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Assistant to Museum Manager-Collections

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WEBSTER GROVES HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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The Historical Hawken House Museum Manager is seeking assistance cataloging the collections and working in the archives of the Webster Groves Historical Society.

The Museum Manager Assistant Assistant will work with the Manager on a Cataloguing and Digitization project to increase and improve the amount of information on our collections available to the general public.
The position will involve data entry of the records of the collection within the Historical Hawken House. The Collections Assistant will also assist the Manager with collections-related aspects of exhibitions, loans, and public programs. This includes:

  • organizing collections lists,
  • updating the database,
  • preparing condition reports, and
  • gathering information for exhibition labels.
The Assistant must be organized and detailed oriented and will perform other related duties as required.

The Assistant will acquire skills in:
  • cataloging,
  • museum standards, and policy,
  • database software,
  • artifact handling and preservation,
  • archival collections arrangement,
  • scanning,
  • acquisitions,
  • storage, and
  • research procedures
They will gain strategic planning, problem-solving, and leadership skills under the direction of museum staff. The setting will provide experience in cultural diversity, working as a team, working collaboratively with other programs and exhibitions, and the importance of preserving history for future generations.

This will be done in person at the Hawken House Volunteer Office, which follows all Health Department guidelines at all times.

Volunteers must be detail-oriented and able to perform repetitive tasks, with excellent interpersonal skills. Must be flexible and willing to take on new assignments. Experience working both independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively with other team members. Should be able to demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of computer platforms and Microsoft Office software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access, and comfort with learning new software applications.

While performing the duties of this job, the volunteer is regularly required to reach with hands and arms and lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and rarely lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.


Knowledge of working with Google Sheets or the ability to create a database is helpful.

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About WEBSTER GROVES HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Location:

1155 S ROCK HILL RD, WEBSTER GRVS, MO 63119, US

Mission Statement

The beautifully restored Hawken House with its elegant period furnishings is open to the public for tours, and our extensive Archive devoted to local history is maintained just a few feet away in the 30-year old History Barn that also houses the Hearth Room, a community event venue with seating for 120.

Description

The Hawken House was the home of Christopher and Mary Ann Hawken. It was built in 1867 and owned by the Hawken family until 1912. Several other families later called this house their home until it was purchased by the Webster Groves Historical Society and moved to its current location in 1970. Graciously furnished to reflect a post Civil War home of a gentleman farmer, the Hawken House Museum preserves the artifacts and the stories of the Hawken family’s era. Today, the beautifully restored Hawken House with its elegant period furnishings is open to the public for tours, and our extensive Archive devoted to local history is maintained just a few feet away in the 30-year old History Barn that also houses the Hearth Room, a community event venue with seating for 120.
We are seeking volunteers to assist us with programming, events, tours, archive management, landscaping, and Architectural Preservation.

Arts & Culture
Community
Computers & Technology

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1155 South Rock HIll RoadWebster GrovesWebster Groves, MO 63119

SKILLS

  • Data Entry
  • Arts Administration
  • Curating
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Google Apps
  • Internet Research

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 14
  • A few hours a week until the project is complete - then occasional updates as necessary.
  • Ability to work independently. Prefer if the volunteer will set a regular schedule.

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