April’s Featured Museum is the Beverly Heritage Center! BHC combines four historic buildings in the center of Beverly, West Virginia, to tell the story of the Battle of Rich Mountain and the First Campaign of the American Civil War, the pivotal role of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, and daily life in a small rural county seat through the 19th Century. BHC hosts regular events including contra dances, haunted tours in October, and the highly anticipated annual Heritage Days, which includes reenactors, both military and civilian, from early-America through the late 20th century. Beverly Heritage Center is open daily from 11am-5pm and has a low admission rate of only $5.
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The Huntington Museum of Art is nestled on 52 acres with nature trails and a tropical plant conservatory. The museum has an extensive permanent collection, including works by American artists Alexander Calder, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and Robert Motherwell, as well as collections of European paintings, sculpture, contemporary prints, folk art and more. HMOA also features permanent installations of Near Eastern art and artifacts; antique firearms; and Ohio Valley glassware.
We love how active HMOA is in their community, providing free admission on Tuesdays, offering special events, working alongside Empty Bowls, selling local arts and crafts, getting outdoors, and featuring new exciting exhibits, not to mention their interesting plants and creatures in the museum like the axolotls or “walking fish!”
HMOA and the Museum Shop are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission is free on Tuesdays and $5 per adult on other days. General admission is free to Museum Members; children younger than 18; active duty military personnel and their families; and veterans and their families. HMOA is fully accessible.
The 2018 conference schedule has been announced! From our pre-conference tours to evening meals to our 18 sessions to our keynote to our snack times, everything is in there! Go to our conference page on our website to download it. We look forward to seeing many of you at conference!
The Wetzel County Museum is located in the historic district of New Martinsville, WV. Placed within a restored early 20th century hardware store, the museum provides the local community and tourists with exhibits, programs, and events based on Wetzel County’s rich Native American, Early Frontier, River, Glass, Oil, and Gas history. With many special artifacts such as Viking Glass, Native American arrowheads, and more, the Wetzel County Museum offers all history enthusiasts a chance to learn about our area’s past, present, and future! Recently, the museum has been very active on social media, especially Instgram, hosted multiple movie screenings, and is installing new exhibitions!
The Wetzel County Museum is open on Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Admission is free and groups are welcome! Visit the Wetzel County Museum at 136 Main St., New Martinsville, WV.
The West Virginia Association of Museums is pleased to announce our keynote speaker for our annual conference in Charleston, WV on March 22-24, 2018: Nancy Moses, the chair of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC). Nancy began her career as a Program Chief at the National Endowment for the Humanities and then went on to top management positions at WQED-Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Philadelphia Studies, and the City of Philadelphia.
As an independent consultant, and through her firm, Collaborations, Inc. Nancy has helped clients create heritage tourism entities and digital learning labs; launch international, environmental and civic initiatives; and establish new philanthropies. Her clients range from government, foundations, and national cultural treasures to community-based heritage, economic development, and service organizations.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Nancy Moses has lived in Philadelphia since 1976, where she has been active in numerous boards and civic initiatives. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in American Studies from The George Washington University.
Her first book, Lost in the Museum: Buried Treasures and the Stories They Tell, “takes the reader behind the ’employees only’ doors to uncover the stories buried―along with the objects―in the crypts of museums, historical societies, and archives.” Her second book, Stolen, Smuggled Sold: On the Hunt for Cultural Treasures, “tells the dark and compelling stories of iconic cultural objects that were stolen, smuggled or sold, and eventually returned back to their original owner.” Both books will be available for sale following the keynote address.
The keynote address will take place the first day of the conference, March 22, in Charleston, WV. Location and time will be announced soon. The keynote is free and open to the public; however, the rest of the conference requires registration.
On March 21, 2018, the day before our annual conference begins, WVAM will hold its pre-conference tours! Our first visit will be J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works in Rand, WV. Our next stop is the town of Malden, which is full of history associated with the life of Booker T. Washington, the salt industry, and slavery in the Mountain State. The day will conclude with a buffet-style dinner and evening program at the historic Craik-Patton House in Charleston with a special guest speaker (to be announced soon). Registration is limited to only 30 participants and costs only $30. Register here.
