Shippensburg Historical Society


Founded in 1945, the Shippensburg Historical Society is a private,
non-profit membership organization dedicated to collecting, preserving,
and sharing the rich history of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and the
surrounding area.

Employment Opportunity: Director (Part-Time)

Job Description: Working in coordination with the volunteer Board of Directors, the Director will manage the day to day operations of the organization. Major responsibilities include management of the organization’s collections, volunteer and internship supervision, membership recruitment, assistance to researchers, the development of programs for public audiences and school groups, and coordination of the organization’s administrative needs. The Director will oversee collection management, which includes documenting and housing donations, entering data into Past Perfect, and maintaining up-to-date records of donors and acquisitions. The Director also oversees the development of the organization’s monthly newsletter and annual report. In coordination with the organization’s Buildings and Grounds Committee, the director also will be involved with managing the care and upkeep of the Society’s historic Stewart House and grounds. The Director often serves as the “public face” of the organization. This will include making public presentation to community organization as needed, and also serving as a liaison to community organizations and reporting back to the Board on those activities. The Director helps the Board to fulfill the organization’s strategic plan, prepares a draft agenda for Board meetings, attends monthly Board meetings, and fulfills other duties as required. The position is a part-time position, 25 hours per week, Monday through Friday 11 am to 4 pm, with occasional evening and weekend hours for Board meeting and special events. The position pays $14.00 per hour with a performance review and raise after three months of successful service. The position will begin in January 2017.

Skills and Knowledge: A successful candidate for the position of Director should:

 Hold the minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in History, Public History, American Studies, Museum Studies or a related field.

 Have 1-2 years of museum work experience (including paid work, volunteer work, or internships), and have knowledge of museum administration and practices.

 Know Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint), Past Perfect software, and social media applications (especially Facebook).

 Possess strong written and oral communication skills, excellent time management and project management skills, an ability to work with minimal supervision and to determine the best methods of performing assigned work, and experience working effectively and collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds.

 Candidates must possess or be eligible to receive backgrounds clearances for working with children as required by Pennsylvania state law.

To Apply: Please send a letter of application, a current resume or C.V., and three professional references to Dr. Steven Burg, President of the Shippensburg Historical Society. Materials can be emailed to (please put “Shippensburg Historical Society Director Application” in the message subject line), or mailed to: Shippensburg Historical Society, Director Hiring Committee, P.O. Box 539, Shippensburg, PA 17257. All materials must be received by 4:00 pm on Monday, November 28, 2016.

Join a Committee at SHS!

Big changes are happening at the Shippensburg Historical Society! The Board of Directors recently created three new committees to help support the work of the Society. These committees offer a great way for you to get involved with the important day-to-day work of the organization.

We hope you will consider sharing your time and talent with one of the three new committees:

Budget and Planning Committee: With direction from the Board, this committee will help to set priorities for the organization, and raise the funds needed for the organization’s operations. This committee is perfect for members who have fi-nancial or organizational experience, or who might like to help out with fundrais-ing efforts.

Programs and Collections: This committee will work directly with the Museum Director to enhance the Society’s research experience, tours, and public pro-grams, and to develop new programs that will help more people to learn about and experience our local history. This committee will also be responsible for working with the Society’s Director and Curator to care for and manage the So-ciety’s extensive historical collections.

Building and Grounds Committee: This committee will help to oversee the main-tenance, operations, and preservation of the Stewart House, the Society’s rental property, and the historic outbuildings, as well as the grounds and gardens at the Stewart House. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in the care and maintenance of historic buildings and its grounds. If you have a green thumb, or enjoy undertaking small household repairs, this would be the commit-tee for you.

If you are interested in getting involved with any of these committees, please contact us by the information to the left of the page. Thank you so much for helping to support the work of your historical society!


About Us:

The Society is supported by over 300 members and dozens of active volunteers who help us serve the Shippensburg community. Membership is open to anyone interested in the history of Shippensburg, and new members are always welcomed. The Society’s headquarters are located in the historic Dr. Alexander Stewart House, a beautiful eighteenth-century limestone and brick mansion located in the heart of Shippensburg’s Historic District. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Shippensburg Historical Society’s rich collections include a library of local history books, archival materials, photographs, obituary clipping files, maps, framed objects, clothing, and artifacts that document the history of Shippensburg from its founding in the 1730s to today. Researchers, genealogists, and students may use our collections during our public hours or by appointment. There is a research fee of $ 2 for patrons who are not members of the Shippensburg Historical Society. The research fee guarantees access to our library, genealogy, archival, and photographic holdings. Members of the Shippensburg Historical Society have access to these resources free of charge, as do students. There is a minor charge for photocopies for members, students, and non-members.

Visitors are invited to tour our exhibits featuring unique Shippensburg artifacts. Permanent exhibits include our display of Central Pennsylvania Indian arrowheads and tools, an extensive collection of Works Progress Administration educational aids used in Shippensburg during the Great Depression, the Dr. Alexander Stewart medical collections, and a collection of Shippensburg area pottery. Changing temporary exhibits also feature other unique items from our holdings. Regular dinner meetings feature lively presentations delivered by knowledgeable speakers on Shippensburg and Pennsylvania history.

If you are interested in local history, or if you are curious about discovering more about the rich history of the Shippensburg area, we hope you will come see us at the Stewart House. We look forward to exploring the history of Shippensburg with you!

The Shippensburg Historical Society is generously supported by the Alexander Stewart, M.D., Foundation; Richard and Mary K. Hosfeld Trust, and the Shippensburg Area United Way.

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 1:00-4:00 pm, or by appointment

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