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Careers for background Buffs & Others Who examine from the earlier enables you to discover the activity marketplace throughout the particular lens of your personal curiosity. It unearths dozens of the way to pursue your ardour for background and make a living--including the learning and schooling had to polish your pastime and curiosity right into a pleasing profession.

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The larger the museum, the more specialized an employee’s duties are. Professionals in midsize or small museums must be willing to take on a variety of tasks. However, knowledge of or familiarity with all areas of museum functions, in addition to a strong background in a particular discipline, are important qualifications for any staff member. Along with the proper educational achievements, the American Association of Museums (AAM) suggests these additional qualifications for museum personnel: A museum professional should be expected to have a familiarity with the history, goals, and functions of museums; a knowledge of and commitment to the AAM statement on 43 Copyright 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

EXPERIENCE Most museums prefer candidates to have at least three years of experience in a museum registration department or HISTORY MUSEUMS 45 in a position in which the main duties are the technical aspects of handling, storage, preservation, and cataloging. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS Collections managers need knowledge of information management techniques, the ability to accurately identify objects within the museum’s collection, and knowledge of security practices and environmental controls. Curator Curators are specialists in a particular academic discipline relevant to a museum’s collections.

What It’s Like to Be a Researcher at Plimoth Plantation Carolyn Travers is director of research at Plimoth Plantation. She talks about her job: “We have four sites at Plimoth Plantation: the 1627 Pilgrim Village; the Mayflower II; Hobbamock’s Homesite, a Wampanohg Indian site; and the Carriage House Crafts Center. We research anything we need for our program, from what is the period attitude toward toads and how a character felt about being her husband’s third wife to the correct way to cook a particular dish or some obscure point of Calvinist theology.

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