The Nantucket Historical Association is opening a search for a Collections Manager

The Nantucket Historical Association seeks an innovative, agile, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable professional to serve as Collections Manager. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities are encouraged to apply.

The Collections Manager reports to the Director of Collections and Research Services and oversees the day-to-day activities of the Gosnold Collections Center. The Collections Manager is responsible for the registration, cataloguing, movement, storage, and conservation management of all NHA artifact collections. They oversee occasional interns, contractors, and volunteers; contribute to the preparation and installation of exhibitions; participate in public programming and social media efforts; and provide reference services related to the artifact collections. This position is full time and exempt from overtime. Salary is commensurate with experience. For a full position description, please visit:

MIT MUSEUM Assistant Curator Job Opening, Hart Nautical Collections 

As a member of the Collections Team, reporting to the Director of Collections, the Assistant Curator, Hart Nautical Collections, will be responsible for carrying out research; and developing, interpreting, and managing an active collecting program, including oversight of conservation and preservation activities, all consistent with the Museum’s mission. In liaison with MIT faculty and staff, scholars, and specialists, develop exhibitions; develop and contribute to educational and public programs; and provide public service by responding to inquiries about areas of expertise within maritime history, marine technology and ocean science. In 2020, the Museum entered a period of significant transition to begin dual relocation endeavors to a new museum building (opening 2022) and new collections processing and storage facility (off campus, opening 2023). During this 3-year period, a major focus of the Assistant Curator’s efforts will be on a wide range of activities and tasks to ensure the successful opening of the new museum and relocation of the museum’s nautical collections. Requirements include: Bachelor’s degree in maritime history/studies, history of technology and/or science, or related field. Knowledge of U.S. history. Minimum of 3 years of experience in curatorial and collections work. Demonstrated knowledge of interpreting, developing and managing museum collections. Deep familiarity and practical experience with collections database and management systems. Experience identifying and developing conservation and preservation treatments for the varied artifacts in maritime collections. Experience handling, packing, and moving collections. Knowledge of developing and maintaining museum exhibitions and exhibition-related programs. Demonstrated excellent writing abilities. For complete job description, see MIT Museum website:

Job Opening: Museum and Historic Site Administrator 2, Erie Maritime Museum & U.S. Brig Niagara

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
Do you have a passion for history–especially maritime history, love working with museum exhibits and collections, and enjoy managing complex operations? If so, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums (BHSM) of the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is looking for an experienced director to manage the Erie Maritime Museum and US Brig/Flagship Niagara in Erie County.
Please use this link to find further information and application materials, including contact information and salary range: posting closes August 18, 2020.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Blogs and Podcasts

San Francisco Maritime NHP introduces the new podcast Better Lives, Bitter Lies. This fun and educational audio series, created and hosted by park guides Anne Monk and Sabrina Oliveros, will premiere on the Park’s website ( on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, all manner of ships sailed into San Francisco Bay, bringing people drawn by the promise of a better life. For many of these newcomers, seeking new lives meant living with ideas – created about their destination, their destinies, and themselves – that shaped both their personal histories and the history of San Francisco’s waterfront. Better Lives, Bitter Lies examines several of these ideas, using San Francisco Bay Area points of interest as springboards for lively, enlightening discussions.

Beginning with the first episode, “Chrysopylae” – which reviews popular beliefs about the naming of the Golden Gate Bridge – Monk and Oliveros use historical documents, firsthand accounts, literature, music, and conversations with experts to examine how these ideas took the form of myth, mistruth, propaganda, or outright falsehood.

A new episode will appear every two weeks on the Park’s podcast page:

Future episodes will include “Gold Mountain,” “Paper Children,” “Daughters of Joy,” “A Deadly Trade,” “Little Brown Brothers,” and a feature on the multifaceted stories carried by the park’s iconic square-rigged cargo ship, Balclutha. Check the park’s website and social media channels for future releases!

Also, the Park has its own official blog now at

Virtual Tall Ships Festival Project

The Ocean Institute is looking at creating a virtual tall ships festival:

Dear CAMM Colleagues,

Like so many of you, Ocean Institute had been working hard to come up with creative ways to stay productive and mission focused during these difficult times. Following fellow CAMM members has been inspiring, the resolve and passion demonstrated has been amazing to watch.

Historically Ocean Institute would have been hosting the 36th Annual Tall Ships festival in Dana Point Harbor, CA on September 11-13, 2020. Unfortunately, traditional events have had to make quick adjustments or cancel for the 2020 season.

This year in an effort of unity and creativity we are looking to hold a virtual festival with a wide reach of ships and maritime institutions from around the world.

We will share additional information as the event draws near, but wanted to reach out to our ocean partners to encourage you to participate!


We have an innovative and interactive program brewing and we would love our maritime friends across the nation (and beyond) to join us!

Intrigued? Please fill out the brief form below and/or shoot us a quick note and we will arrange a time to Zoom with you to share more about the program.

We are hopeful that we can band together to offer a special experience that celebrates the beauty and splendor of Tall Ships while shining a light on the related organizations and programs.

Thank you!

Dan Goldbacher, Director, Maritime Programs – Ocean Institute                                                                                                                                                                                                609-226-3308