Employer: Farmington Historical Society
Internship Number: 563
Internship Title: Curatorial Research Assistant
Location: Farmington, Maine
Period of Engagement: Available Each Term – Spring, Summer or Fall
Compensation: Unpaid
 Description of the Internship:
The Farmington Historical Society, a non-profit organization, was established in 1961 to procure and preserve the history of the town.  The Society has thousands of artifacts in its collections, from photos, maps and documents, to carriages and sleighs.  The Society also provides research assistance at its Titcomb House Museum site located at 118 Academy Street.

In addition to the Titcomb House, the Farmington Historical Society owns the North Church and the Octagon House, which was recently purchased.  This structure has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.  All three of the buildings are located in Farmington’s downtown and National Historic District.  Twelve other buildings in Farmington are on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information about the Farmington Historical Society, visit their website at: http://www.farmingtonhistory.org/
Responsibilities:

The Farmington Historical Society is seeking student interns to assist with the inventory and archiving of items belonging to the Historical Society.  The collection includes thousands of photographs, written documents and new artifacts donated to the museum.  Given the size of the collection, it is anticipated that the project will be ongoing for the foreseeable future.

In addition to the inventory project, there are several other projects that student interns might enjoy as part of their internship with the historical society.  Below is a list of the responsibilities those projects would include:

  • Organize Titcomb family information, transcribe hand-written letters, possibly design family chart
  • Become acquainted with Maine Memory Network, and work with staff to add Farmington artifacts and information to the network
  • Research Farmington Inventors and prepare a display of their inventions
  • Work with elementary schools to design “Farmington Facts” program
  • Assist with the inventory and archiving of items belonging to the Historical Society
  • Create a visual inventory of the Octagon House contents and the history of the Mallet family
  • Design displays for the North Church concerts depicting Farmington history using artifacts from the society’s collections
Qualifications:

  • Good organizational skills; detail-oriented
  • Prefer someone with a strong interest in museum curating and operations

Interviews with qualified, interested applicants will be conducted.

Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Internship Application Form online.
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