of daily entries in whaling voyage logbooks and contain a great deal of information about where and when the whalemen found whales. The second part of the database’s foundation is the American Offshore Whaling Log database, which includes information from 1,381 logbooks from American offshore whaling voyages between 1784 and 1920. These data were extracted from the original whaling logbooks during three separate scientific research projects, one conducted by Lieutenant Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury in the 1850s, the second conducted by Charles Haskins Townsend in the 1930s, and the third conducted by a team from the Census of Marine Life project lead by Tim Denis Smith between 2000 and 2010. The data file includes 466,134 data records assembled in a common format suitable for spatial and temporal analysis of American whaling throughout the 19th century.

 The third database that Whaling History is built from is extensive whaling voyage crew lists from more than 5,300 voyages. Crew lists for whaling voyages recorded at the customs houses in Fall River and Salem, Massachusetts and in New London, Connecticut have been compiled as part of various projects and from various sources over the years. Crew lists for New Bedford voyages have been compiled using records kept by the chaplains of the New Bedford Port Society from 1840 to the end of whaling in New Bedford. These crew lists are now in a single searchable, sortable database.

 In the next phase of the Whaling History, Museums and other institutions’ collection items will be able to be linked to the database, giving researchers the ability to see a robust and dynamic picture of whaling history and artifacts.

Job Opportunity: Curator of Education, North Carolina Maritime Museum, Southport

Note, this position is only open until March 7, 2018.  Please respond immediately if interested. 

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is looking for a Curator of Education. To view a full job posting, please click here.


**This position is posted at recruitment salary of $28,875-$37,042 and at
salary grade equivalent 61**

This position will be located at:
NC Maritime Museum at Southport
204 E. Moore Street
Southport, NC  28461

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is one of three maritime museums sponsored by the state that lies along the eastern portion of NC. The Southport branch focuses on the maritime history of the lower Cape Fear River, and contains a detailed and fascinating collection that covers shipwrecks, piracy, the Civil War, commercial fishing, hurricanes, and a number of other natural and manmade events that have left a permanent mark on the North Carolina coast.

Description of Work:
This position is part of the NC Maritime Museum System within the Division of History Museums. Primary work station is the NC Maritime Museum at Southport with travel to schools and speaking engagements. Regular work week is Tuesday – Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Job requires weekend work and some evenings for programming purposes.

Penobscot Marine Museum New Website – New Approach and Design

CAMM Members might be interested in taking a look at the new Penobscot Marine Museum web site. It uses an unusual approach to their design, leading with collections on their landing page.


The new homepage of the Penobscot Marine Museum, located in Searsport, Maine, invites website visitors to search their collections (photo PMM).

Curator Ben Fuller would be interested in comments about the approach in general, as well as feedback on their online access to the National Fisherman Collection .  The museum is currently working on digitizing the last 5,000 images in the collection.

 CAMM Members: If you have an exhibit, website, or other museum component on which you would like CAMM Members and CAMM blog subscribers to comment or provide feedback, please send to to be featured on this site.

Calvert Marine Museum Seeking Curator of Maritime History

This position was listed with CAMM back in December and has a new closing date.

Job Title:      Curator of Maritime History – Marine MuseumCMM logo
Closing Date/Time: February 28, 2018
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.

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:

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:


CAMM Conference Schedule, Room Reservations and Rennie Travel Grants

The 2018 CAMM Conference is quickly approaching. Please register and make your travel arrangements as soon as possible for our Annual Conference taking place April 4-6, 2018, hosted by the National Museum of Bermuda.

cocoreefLODGING:  Most immediately, the deadline to guarantee the CAMM room rate at the  conference hotel is this Thursday, February 1, 2018. The conference hotel is the Coco Reef Bermuda Hotel.  The CAMM room rates for hotel: Oceanview ($229 per night) or Beachfront ($259) plus 11.75% Government tax, Resort Levy $12.00 per person and Service Charge of $11.00 per person. A two night deposit of time of booking is required. Call direct: (441)236-5416 or email: to book at the special rate noting the CAMM Conference.
To book online, go to: and go to Reservations, enter “CAMM” into the Group Code box for the special CAMM rate.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: The Conference Schedule is also now available online on the Annual Conference page.
Early conference registration is Tuesday, April 3, 2018 5-6pm Coco Reef Hotel.  Registration begins 8am at Bermuda College (outside North Hall), Wednesday, April 4.  All conference sessions, tours, and social events will take place April 4-6, with the closing dinner Friday evening. A full schedule listing of presentations, tours and events is in the Conference Program.  An optional tour of St. Georges will take place Saturday, April 7 (sign up on registration form).

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: There are several payment options available, including PayPal, credit card, and check.
Click here for a PDF registration form.

Please apply for a LEONARD RENNIE PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL GRANT if you need financial assistance to attend the conference. CAMM offers grants in support of professional development (including attendance at the CAMM Conference) for staff of member museums. Grants for 50% of total cost of travel, registration and lodging are available up to $750.  Monies are limited so apply early. Download application: