Kress Fellowship in Objects Conservation at the Missouri Historical Society

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Sunday, 15 May, 2022 - 17:00

The Missouri Historical Society (MHS) is pleased to announce an opening for a one-year Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Objects Conservation. The full-time position (35 hours/week) will start in the fall of 2022 - specific dates are flexible depending on selected candidate's availability.

Description: The Kress Fellowship will focus on the examination, documentation, and treatment of materials from the museum's collections that have been selected for our upcoming exhibit highlighting LGBTQIA+ life in St. Louis (opens 2024). This exhibit will provide exposure to a wide and unique range of materials for the Kress Fellow to work with and gain experience from. There will also be opportunities for research and analysis, including Oddy testing.

The Kress Fellow will be an integral member of a small conservation department (one conservator and one technician), and as such will have additional opportunities to participate in exhibit planning, environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, and MHS's sustainability programs. The Fellow will work under the supervision of MHS's Objects Conservator.

About the Museum: MHS serves as the confluence of historical perspectives and contemporary issues to inspire and engage our audiences. This mission challenges us to relate historic events directly to the lives and concerns of local residents. To ensure that MHS is accessible to all, nearly every program and exhibition is offered at no charge.

Founded in 1866 for the purpose of "saving from oblivion the early history of the city and state," MHS is recognized today in the top ranks of history organizations in America, in large part for the dedicated pursuit of its mission. MHS operates the Missouri History Museum, a major urban history center, from the Jefferson Memorial Building-the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson-and the Emerson Center, a 92,000-square-foot expansion dedicated in 2000. MHS also maintains the Library & Research Center, a building separate from but in close proximity to the Museum that houses our extensive collections. In 2018, MHS reopened the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis through a partnership with the City of St. Louis.

Requirements: The candidate must be graduating or a recent graduate of a conservation graduate program in the U.S. or Canada, or a U.S. citizen graduating from a graduate-level conservation program abroad. Excellent communication, critical thinking, time management, and organizational skills are necessary for this fast-paced (but fun!) environment. The candidate should also have familiarity with a wide range of historic and modern materials.

Compensation and Benefits: The 12-month Fellowship includes a stipend of $37,000 plus benefits.
Applicants may apply online at Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Objects Conservation - St. Louis, MO

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2022. Interviews will be conducted by phone and virtually.

Questions about the Fellowship can be directed to Crista Pack, Objects Conservator, at