Historic New England is a museum of cultural history that collects and preserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present and uses them to keep history alive and to help people develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England life and appreciation for its preservation.
We fulfill our mission through five key program areas:
Historic Properties: Visit our thirty-six historic sites, spanning five states and four centuries of New England life. Hear the stories of the New Englanders who called these sites home, stroll through formal gardens, or visit a working farm. Historic New England offers scores of public programs at our sites each year, ranging from courses and workshops to walking tours, craft festivals, and concerts.
Collections: With more than 110,000 objects Historic New England has the most comprehensive and best documented collection of New England decorative arts and household furnishings in the country. These collections, which date from the mid-seventeenth to the twentieth-first centuries, include the whole range of goods needed for day-to-day life, from furniture and clothing to cooking and heating equipment.
Preservation Services: Historic New England's preservation services include caring for and managing our own thirty-six historic museums and working with private property owners to protect and maintain their old and historic homes. We advocate for the preservation of significant New England residential resources representing all time periods, architectural styles, and cultural stories.
Education: Historic New England's school and youth programs, serving more than 42,000 students each year, receive national attention for the creative way in which they use historical resources to enrich learning. The programs are fun and multi-disciplinary, encouraging learning through a variety of approaches, including hands-on activities and role playing.
Archives and Publications: Every year hundreds of researchers come to the Library and Archives to study the more than one million items that document New England's architectural and cultural history. The archival collections include photographs, prints and engravings, architectural drawings, books, manuscripts, and ephemera.
Historic New England seeks interns to work with the Property Care staff during the summer of 2013. Property Care is the team responsible for the preservation and maintenance of 36 historic house museums and their landscapes located in five New England states. The Historic New England property collection spans four centuries and is comprised of 15 National Historic Landmark sites and 28 National Register sites. Historic New England has been a leader in establishing preservation philosophy, standards and methods, and continues to provide models of historic preservation for preservation professionals, organizations and the public.
Interns will assist property care staff in an assortment of tasks that may include: organization of the construction specification library, organization and scanning of past project files; and organization and scanning of carpentry crew files and field drawings.
Applicants working toward a degree in historic preservation, architecture, engineering, conservation or other related field with an interest in historic architecture and preservation are encouraged to apply.
This position is based out of the Lyman Estate in Waltham, MA. A minimum commitment of 8 hours per week for 8 weeks is required. This is an unpaid internship. The internship can be combined with the Preservation Project Management of Carpentry Crew internship if appropriate. The internships are unpaid.