The Iberville Museum Association seeks to hire 1 Collections Intern for the summer of 2018. The internship will help prepare the candidate for a career in museums and collections management, granting them experience in a small local history museum. The intern will work directly with our director/curator on a collections management project focused on cataloging, organizing, and preserving our collection. The intern will gain experience in processing, arranging, and caring for objects or artifacts.
NUMBER OF POSITIONS:
$10 an hour
160 hours (8 weeks, 20 hours per week) between June-August.
Exact schedule to be determined. Hours will fall within standard work week: M – F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The collections intern will work independently but with frequent interaction with the curator on a project focused on organizing the museum’s current storage space. The intern will also be using PastPerfect to catalog new accessions and update current records.
Meghan Sylvester, Director/Curator
Candidates should be graduate students, recent graduates, or advanced undergraduates with a major in history, public history, museum studies, or a related field. Ideal candidate will be working towards a career in collection management or registration and has a passion for local history. Will need to work well independently and be able organize a large number of objects with extreme attention to detail. Should have completed coursework in collections care and management and ideally have knowledge or prior experience with object handling, marking, photography, and packing. PastPerfect experience is preferred.
Resume, cover letter, and a list of 2 references due by April 15, 2018. Please send application materials to Meghan Sylvester, Director/Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Annual Meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.
Due to weather and road closures, we will be postponing our Annual Meeting until a later date. Thank you!
Iberville Museum’s Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. at the museum. Our keynote speaker this year is Cliff “Chachie” LeGrange, industrial engineer and author of Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana: Spirit of the Atchafalaya.
Known as “Chachie of the Atchafayala,” LeGrange is considered the go-to historian of the Atchafalaya Basin. He received a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Education from Louisiana State University (LSU) where he also completed the LSU Quality Management Program. He went on to work for Dow Chemical Company for 35 years of before retiring from Dow Chemical Company in 2008. Currently, he helps his son, Benjamin, by working part-time at Atchafalaya Crawfish Processing in Henderson, LA. However, LeGrange has been hunting and fishing in the Central Atchafalaya Basin since 1963 and has been involved with the Atchafalaya Basin Landowners and the LW&F in improving the quality of hunting and fishing in the basin since the 1970s. In 2011, he published his first book Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana: Spirit of the Atchafalaya, which aims to share and preserve the rich history of the Atchafalaya Basin, starting in 1806 to the 1970s.
LeGrange’s address is free and open to the public!
Ferguson began working for the museum in October as our second Curatorial Assistant. She is a native of Iberville Parish with her family roots extending to Bayou Chene, in the Atchafalaya Basin. She is married to Quinton Ferguson, a Vietnam Veteran and lifelong resident of Iberville Parish. They have been married for forty-two years, have three sons, and eight grandchildren.
Ferguson is a graduate of Plaquemine High and has earned a Bachelors Degree in Christian Theology from IMI Institute in Pensacola, Florida. She served as an Iberville Parish Visitors Service Specialist for a number of years, and she worked at the Plaquemine Lock from 2003 to 2016. Ferguson has done extensive research on the history of the Plaquemine Lock and documentation on the Freshwater Diversion Project. She enjoys history and is looking forward to her work at Iberville Museum.
Iberville Museum is happy to announce our new Director/Curator, Meghan Sylvester! A native of Ville Platte, LA, Sylvester earned her Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in Public History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2017. Her focus was on historical interpretation and digital history. She also received a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in French in 2015 from ULL.
Iberville Museum has been hard at work redesigning and interpreting the permanent collection, which features memorabilia from World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War and objects from everyday life during the early 19th century to the turn-of-the 20th century, such as cookware, medical supplies, and school or office supplies.
Mr. Louis “Dick” Roussell, a native of Plaquemine, LA now a resident of New Orleans, LA, has been acting as the museum’s architectural design consultant. His goal is to bring the museum’s collection to life by rearranging the displays and creating a more suitable flow to the current exhibits.
Additionally, the new curator/director, Meghan Sylvester, plans to create a new interpretation plan for the museum by using the site’s collection to enhance the “historical stories” of Iberville Parish and bring the human element into the museum.
If it has been a while since you last visited the museum, be sure to stop by and check out our progress!