2017-18 Community Fellow Program – Fort Walla Walla Museum

FWWMuseum_Logo_RGBFort Walla Walla Museum

Mission: Discovering, preserving, and sharing Walla Walla regional heritage.

Project: The primary Fellow project will be researching regional Latino history. This includes continuing to locate primary and secondary sources related to the topic. The Fellow will conduct interviews with Latino community members whose ancestors have lived in the area. A significant component of the remaining research is looking through the microfilm of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin during World War II.

During the 2017/2018 Fellowship period, Fort Walla Walla Museum will have exhibit preparation experience available. Exhibit preparation entails theme choices, research, utilizing the Museum’s database, artifact selection, record keeping, sketching, color selection, text writing, fabrication, and installation. Specific exhibit details are contingent on grant funding information which will be received this fall.

Other than research and exhibit work, one of the Fellow’s main projects will be working with Museum collection artifacts. Artifacts are recorded in a museum specialized database, PastPerfect. Items are recorded with a classification, description, measurements, basic condition, storage location, available history, and photo/scan.

Job Description

This position is available to Whitman College juniors and seniors who are eligible to work in the U.S. and able to work the entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018.

Title of Fellow: Museum Research Assistant

Proposed Hours of Work/Days of Week: Most hours between Mon. – Fri. 9 am – 4 pm, some flexible hours weekends and off-site; total of 150-160 hours for the academic year plus 20 hours for bi-weekly meetings with Fellow group

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info: Laura Schulz, Collections Manager, 755 Myra Rd., Walla Walla, WA 99362, phone: 509-525-7703
email: laura@fwwm.org

Transportation: Fellow will need to provide own transportation to Museum and off-site research facilities (most in walking distance); City bus service is available to Museum; also very bike-able

Please submit resume, cover letter and a two-page writing sample via email. The writing sample needs to include footnotes and a 125 word summary of the material.

Review of application materials:
Email: laura@fwwm.org
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis (last day to apply is Sept. 10th)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to conduct and transcribe interviews
  • Ability to process artifacts into Museum collection
  • Gain a general understanding of requirements for research, design, and implementation of an exhibit
  • Gain understanding and working knowledge of museum specialized database, PastPerfect

Skills Required:

  • Basic Microsoft Office & PowerPoint (training will be provided on specialized museum software)
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Strong listening skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Competence in spoken/written Spanish helpful but not mandatory

Responsibilities:

  • Research Latino history of the Walla Walla region including interviewing community members
  • Assist staff with research/design/fabrication/installation of exhibits
  • Provide assistance for processing of collection artifacts including scanning
  • Assist staff as needed in tasks necessary for running a museum

Expectations:

  • Prepare a history of Latino people from the Walla Walla region
  • Represent Museum in a professional manner on and off-site
  • Reliable work schedule
  • Keep an accurate list of research sources utilized

Student Fellows must be eligible, willing, and able to work the entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018 (except for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks).

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