The Southeastern Museums Conference has issued a call for proposals for their annual conference in Jackson, MS, on October 8-10, 2018. Session formats can include hands-on, debate, round-table, town meeting, marketplace, guest speaker, panel, and workshop. The proposals are due January 31, 2018. For more information and to submit a proposal, click here.
Historic Shepherdstown Commission (HSC) is an active, non-profit, membership organization dedicated to preserving Shepherdstown’s architectural character, and building public understanding of Shepherdstown’s distinctive history.
Since 1961, HSC has undertaken many important projects that benefit our community.The Entler Hotel was built in 1786 and has served many purposes over the years from hotel to Civil War hospital to housing for Shepherd College to housing for cadets during WWI. In 1972 when the historic Entler Hotel was scheduled for demolition, HSC coordinated efforts to save and restore the building for public benefit. The Historic Shepherdstown Museum was founded at the Entler in 1983. After years of heavy public use, a major 25th anniversary renovation project was undertaken in 1997-98 to further enhance the public rooms. Today the Entler is headquarters for HSC.
At the Entler, HSC operates the Museum and manages public spaces which house the Shepherdstown Visitors Center, thirteen offices, and a reception area and garden available for community and private events. We also sponsor or co-sponsor speakers and workshops relating to the history of Shepherdstown and Jefferson County. Recent exhibits include history of gun making, stories from the Civil War, and African-Americans in the community. Special items in their collection range from a postal wagon to craft clocks to copper kettles to pottery. Another highlight of the museum is the Rumsey Boathouse, which is open on weekends, April-October. The museum is nestled in historic Shepherdstown, making it the perfect destination for a day trip or weekend get-away!
Organization: Greenbrier Historical Society
Position: Executive Director
Greenbrier Historical Society is dedicated to community enrichment through the preservation of the history and culture of the Greenbrier area and the education of the public of all ages.
- To maintain and operate a museum that will discover, collect and preserve materials pertaining to the history of, or in any manner illustrative of the Greenbrier area, and will exhibit materials of this area.
- To maintain and operate a research center which will be the depository of maps, manuscripts, iconographic and published materials of the Greenbrier area and will make these materials available to the public in order to promote historical research of the area.
- To undertake an education program which will promote and stimulate public interest in and appreciation of the history of the Greenbrier area.
- To disseminate knowledge about the Greenbrier area through the preparation, editing, and publication of historical materials descriptive and illustrative of these areas, especially through a journal and newsletter.
- To reach out to the Greenbrier community through activities and events which will enlighten the public about the history of the Greenbrier area.
Develop, plan, manage and carry-out operations of the Greenbrier Historical Society including all its buildings and functions working with and through the Board of Directors and the Committees of the Board.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
- Implement organizational goals and objectives
- Supervise employees and volunteers
- Manage daily operations and coordinate employee and volunteer schedules.
- Supervise financial coordinator in financial reporting and activities
- Oversee revenue generating activities such as fund raising, grant writing and retail sales
- Create marketing and promotional materials for operations and special events including newsletters, journal, web-site operation, and other social media.
- Coordinate with the Curator and Education Director who develops and implements educational and public outreach programs and exhibits
- Represent and promote the Society in community affairs
- Perform all related functions as needed
Activities within each area of responsibility may be carried out by support staff, Board Committees, volunteers or by the Director as is in the best interests of the Greenbrier Historical Society.
- BA, BS, or BFA or equivalent–Masters preferred.
- Experience managing Museums, Archives or other non-profit Organizations.
- Experience developing and implementing educational programs and special events
- Experience in managing staff and volunteers
- Management experience or equivalent education to include intermediate management, accounting and marketing knowledge
- Excellent verbal communication skills to include effective public speaking
- Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to compose business documents, financial reports, news releases, and marketing materials with emphasis on accuracy and proper grammar
- Knowledge of U.S. History and interest in historic preservation; Knowledge of regional history preferred
- Computer literacy requirements:
Word Processing Advanced
PastPerfect or Other Museum Software Beginner
Accounting Software Beginner
Publishing/Graphic/Web Design Advanced
- Ability to climb stairs and ladders
- Infrequent lifting up to 50 lbs.
- Standing, walking and sitting for extended amounts of time
Letters of interest and resumes should be sent to the Greenbrier Historical Society, 814 Washington Street West, Lewisburg, WV 24901. Materials will be reviewed and interviews scheduled with the most promising candidates.