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As part of its continuing service to the field, Maine Archives and Museums' "News & Opportunities for the Field" allows members and non-members to post notices of their announcements, job and internship openings, workshops, and other news of interest to the field. MAM approves all postings and reserves the right to edit or reject postings as it deems appropriate. This service is free to members; non-members will be charged $20 (Individual Membership is only $25).

MEMBERS: To post your item to this bulletin board, simply use your username and password to log into the site (upper right of your screen), then navigate to this page and click "Add Post."

NON-MEMBERS: To submit your bulletin board post, please email info@mainemuseums.org.

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  • 21 Apr 2014 1:21 PM | Anonymous member
    The Belfast Historical Society is pleased to announce that the exhibit, "Belfast During the Civil War , The Home Front" is now live and online at the Maine Memory Network.

    The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, in cooperation with the Belfast Free Library, Senior College and the Game Loft, has posted a permanent exhibit on the Maine Memory Network website (civilwar.mainememory.net) telling the story of the Belfast home front during the Civil War. The exhibit features information about the role of the Belfast ladies, letters from soldiers, photographs and the story of the 1864 Belfast Civil War quilt.

    The exhibit is part of the Local and Legendary project recounting Maine in the Civil War, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ten Maine communities are participating during 2013 to 2015. The Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Historical Society are acting in an advisory capacity and are providing technical support.

     


     
  • 18 Apr 2014 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society invite historical societies, museums, and archives with Civil War collections--particularly those in the Greater Bangor area--to participate in a community history fair at the Civil War Legacies in Maine statewide symposium on May 10 in Hermon. Display tables (6-8') will be provided free of charge. We welcome organizations to bring table top displays of historical material and other resources of interest. The symposium begins at 9AM and ends at 12:45PM, with the fair taking place from 12:15-12:45. Fair participants must register individually for the conference at the discounted rate of $7 and are welcome to arrive starting at 8:30AM to set up; or, displays may be set up at the 10:45AM break.

    To reserve a display table, please email Janet Lyons, MHC project consultant, at janet.lyons@outlook.com by May 5. For full symposium details and online registration, visit http://www.mainehumanities.org/special-programs/civil-war/symposium.html.
  • 17 Apr 2014 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Maritime Education Summit

    MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY

    CASTINE, MAINE

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    17-19 October 2014

    CAMPUS CULTURE AND CHANGE

    Students, staff, and faculty are invited to submit a proposal of 300 – 500 words that relates to the topics below or other topics of interest that fit the general themes of Campus Culture and Change or Maritime Education. Presentations at the conference will include a poster session, panel discussions, research papers, and workshops. Students, staff, and faculty may submit proposals for more than one type of presentation. 

    Example topics are listed below; authors are encouraged to propose other topics of interest

    Campus Culture and Change in Maritime Education

    Education: 

    • Pedagogy—Share Best Practices
    • Environmental Content
    • Educational Standards
    • Technology
    • Humanities

    Operations/Facilities:

    • Grants & Research
    • Alternative Energy
    • Cruise/School Ship Program

    Leadership:

    • Regiment & Independent Leadership Development
    • Opportunities for Women
    • Regimental Challenges

    Student Experience:

    • Health & Wellness
    • Extra-Curricular Activities
    • LGBTQIA


    The proposal must be submitted in English and should include the objectives of the research or paper, any research methods used, the results, and conclusions. All proposals must include the paper title, full names, titles, and email addresses of all authors, as well as the full mailing address of the principal author. Presentations will be scheduled anywhere from 20 to 100 minutes. Please indicate in your proposal the type of presentation and the amount of time you want for your presentation. Proposals are due 09 May, 2014.

    Proposals received after the due date will only be considered if there is room in the conference schedule. Successful authors will receive notification of acceptance on or before 01 June, 2014.

    More information about the conference will be available at http://mes2014.mma.edu. Information will be updated frequently so please visit this website to obtain the latest news and information

    Important Dates

    09 May, 2014: Submission of Proposals for Review

    01 June, 2014: Notification of Acceptance

    22 August, 2014: Complete Presentation Descriptions and Papers Due

  • 07 Apr 2014 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    With the approval of the Advocacy and Executive Committees, MAM president Jessica Routhier recently wrote to University of Southern Maine President Theodora Kalikow to protest the decision to eliminate the American and New England Studies graduate program. Similar letters were also sent to USM Provost Michael Stevenson, University of Maine Chancellor James Page, Maine Senate President Justin Alfond, and Governor Paul LePage. 


