Job Posting:
Visiting Curator, Amherst History Museum

The Amherst History Museum opened in 1916 and is governed by the Amherst Historical Society, which was founded in 1899. Housed in the 1750-era Simeon Strong House, the AHS collaborates with people to share Amherst’s stories and enrich the lives of everyone in the community. The Museum is filled with decorative arts, paintings, household implements, agricultural tools and other pieces of history from the nearly three hundred years since Amherst was settled.

Job Summary

The Visiting Curator will work closely with the AHS Collections Committee to re-vision and prepare room exhibits, to create related virtual exhibits for amhersthistory.org, and to design stand alone pop-up exhibits for community partner locations. This opportunity is generously funded by a SHARP grant from MassHumanities which ends in November, 2022.

Supervision

The Visiting Curator will work under the general guidance of the head of the Collections Committee, and will work closely with the AHS webmaster, social media coordinator and others to engage the public with exhibits and digital resources.

Responsibilities

    1. Re-design, prepare, and install an exhibit room featuring Mabel Loomis Todd, founder of the Amherst Historical Society and first editor of Emily Dickinson’s poetry. This room includes a very rare, original dress worn by Emily Dickinson.  
    2. Design, prepare, and install an exhibit room on Amherst history for the southeast room of the Amherst History Museum. 
    3. Write labels, panels, and essays for new exhibits, assist with production, and arrange for images of materials to appear on the AHS website and social media for expanded accessibility.
    4. Compose press releases and assist in promoting exhibit opening events. 
    5. Make arrangements with community partner organizations in fully accessible sites for pop-up displays related to the new museum exhibits.
    6. Create and maintain existing database records of materials used in new exhibits.
    7. Direct and supervise college student interns and volunteers.
    8. Work closely with AHS Treasurer on purchasing necessary supplies and submitting timesheets. 
    9. Attend virtual meetings of the AHS Board of Trustees.

Experience and abilities

    • Bachelors Degree in museum studies, public history, or related field, Master’s degree preferred, plus 3 to 5 years of related experience in museum work. 
    • Excellent planning and time management skills.
    • Ability to multi-task and work on several projects at one time. 
    • Excellent research and writing skills. 
    • Strong verbal communications.
    • Knowledge of exhibit design, development, and preparation with limited funds.
    • Experience in developing virtual exhibits.

Stipend:  $10,000 

Schedule of work: May to September, 2022

To apply: 

Send resume, with names of 3 references, plus a writing sample of 300 – 500 words (e.g., exhibit description, panel text, labels, etc.) to: jobs@amhersthistory.org or to Grant Committee, Amherst Historical Society, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002.  

For priority consideration, please apply by April 30, 2022.