Lowell’s Boat Shop and Museum seeks a Program Director

Lowell's Boat Shop & MuseumLowell’s Boat Shop and Museum, located in Amesbury, Massachusetts, seeks a Program Director to support their mission through design, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs. The Program Director is responsible for daily operations of student programs: staff assignments, training, budget, and coordination with other staff; supervising museum educators and volunteers; and research, design, and delivery of LBS programs at the Museum, on the water, and in schools for K-12 students and teachers.   In addition, s/he will formalize and sustain a vocational high school level boat building apprentice program and increase access for underprivileged communities, develop an Education budget, and assist the Executive Director and development staff in identifying grant opportunities.

This is a full-time position which includes occasional evenings and weekend days; requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree in History, Education or a related field and three year’s experience coordinating and delivering education programs, preferably in a museum or non-profit institution.



Established in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States and is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory. Lowell’s is the only remaining survivor of the area’s world-renowned dory manufacturing industry that produced in excess of a quarter of a million dories over a period of two centuries. Building more than 2000 boats in 1911, this business was one of the first in the Nation to employ a seminal form of assembly line manufacturing.

With the founding of his company, Simeon Lowell made radical innovations to traditional boat design. Known for their efficiency, durability and sea worthiness, Lowell dories became the heart and soul of the Gloucester fishing fleet. In the waning days of the great fishing industry, recreational boaters turned to Lowell dories for the same qualities that attracted the fishermen. Rowing clubs, hunting camps, the Boy and Girl Scouts and the Lifesaving Service all sought Lowell dories and skiffs for their maritime experiences.

Conveyed through seven generations of the Lowell family, Lowell’s Boat Shop was passed to the Odell family in the 1980’s and then to the Newburyport Maritime Society in the 1990’s. In 2006, Lowell’s was purchased by Lowell’s Maritime Foundation, an independent non-profit group with the mission of leading this National Landmark and Working Museum through its third century of wooden boat building.

For more information, please visit our website: www.lowellsboatshop.com
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to info@lowellsboatshop.com.

Application deadline: May 15, 2018.


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Karen E. Smith, Ph.D., new Director of the Penobscot Marine Museum (photo PMM)

Penobscot Marine Museum, a history and arts museum with nationally-recognized collections, announced today that the Board of Trustees elected Karen E. Smith, Ph.D., as Executive Director effective April 19, 2018. Smith will join the Museum from the Cedar Falls Historical Society, where she served as Executive Director for six years.

“After a thorough and deliberate national search process, the Board of Trustees is delighted that Karen will lead our cherished Museum as we adapt to changing interests and needs of our visitors, and to rapid advancements in technology that can enhance public access to our nationally-recognized collections,” said Stephen J. Tall, President of the Board of Trustees. “Karen brings many years’ experience successfully growing the Cedar Falls Historical Society, when it had opportunities and challenges similar to ours. I am confident Karen is the right person at the right time to take the helm and lead our crew.”

While at the Cedar Falls Historical Society, Smith led work to define the society’s strategic vision, developed new public programs, built partnerships with other community organizations, created more hands-on opportunities, and refreshed their brand and marketing. As a result, visitorship increased from 6,400 in 2012 to over 14,400 in 2017.

“I am excited about this opportunity to lead the Penobscot Marine Museum and to further its dynamic, interdisciplinary approach,” said Karen Smith. “I am impressed by the many different ways the Museum preserves and interprets the Penobscot Bay region’s rich marine history throughout its campus and beyond—from its maritime painting and photography collections to its historic sea captain’s house and hands-on learning for all ages. I look forward to working with Stephen and the entire Board, the Museum staff and volunteers, and to becoming a part of the community in the coming months.”

Prior to joining the Historical Society, Smith worked at the Iowa Governor’s Residence as a curatorial research assistant, and the Old Capitol Museum and the Obermann Center, also in Iowa. She previously was a college instructor in writing and rhetoric, and was a volunteer manager and coordinator for a large social services agency. Smith obtained her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 2011. She has a B.A. in English from Earlham College in Indiana. Smith grew up in Marion, MA and has family in Maine and New England.

“After considering dozens of candidates from across the country, and giving careful thought to the needs of the Museum, we interviewed and vetted seven highly qualified museum professionals,” said Dianne Smith, trustee and chair of the search committee. “We were fortunate to have a very strong pool of candidates, a testament to the appeal of the region and Searsport, and the significant potential of the Museum to be a world-class institution.”

Penobscot Marine Museum is the oldest maritime museum in Maine. With twelve historic buildings, including a ship captain’s home, housed on its Searsport campus, Penobscot Marine brings Maine maritime history to life. Exhibits include hands-on activities for children and adults, marine paintings, scrimshaw, 19th century Chinese and Japanese pottery, paintings and textiles, historic Maine boats, a fisheries exhibit, and an heirloom vegetable garden. The Museum has over 200,000 historic photographs, and a maritime history research library. This summer’s exhibit will focus on ship models and their uses. A model pond will provide opportunities to sail and race models. Check the website for daily activities and events. The Museum is open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in October.

