ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Created in 1976, the Lake Wales History Museum is a long-standing historical museum located in Lake Wales, Florida. Long vacant and in need of historic preservation, the organization converted the 1928 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad station into the area’s historical museum. The Mediterranean-style train station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is still home to the museum today.
The museum is open Wednesday – Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM, offering self-guided tours of permanent exhibits with artifacts, images and documents in our main gallery, along with changing exhibits and train cars. Visitors learn about the natural history of the Lake Wales Ridge beginning with Florida’s native people to the development of Lake Wales’ railroad, industry and residents of the 20th century. Visitors can hear over 80 stories of Lake Wales’ pioneers and history through our audio tour. Guests may visit our newly restored 1926 Seaboard Air Line Railroad caboose, the 1916 office car and 1944 US Army locomotive engine. Three additional historic buildings are included on the property: 1) The 1920 office bungalow originally the site of the Lake Wales Women’s Club, library and chamber of commerce; 2) The 1916 Seaboard Airline Freight Station; and, 3) The 1920 originally built for Lake Wales’ founder, E.C. Stuart. Educational programming, special events and school programs are offered throughout the year.
ABOUT THE COLLECTIONS
The Lake Wales History Museum owns and preserves an estimated 20,000 items within its collection. Long-term storage and inventory projects are ongoing, as the museum has recently re-homed all of the small objects, documents, photographs, and archival material to the newly created Mimi Hardman Collections and Research Center. Large objects, textiles, and artwork remain at the museum’s offsite storage facility.
Since the summer of 2015, the Lake Wales History Museum has undergone a complete collections overhaul to properly store and inventory all items in the collections. To date 60% or almost 14,000 items have been inventoried and properly stored in archival safe containers and climate-controlled spaces. The majority of remaining items to be cataloged have been audited, but full documentation, photo records and labeling needs to be completed. As the museum moves into the second phase of the collections re-organization process, additional help is now needed to complete the proper storage, photo documentation, inputting and organization of the collection.
The new Mimi Hardman Collections and Research Center is housed in one of the first buildings in Lake Wales, the 1916 Seaboard Airline Freight Station, which was fully rehabilitated and named in honor of Mimi Hardman, the museum’s late founder. Dedicated space inside the center now provides an area for museum interns and volunteers to work on the collections. Eventually, the public will be invited to access our collections for personal and professional research, view maps and documents, conduct family genealogy, and with professional supervision, access our photo archive.
The museum is looking for curatorial and collections intern who will assist with the care, documentation, and continuing re-organization of the collection. This opportunity will provide experience in research, cataloging, and digitization of museum collections. Collections work will include completing cataloging, photographing, scanning and labeling items, organizing items and documents, and inputting data into the museum’s collections software CatalogIt. The successful intern will complete their project working directly under the supervision of the Museum Curator.
Projects may include:
Completing catalog intake sheets, scanning photographs, documenting the condition and use of small objects, evaluating materials, working with archival safe supplies and using museum archival techniques, checking and re-checking inventories and item record numbers and locations, handling artwork, textiles, objects, photographs, documents and archival materials of a sensitive nature, organizing and moving files and items, inputting data into the collections software program.
Preferred candidates should have an interest in history, humanities and/or museum studies, and have completed some coursework in these subjects. Applicants should be enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a library, archive, museum or history program, or enrolled in a like field, with interest in working with museums and collections.
Proficiency in the use of computer software, excellent organizational skills, highly organized and detail-oriented, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently are crucial. Interest in collections management standards, trends, and emerging technologies in the museum and archive field. Ability to take initiative and knowing when to ask questions. Valid driver’s license or other official government identification.
COMPENSATION, SCHEDULE AND TIMEFRAME
Eight (8) weeks to be completed between May 18 and August 14, 2021
30 hours per week or 240 hours
Tuesday – Saturday
Send a resume and cover letter to Bartholomew Delcamp, Museum Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline is May 1, 2021.