Building upon the richness of its local history collections and the strength of its library, Old York's education programs continue to grow in variety, quality and audience served. Below is a brief outline of some of the many programs offered at the Museums of Old York.
2013 Museums of Old York Summer Internships: The Museums of Old York are seeking two interns for the 2013 summer season. These 10 week internships require a minimum of 15 hours per week. Both opportunities are unpaid volunteer positions but the Museum will work with your educational institution so that you can receive academic credit for your work.
Education Intern: The 2013 education Intern will collaborate with the education director and the museum’s interpretive staff to develop hands on interactives for families. Through interaction with the visiting public the intern will learn how people experience our tours and exhibits. This knowledge will be used to create hands on interactives to enhance the visitor experience and help connect our separate historic buildings and exhibits. This internship is an opportunity for students interested in entering the fields of museum education, interpretation or visitor services to get real museum experience in these fields while producing a valuable finished product.
Curatorial Intern: The 2013 collections intern will gain hands-on experience in museum accessioning techniques. Using PastPerfect collections management software the intern will learn to identify material culture, designate nomenclature, conduct genealogical and general research, populate biographical search fields, and create digital images. Proper handling and storage in both the ideal and “real” world will also be covered. These basic skills are the foundation for curatorial and registrarial work making this internship ideal for anyone considering a career in these fields. Applicants are encouraged to mention any specific areas of interest which may be worked into the project.
School Programs: The Living History program has been a tradition for York fifth graders for almost thirty years and is the genesis of the museum's highly regarded educational programs for children. More than 3,600 school-age children from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts visit the museum each year to take part in education programs. These experience-based activities, support curriculum standards for the humanities in all three state and are tailored to meet the needs of school groups and homeschoolers. A PDF brochure that can be downloaded here, describes each program along with the Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts learning standards that each program is designed to meet.
School Outreach Program: Many of our educational experiences can be adapted and brought directly to your classroom or group through our Outreach Program. As is true of our School Programs, these exerienced-based activities support curriculum standards for the humanities in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. To learn more, please contact Zoe B Thomas by email or at (207) 363-4974 x12.
Children & Families: Programs for children build on the core curriculum, while families have many opportunities to learn, grow and play together. Summer camps, after-school programs, family days and family game nights all provide children with learning experiences in a fun and supportive environment. Here, the children are able to take charge and share history. Old York can also organize a Birthday Party or a Seasonal Gingerbread Birthday Party for a truly memorable occasion!
Junior Docents: Older students, between the ages of 12 and 18, are eligible to serve as Junior Docents. Students receive extensive training in content as well as in techniques and are the youngest ambassadors of the Museums of Old York. Junior Docents can serve either as Interpreters, Educators or Curators. This project is in its sixth year and has proven to be a wonderful experience not only for the Junior Docents, but for the entire museum!
Elizabeth Perkins Fellowship: This internationally recognized fellowship provides aspiring humanities professionals with an opportunity to experience museum work and conduct original research. This prestigious and competitive fellowship attracts undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Fellows play an important role at the museum by providing high-quality interpretation of local history. Original research conducted by the Perkins Fellows translates directly into new tours, exhibitions and educational programming. The 2008 Elizabeth Bishop Perkins Fellows developed a comprehensive orientation plan for the Remick Barn. A copy of their master orientation plan is available here.
Adult Programs: Working in collaboration with the York Public Library and York Adult and Community Education, the museum has developed a successful adult education program. Through workshops and presentations by noted authors, scholars, historians and museum professionals, Old York's adult education programs educate the community about prominent local characters, early American furniture, antique homes and other topics that explore York history.