PMM’s Visitor Center is located at 2 Church Street, Searsport, Maine. For more information visit www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call the Visitors Center 207-548-0334 or Administrative Offices at 207-548-2529.

For more information, contact Sabrina Kettell, External Relations Director, skettell@pmm-maine.org, 207.548.2529 x 216

Amanda D. McMullen to lead New Bedford Whaling Museum New President & CEO

Amanda D. McMullen, New Bedford Whaling Museum New President and CEO.  Photo NBWM.

The Board of Trustees of the New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM) has announced the appointment of Amanda D. McMullen to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. NBWM conducted an international search to fill the position in partnership with Koya Leadership Partners, a retained executive search firm that specializes in leading searches for mission-driven clients.

McMullen will take the helm of a vibrant and healthy organization on May 7, 2018. As President and CEO, she will develop and articulate a vision for the Museum’s next chapter and will assume responsibility for communicating the Whaling Museum’s mission, vision and values to all constituencies. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, McMullen will develop and promote the strategies needed to build on the organization’s past successes, and will work to ensure the continued position of the Museum as the landmark cultural organization in the region and the preeminent whaling era resource in the country. McMullen brings more than 20 years of experience working with non-profits in senior management and fundraising positions to her new role.

Chair of the New Bedford Whaling Museum Board of Trustees Carol M. Taylor said, “We are delighted to welcome Amanda to the Whaling Museum and New Bedford.  With a strong record of leadership and accomplishments, she is poised to contribute to the current momentum and growth within the region’s arts and culture community. The Board is confident that Ms. McMullen will enhance the Museum’s impact and advance its mission and strategic priorities.”

First Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Executive Search Committee Anthony Sapienza said, “Amanda McMullen is an accomplished leader whom the Whaling Museum is proud to have as its next President and CEO. In addition to having a strong leadership track record, she is innovative, creative and skilled when it comes to building partnerships, and identifying and developing new opportunities.”

“I am excited to join the team at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and I look forward to working in partnership with the board, staff, and volunteers as we continue to play a critical role in understanding and celebrating the many vibrant stories of the greater New Bedford community,” said McMullen.

McMullen will be leaving her current position as Chief Operating Officer for the non-profit organization Meeting Street in Providence, Rhode Island, which also operates the Schwartz Center in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. As COO she directed programmatic, operational, marketing, and philanthropic activities for Meeting Street, which is a leader in education and child development and serves more than 5,000 children. Previously, McMullen served as Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Director, External Relations for Meeting Street. She directed corporate sponsorship activities for the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibitions and was the Director of Leadership Giving for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. McMullen also served as the Capital Campaign Coordinator for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

McMullen holds a Bachelor of Art degree from Syracuse University and is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island (Theta II Class). She is a recipient of both the 40 under 40 Award and the 2016 Chief Operating Officer of the Year/C-Suite Award from Providence Business News.

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world’s most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum houses a vast and valuable collection of fine and decorative art and artifacts; 25 galleries; an internationally known research library; the dramatic full skeletons of five whales; the Lagoda – an 89-foot half scale model of a full-rigged whaling ship; and the recently conserved Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World – North America’s longest painting.  A significant expansion was completed in 2016 with the opening of the Wattles Jacobs Education Center that gave the Museum a new library and 5,000 additional square feet of classroom and programming space to meet its growing educational mission.

The Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city’s historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $16, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.

Calvert Marine Museum Seeking Curator of Maritime History

CMM logoThis position was posted with CAMM earlier this year, the deadline has been extended and new details are available.  Please see below.

Job Title:                    Calvert MM Curator of Maritime History III
Closing Date/Time:     Wed. 4/11/18 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Salary:                         $64,956.00 – $80,608.00 Annually

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.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of historical research and collection management as applied to the programs of the Marine Museum.
  • Effective techniques of supervision
  • Use of hand tools and basic power tools.

Ability to:

  • Grow, manage, and develop the museum’s maritime collections.
  • Manage staff and volunteers, daily operations, and policy development and implementation.
  • Supervise staff engaged in collection work.
  • Move heavy objects.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Deal effectively with the public.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Qualifications (Note: Any acceptable combination of education, training and relevant experience that provides the above knowledges, abilities and skills may be substituted on a full-time year for year basis.)

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.

Physical Demands:
Requires long periods of standing, frequent walking indoors, repeated bending, crouching, stooping, stretching or reaching; recurring lifting of objects up to 49 pounds; operation of keyboard devices.

Unusual Demands:
May be occasionally be required to work weekends or holidays.
Worker is exposed to hazards of using tools and shop equipment.

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:




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.

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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 <uslhs.org>

The position will report to the Society’s Historian Candace Clifford. Please send letters of interest with a resume to Ms. Clifford at Candace@uslhs.org 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 collections@seany.org. 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 WhalingHistory.org.  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.

WhalingHistory.org – 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.