Museum Programming Intern, Porter-Phelps Museum, Hadley, MA


The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is an active Historic Site in Hadley, Massachusetts which tells the story of a New England family and their household over two centuries. The well-preserved 18th century structure contains the family’s belonging accumulated and preserved over 300 years. A rich collection of the family’s personal letters, diaries and account books, photographs and other material are housed at Amherst College Archives and Special Collections. The house was the heart of the large farmstead known as “Forty Acres” that included over 600 acres stretching from the banks of the Connecticut River to the top of Mount Warner, in North Hadley. Today, the house is surrounded by over 350 acres of protected farmland land, forest, and river frontage retaining its original rural setting. The museum presents several community out reach programs including Wednesday Folk Traditions, a seven week series of ethnic folk music performances; “A Perfect Spot of Tea” held each Saturday in July and August featuring earl grey, pastries and a line-up of local musicians; Community Days; art exhibits in the Corn Barn; and tours of the historic house and grounds which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum is also the National Connecticut River Scenic Byway visitor center. 


The Museum Programminh Intern will also assist the director with programming special events and learn how to program museum events. Events will include a folk traditions series, colonial teas, special tours, community events, and a fall series.The Museum Programming intern's primary responsibility will be to give daily tours of the museum and to maintain museum interiors.  In addition to tours, tasks will include media, clerical, curatorial, archival assistance and caring for the historic gardens and grounds.

REQUIREMENTS:  Excellent verbal and writing skills; Interest in museums and history;
                                Driver's license, and preferably a car

SKILLS:  Strong presentation skills, historical knowledge, computer experience including web and database maintenance, MS Word, MS Publisher, Lotus Approach; Good typing skills

QUALIFICATIONS: Experience or interest in small history museums
                                Ability to work independently and as a team
                                Highly motivated and self‑directed
                                Excellent organizational skills
                                Ability to work well with the public of all ages

SPECIAL INTERESTS:  Historic interpretation and preservation, educational tour and exhibit       development, American, family and women's history, archival processing,                                                writing and journalism, historic gardens.

PERIOD OF INTERNSHIP: May 1 through Labor Day (Sept 4) and Sept 4 through October 20

PAY TYPE: Unpaid

JOB STATUS:   30 hours per week, May through September 4; 20 hours per week 1‑4:30 pm, September through October 20; Saturday through Wednesday

LOCATION: Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, Hadley MA


CONTACT: Susan J. Lisk, Executive Director,

HOW TO APPLY: Send resume and letter of interest to Susan J. Lisk, Executive Director, Porter‑Phelps‑Huntington Foundation, Inc., 130 River Drive, Hadley, MA  01035, and include an afternoon/evening telephone number.