This temporary seasonal employee at the Senator Justin Morrill State Historic Site will be assuming several important duties inherent in the site's mission statement.
The employee will:
- Perform collections cataloging in the PastPerfect Museum Software database, using the site's laptop with biweekly data transfers to the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch. Cataloging will include creation of an inventory of all two-dimensional and three-dimensional art in the house and larger Morrill collection, include photographs, descriptions, and provenance. The temporary employee will conduct research about how these works came into the possession of the Morrill family and/or the State. The inventory will also include suggestions and recommendations on how to better incorporate the art into the guided tour. Research will be conducted on site, at local and state libraries and historical societies, and at the offices of the Division for Historic Preservation in Montpelier. Items will be cleaned and labeled as part of the cataloging process.
- Occasionally serve as a docent and lead guided tours of Senator Morrill's Gothic Revival-style home and his landscaped gardens and outbuildings.
- Assist with larger Friends of the Morrill Homestead (as approved) and/or Division for Historic Preservation events to take place at the site.
- Digitally photograph all of the buildings at the site, both indoors and outdoors to document current conditions. Contextual images are also desired.
- Furnish a final report detailing the PastPerfect activities including the number of objects entered into the database, the status of the cataloging with regard to the art inventory, copies of all photographs (on a CD), recommendations and further work, and art inventory. This report will be submitted electronically on the last day that the temporary employee works.
This is a paid position, working 40 hours a week, five days a week with some nights and weekends as needed and approved. The wage is $10.89/hour. The position starts June 29 and concludes on August 11th.