Beatrice Fox Auerbach Director of Collections
The Mark Twain House & Museum interprets the life and legacy of Mark Twain and his family in Hartford. During their residence, Twain wrote his best known works and rose to world-wide fame. Annually, the museum sees 70,000 visitors from all 50 states and up to 65 countries. It has a $3 million budget, and is AAM accredited.
The house, constructed in 1874 and designed by Edward T. Potter, is viewed as a masterpiece of Stick Style architecture, and the interior decoration by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Candace Wheeler, working as Associated Artists, is one of the earliest extant examples of their work.
We seek an outgoing and articulate individual to provide enlightened leadership for the department. This full-time, exempt, management-team position is also part of the team charged with preservation of historic structures.
In addition to being a positive team player, the candidate must anticipate the needs and challenges of the department, problem solve, and have outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. A Masters in Museum Studies, History, Art History, or related discipline is required, as is proven collections management expertise.
- Oversee curatorial staff of one full-timer and two part-timers;
- Create and mount annual exhibition;
- Develop and manage curatorial budget;
- Oversee and engage in collections management work;
- Participate in professional development;
- Oversee “Trouble Begins” series of academic lectures;
- 3-6 years working in museums in a curatorial capacity with progressively increasing responsibility;
- Strong knowledge of 19th century American fine and decorative arts;
- Strong experience in collections database applications;
- Strong visual sensibility for exhibition design and proven abilities in exhibit development;
- Ability to lift 50 pounds, climb stairs, a stepladder, and work with exhibition materials and installation.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Send a resume and letter of interest in confidence to email@example.com.
Applications accepted until October 15th.
Yes, we are now hiring for the coveted opportunity to guide guests through Mark Twain’s Historic home.
This position is part time, non-exempt and hours worked vary from season to season (never exceeds 29 hours per week; average is about 14 hours per week). Interpreters work weekdays, weekends, some nights, and some holidays.
The biggest prerequisites are enthusiasm and a love of studying and learning. Training and learning all the material is a major commitment, but once you know the basics you are on your way. Training will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October and November. You will work with adults and children of all ages and from all over the world at one of Hartford’s top historical attractions. You will give general tours of Mark Twain’s house and spooky night time ghost tours of the house too. Interpreters sell tickets, answer questions, give engaging tours of the house and help protect the museum’s collection.
This position requires withstanding various weather conditions throughout the year, standing for long periods, a lot of stair climbing, and working in a dimly lit environment.
This position pays minimum wage.
If you would like a more detailed position description or would like to apply please send letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Use your acting skills to give tours as a character at the Mark Twain House!
Living History Tour Guides - Open Auditions
The Mark Twain House & Museum welcomes applications for Living History actors. These are paid, part-time, daytime positions, with flexible schedules. We are in particular need of actors who can work weekend days.
Living History actors primarily lead public house tours, in costume and in character. Preparation includes learning a 75-minute script and learning about Mark Twain, his family, and his historic Hartford home.
Our current Living History characters are:
Susy Clemens: Mark Twain’s daughter (age 20+).
George Griffin: Mark Twain’s butler, confidant and friend. African-American (30 +)
The Rev. Joseph Twitchell: Twain’s best friend, older gentleman (40 +)
Livy Clemens: Mark Twain’s elegant and educated wife.(40 +)
Lizzie Wills: an energetic, snooping, gossipy maid. English (UK) (30 +)
Katy Leary: stalwart lady’s maid, Irish, with Mark Twain’s family for thirty years. (30 +)
Patrick McAleer: Irish coachman, with Mark Twain’s family for twenty years. (40+)
Previous acting experience preferred.
Please email your cover letter and resume to: email@example.com
or call 860-280-3156.
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