2022 Curator

Camp Kawanhee History Museum is looking for  Summer Curator for 2022!

This is an 9-week plus paid position (mid-June through late-August) and includes room and board at the Camp. Camp runs Sunday, June 26, 2022 to Saturday, August 13 , 2022. We need the curator to show up as early as possible, probably June 11 or 12, and stay through the last day of the 100th year celebration, , Sunday, August 21. The History Museum Curator will divide his/her time between cataloging and organizing the collection, welcoming visitors, working with campers and conducting oral history interviews.

The 2022 Season is very special in that we plan to welcome 500 Vaccinated Alumni family and friends to celebrate the 100th season.  (We also planned to do this in 2020 and 2021 but ……)  So this year along with the normal opportunities I am sure the curator will be involved in a lot of Event Planning work.

2020 and 2021 Curator, Emily Benson, left this in 2020 and this  in 2021 message to future applicants and some suggestions for future projects.

2019 Curator, Monica Conary, left this message to future applicants and this, a more general note.

2018 Curator, Macy Davis, left this note to future curators and this more general suggestion to the entire project.

2017 Curator, Eliza Graumlich, created this web site you are now on and you can read her notes to future Curators by clicking here. She also left a list of possible projects that you can read here.

A 2022 email prompted me to add this note about how this position is different from that of a lodge counselor.  Click here to read.

While Covid is still a terrible danger for disrupting 2022, it does seem to be enough of a lessened concern to allow me to think about using levels in the History cabin.  Kawanhee activities, like sailing, baseball, nature, are all organized around campers passing levels in each activity.  2018 Curator Macy Davis did some preliminary work on what these levels could consist of.  You can read it here and here.

2022 will be a unique year.  The reunion has to overshadow many history activities.  I have taken a first shot at laying out job priorities here.

Camp Kawanhee for Boys has been in operation for almost 100 years.  You can read about it on this site and at Kawanhee.com.  The history museum is full of memorabilia.  And, few people have had the time to really research it!  Your challenge is to understand what is in the cabin and then choose topics that you would like to pursue.  The best part is that you are your own boss.  You get to decide what is important, and how to attack it! Click here to view a rough map of the History Cabin!

The successful candidate will be an outgoing self-starter with strong organizational and writing skills. In addition, the successful candidate will enjoy the opportunity to spend the summer in a rustic lake-side, classic summer camp setting in Maine and plan to involve him/herself in the daily life of the Camp (campers range in age from 8 to 17).  As you can see, we have had 4 Curators.  Only one of them really focused on engagement with campers.  It is really up to the curator themselves, given their strengths and interests, to make this more of a teaching position or a curatorial one.

Eliza, our 2017 Curator, had web development skills and while enjoying building on this web site is a plus, it is not a requirement.  The History Museum Curator is required to comply with rules and regulations that govern the work of all Camp staff and will need to pass a full background check that is required for all Camp staff. The Curator will report to the Executive Director; a group of volunteers will help to direct the Intern’s daily work. To learn more and/or apply, please email Tom Pears at tompears@hotmail.com. Applications should include a cover letter expressing interest, and a resume.

You should read a more detailed Job Description by clicking here.