    April 7, 2014

    Theodora Kalikow, President
    University of Southern Maine
    Office of the President
    707 Law Building
    Portland, Maine 04104

    Dear President Kalikow,

    The Association of Maine Archives and Museums (MAM), the state’s only membership organization dedicated to “supporting and promoting Maine’s collecting institutions,” is adding its voice to those that have already expressed dismay over the University of Southern Maine’s decision to terminate the American and New England Studies master’s program. As representatives of our field--including museums, historical societies, libraries, archives, other cultural organizations, and those who provide services for them--we feel that the ANES program is important for the health of both our industry and the state’s economy.

    At MAM we have a mounting concern that we must do more to attract, train, and empower the next generation of leaders for our field. ANES has long been the only museum studies/public history graduate program in the state, and while we certainly wish there were more, it alone has done a remarkable job of turning out dedicated, capable young scholars with tangible and employable skills. The vast majority of MAM’s member institutions--which range from the Portland Museum of Art and the Abbe Museum to the all-volunteer Pittston Literary and Historical Society and others--have had an ANES graduate as a staff member, intern, volunteer, or trustee. In my professional and personal experience (I took two ANES courses as a special student in 1999 and 2000), the ANES program is a model of what USM should be striving to achieve with the idea of a “metropolitan university.” If you share the often-expressed concern that our talented young people must leave Maine to find opportunities, then the elimination of this unique graduate program, and the resulting migration of our best and brightest to Boston in order to attend analogous programs, is emphatically a step in the wrong direction.

    If, like we often do at MAM, you are battling a misconception that museums and other cultural organizations do not contribute valuably to the state’s economy, and that for that reason they do not represent practical or viable career tracks or business models, I urge you to visit MaineMuseums.org/About and take a look at our Economic Impact Statement, which summarizes the positive impact of our member institutions throughout the state. In short, our members--many staffed by graduates of ANES--employ hundreds, generate millions in revenue, and attract millions of visitors to Maine. To eliminate the ANES program would be to sever an artery that feeds not only Maine’s museum and archive community, but also its tourism industry. We urge you to work with the University of Maine system and the state to reconsider this short-sighted act and restore the American and New England Studies master’s program.

    Sincerely,

    Jessica Skwire Routhier, President
    Maine Archives and Museums

  • 05 Apr 2014 2:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

     

    March 18, 2014

     

    Contact: Elizabeth Nash, Marketing & Event Manager, Maine Historical Society, 207-774-1822 ext 206, enash@mainehistory.org

     

    Maine Genealogical Society Spring Workshop with Maureen Taylor, “The Photo Detective”

     

    Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS) and the Maine Genealogical Society team up on Saturday, April 5, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm for a spring workshop in Augusta.  Keynote speaker Maureen Taylor, the “Photo Detective” (www.maureentaylor.com), present on topics relating to historic photo analysis.

     

    Sessions include Identifying and Dating Family Photographs, Preserving Family Photographs – 1839 to Present, Hair-steria: Celebrities and Their Historical Look-Alikes, and The Last Muster: Photographs and Stories from the American Revolution. The Dating and Preserving sessions include a special focus on Civil War photography.

    Workshop Location: Augusta Elks Club, 397 Civiv Center Drive, Augusta. Registration is required. Cost: $40 MGS/MHS members; $50 non-members. Includes lunch. To register:
    http://conference.maineroots.org/.

     

    Maine Historical Society

    489 Congress Street

    Portland, ME 04101

    www.mainehistory.org

    207-774-1822

  • 02 Apr 2014 9:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 26, 2014
    Contact:  Raphaelle A. Silver
    207.626.8400

    03/26/2014 05:03 PM EDT

    AUGUSTA - Numerous Maine corporations have received mailings recently from a business operating under the name Corporate Records Service, whose address is usually listed as 125 Western Ave. #338 Augusta, ME 04330-7252. These unsolicited mailings include a form titled "2014 - Annual Records Solicitation Form" and an offer from Corporate Records Service to prepare documents "to satisfy the annual corporate records for your corporation" for a fee of $125. This is not being sent on behalf of the Department of the Secretary of State, and the records described are not required to be filed with the Secretary of State. 


