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  • October 30, 2020 5:03 PM
    Message # 9336412

    Historic Cherry Hill is seeking a researcher to work on an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant funded project. The position is for 120 hours of research at $20 per hour, from this November 2020 through June 2021.

    Historic Cherry Hill (HCH) tells a story of America through the lives and experiences of five generations of an Albany, New York, family. Rare among this country's house museums, Cherry Hill's extensive and intact collection includes more than 70,000 items reflecting daily life related to the family, servants and enslaved people that lived here between 1787 and 1963. Using select sensory experiences to help visitors establish both an emotional connection and critical distance to gain perspective on their own history and lives, HCH’s core tore, “The Rankins of Cherry Hill: Struggling with the Loss of their World,” tells a nationally-significant story through a personal lens: the story of Catherine Rankin (1857-1948), a 4th-generation Cherry Hill descendant.

    With a decade-long restoration nearing completion, and almost 20 years since the core tour’s inception, this grant work seeks to serve its diverse audiences by integrating underrepresented narratives to the tour. HCH’s emerging audiences include neighbors in the South End, immigrants, millennials, and heritage tourists. A primary goal of this project is to flesh out the narratives of the Irish and African American servants at Cherry Hill, and the German, Italian, and Jewish immigrants and African American migrants in the surrounding community.

    Reporting to the project manager, the researcher will support the development of a new interpretive plan at Historic Cherry Hill.

    Responsibilities include:

    ·         Researching with manuscripts and oral histories within the HCH collection.

    ·         Conducting off-site research and consultation with local historians and community members.

    ·         Indentifying key objects and images from the HCH collection.

    ·         Presenting findings to the interpretive team on a monthly basis.

    Qualifications: Research experience is required; prior experience working with material culture and collections handling preferred.

    Candidates should also possess the following skills:

    • organization and an aptitude for organizing information in a simple, usable, and amendable fashion.
    • excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • self-motivation, productivity, and skilled at working independently.

    Interested applicants should contact Shawna Reilly shawna@historiccherryhill.org no later than November 11, 2020.

    Last modified: November 11, 2020 9:43 AM | Shawna Reilly

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