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Public Historian

Part-time, 7.5 hours/week ($27/hour) beginning early 2019

The Public Historian will play an important role in supporting the preservation efforts of the Greenwich Historical Society by supporting the work of the Landmark Recognition Program and Greenwich Preservation Network. You will help share the stories of the people and places of Greenwich through research assistance, writing and public presentations.

Responsibilities:
  • Provide support to Greenwich Landmark Recognition chairperson and committee in selecting candidate sites, researching homes/structures, locating and scanning historic photographs, organizing tours and annual event.
  • Provide support to Greenwich Preservation Network chairperson with administrative details and research needs.
  • Perform research on a variety of topics, particularly regarding the ownership and architectural history of private and public structures in response to research requests.
  • Lead walking tours of local neighborhoods, make presentations to local community organizations.
  • Write content for website, social media, local media, newsletter, etc.
  • Work closely with volunteer committees as needed.
Requirements

You have a degree in Public History or related field and have a minimum of 2 years of experience working with historical collections and issues related to historic preservation.

You are:

  • Excited and comfortable working with the public to explore local history.
  • An excellent writer, researcher and communicator.
  • Able to work independently on projects as required and collaboratively with staff to achieve organizational goals.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Have experience scanning photographs and performing basic image editing tasks using Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.

To apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives. Applications accepted through January 21, 2019.

Background on the Greenwich Landmark Recognition Program and the Preservation Network

The Greenwich Landmark Recognition program promotes the importance of historically or culturally significant structures in town by researching and documenting their history of ownership and noting their most important attributes. All research is made publically available in the Library and Archives. Several structures are selected and recognized each year in this voluntary program with an annual recognition event scheduled each spring. Since the program’s inception in 1987, over 300 local structures have been recognized and documented.

The aim of the Greenwich Preservation Network is to outline potential economic and governmental incentives for preservation of historic and architecturally significant structures–residential, commercial and institutional–and to publicize and develop programs to educate the community on local resources.

Archival Processing Intern

Paid internship beginning in January 2019

Position Description

The Archival Processing Intern will work under the direction of the Curator of Library and Archives on processing and description of one or more archival collections. This will include arranging and re-housing collection material in appropriate enclosures.  The intern will perform research as necessary to create scope and content notes, develop finding aid(s) to provide intellectual access to collections and may prepare collection inventories and content lists for use by staff and researchers. Digitization (scanning) of selected collection items and application of metadata to digital images may be required. Collection information will be recorded by the intern in an ArchivesSpace database.

This is a paid internship ($18/hour) with a duration of 175–180 hours. Internship will begin in January 2019. Weekly work schedule (Monday through Friday) is flexible based on academic commitments.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program pursuing a degree in library and information science, archival studies/administration, museum studies or a related field
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Excel and Word). Experience with ArchivesSpace collection management software a plus
  • Experience using a flatbed scanner and performing basic imaging processing
  • Familiarity with primary sources and experience working with and researching in archives
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential
  • Good organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently after initial training
  • Ability to climb ladders, bend and stoop to access and move collection enclosures and lift archival boxes weighting up to 40 lbs

To apply

Please send resume, letter of interest and contact information for three references to Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives at cshields@greenwichhistory.org.

Current Volunteer Openings

Is Gardening Your Game?—Join the Green Team!

We are seeking volunteers to join the Green Team, a group that assists with the planting and maintenance of the Bush-Holley Historic Site’s flower and vegetable gardens. The heirloom vegetable garden is planted each year based on journals kept by artist Elmer MacRae in the early 1900s when the house was his home and the center of the Cos Cob art colony. MacRae’s notes have left us a perfect source for interpretation of our beautiful historic landscape. 

The Green Team provides a wonderful opportunity for beginners, master gardeners, scout troops and garden club members who seek a meaningful, hands-on opportunity. Perks include sharing in the garden’s bounty, recognition in our annual report and at our annual volunteer reception, and an invitation to the annual Green Team dinner held each autumn to celebrate the harvest season.

For more information, please contact Michele Couture, Director of Operations and Visitor Services, or or cell 203-615-8904.