    The solicitation correctly states that Corporate Records Services is not a government agency. However, the form of the mailing and the way the information is presented may create the impression that this is an official government communication. The form provided by Corporate Records Service is not a document prescribed or recognized by the Department of the Secretary of State. 

    The form provided by Corporate Records Service is not an official annual report and will not be accepted as an annual report if submitted to the Secretary of State's Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions. Additionally, the preparation of these records does not satisfy the requirements to file the annual report with the Secretary of State. The legal deadline to file annual reports with the Secretary of State's office is June 1st, and those reports may be filed on line: http://icrs.informe.org/nei-sos-icrs/ICRS .

    Please contact the Division of Corporations at (207) 624-7752 should you have any further questions or concerns regarding these solicitations. Any corporation that has questions about the solicitation is also encouraged to obtain advice from its lawyer or business advisor.
  • 01 Apr 2014 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Narramissic Summer Internship

    Mid-June – August (exact dates are negotiable)

    25 hours per week

    $1,500 Stipend plus living quarters

    Bridgton Historical Society has a graduate or undergraduate-level internship available for the summer of 2014 at Narramissic, the Peabody-Fitch farm in South Bridgton.  The Narramissic Summer Intern is responsible for staffing the house during regular open hours in July and August. Duties include conducting guided tours, performing light housekeeping and maintenance, and assisting with workshops and events. Interns are also expected to undertake a special project that fits with institutional needs and the intern’s interests and skills. Projects typically involve activities such as cataloging a portion of the collection, or researching and designing a program or exhibit.

    Narramissic is in a remote location, situated on approximately 25 acres of fields, with spectacular mountain views.  It includes a house, built in 1797, a barn, and a workshop with a functioning, restored, blacksmith’s forge. Based on extensive knowledge of the family’s activities and a remarkably intact collection, the house is furnished to reflect life in the 1850s on a New England hill farm.

    Please email a letter of interest, resume, and at least three personal references to info@bridgtonhistory.org.
  • 01 Apr 2014 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Early this year, MAM  signed onto the Community Nonprofit Letter in support of LD1664, proposed legislation to restore incentives for donations to charitable organizations like archives and museums. We also expressed our support of the bill individually to members of the Taxation Committee.

    The community letter was drafted by the Maine Association of Non-profits and was presented at a public hearing on January 22. The bill has been in committee since then and various compromise efforts have been considered.  Late last week, Brenda Peluso, Director of Public Policy and Operations at the Maine Association of Non-Profits, sent this update, thanking the signors of the letters: 

    "Just a quick note to let you all know that the taxation committee voted out a compromise bill today unanimously.  While it is not ideal, we do feel like it is the best we could have gotten this year.  I have heard from more than one legislator that if it were not for all of your good advocacy on this issue, this bill would have died in committee two months ago - if it had even made it out of Legislative Council to be considered.

    The compromise looks like this:
    • for tax year 2014 - no relief from the cap
    • for tax year 2015 - tax payers will be able to deduct an additional $10K in charitable donations above the itemized cap
    • for tax year 2016 - tax payers will be able to deduct and additional $18K in charitable donations above the itemized cap
    • for tax year 2017 and beyond - all charitable deductions will be exempt from the cap

    Because this passed unanimously out of committee, it should go under the gavel in both the House and Senate with no issues and the Governor has indicated he will sign the bill.

    We look forward to taking another run at this next year and encourage you to ask candidates for public office during this upcoming election season how they feel about restoring full deductibility for charitable contributions."

    MAM was proud to be a part of this advocacy effort on behalf of all nonprofits in Maine.  Please visit our Advocacy page for more about our recent and ongoing initiatives.

    UPDATE: On April 8, 2014, MAM followed up with the following message to the Appropriations Committee: 

    Dear Senator/Congressman/Congresswoman,

    We're contacting you today to ask you to support the compromise version of LD 1664, An Act to Encourage Charitable Contributions, fund it, and exempt it from the Appropriations Table.  As the taxation committee unanimously intended, this hard fought, negotiated compromise bill was designed to be revenue neutral when coupled with the Governor’s bill on medical expense deductions, LD 1795.

     

    The Association of Maine Archives and Museums is the state's only membership organization dedicated to "supporting and promoting Maine's collecting institutions." From the Portland Museum of Art and the Maine Maritime Museum to the smallest local historical societies, our members act as vital economic drivers for the state and their communities, provide essential public educational services, and, of course, do the important work of preserving and publicly presenting a shared cultural heritage in which we can all take pride as we anticipate Maine's bicentennial in 2020. We urge you to review our new, statewide Economic Impact Statement (MaineMuseums.org/About) and see how the data demonstrate that our member institutions employ hundreds, raise millions of dollars in revenue, and attract millions of visitors to the state. To achieve all this, they depend upon the generosity of private donors in fulfilling their missions that benefit all citizens of the state. Membership fees, fundraising events, and capital gifts (in the form of endowed investments)--not government or other grant funds--comprise the majority of our members' regular operating income each year.

     

    Passage of LD1664 will let Maine's collecting institutions--and so many other worthy non-profits in the state--continue to operate in an independent and financially sustainable way as we serve the state and its citizens. The compromise bill sends a message that charitable giving is broadly valued by our state, and that we are all committed to nurturing a culture of giving here.

     

    Very truly yours,

     

    Jessica Skwire Routhier, President

    Erin I. Bishop, Ph.D., Director

    Maine Archives and Museums

  • 01 Apr 2014 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The interpretive farm assistant works closely with the Historic Farm
    Manager in delivering educational farm programs for school children. Using
    living history interpretive methods, the farm assistant helps to
    demonstrate and teach the chores, tasks, and jobs that were traditionally
    performed by males, around the period of 1870.   All training is provided.


    Specifically, the interpretive farm assistant:

    *Helps the Farm Manager with interpreting early life in rural Maine during
    educational programs for students of all ages by sharing accurate
    historical information about the museum buildings, agricultural methods,
    and the way people lived during the 1870s.

    *Assists with all aspects of care of livestock and works to ensure that the
    proper health, safety and welfare of livestock is maintained at all times.

    *Helps with seasonal chores such as maintaining and harvesting vegetable
    and herb gardens, cutting and splitting firewood, and other farm
    maintenance and agricultural tasks.


    We are seeking a person willing to learn historical material and period
    activities, who enjoys people of all ages and feels at ease talking with
    groups of people, and who is able to stand for several hours at a time and
    be able to perform light to moderate physical activity.

    This is an on-call, as needed position.  A stipend is available per program
    worked.

    For more information, call 207-897-4366 or email norlands@norlands.org.
  • 01 Apr 2014 9:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Maine Maritime Museum, a nationally recognized, state-wide cultural institution located on the Kennebec River in Bath seeks a Director of Finance/Business Manager who will play a key role in the leadership team and help the museum continue to grow and excel. The Director of Finance is responsible for all aspects of financial planning and management including preparation of income statements and financial reports, budgeting, forecasts, and leading the annual audit process; and human resources including payroll and benefits management. The Director also oversees various business activities of the museum including the museum store, admissions, facility rentals, and is the primary contact with the museum’s IT vendor. The Director reports to the Executive Director, works closely with the board, auditors, bank and investment manager, and oversees three direct reports with a total staff of 11 plus occasional volunteers.

    Qualifications include a B.A. or B.S. in Accounting, Management, or Finance, with at least five years of relevant financial, supervisory, strategic, and board interaction experience, preferably with a not-for-profit organization. Experience with human resources function and general understanding of current law. Ability to translate financial concepts to staff and board and effectively collaborate with programmatic and fundraising colleagues. Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software, preferably Blackbaud Financial Edge. Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

    The position start date is May 27.

    Salary commensurate with experience, competitive benefits, positive working environment.

    For a full job description, please visit: www.mainemaritimemuseum

    Please send a cover letter and resume to Jacqueline Berry, Personnel Officer, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530. Electronic submissions accepted at berry@maritimeme.org. Applications will close April 11. No phone inquiries, please. Maine Maritime Museum is an equal opportunity employer. This position is subject to background checks including sex offender, criminal and credit checks.
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