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Little Compton Historical Society
This coming academic year the Little Compton Historical Society is focusing on women’s history. We will be emphasizing Bottom Up History, doing deep research into Little Compton women of all races from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and also collecting interviews and oral histories for women born in the 20th century. In addition to the lives of thousands of women born and raised in Little Compton itself, we also have the opportunity to study the lives of hundreds of women from all parts of the country who have chosen to “summer” here since the 1840s.

Our goals are to expand our archive of women’s history, create an on-line resource for the public to access our work, and design and install a special exhibition that will open around July 4, 2020.

A great deal of this work will be done by community volunteers, and I am thinking of running the project in the spirit of a graduate course with regular meetings (monthly) of the volunteers to share and learn from each other as well as from instructors with expertise in certain areas.
This project is more fluid that many of our past projects. No specific format or word count for end products. My hope is that the on-line platform will support a wide variety of end products from “200 word labels” to full academic research papers.

We welcome student participation. On site is wonderful, but I think remote participation is a real possibility.
If you have a student who might be interested, please put them in touch with me.

Anyone interested in applying for this position (either in the spring or fall) should email Marjory O’Toole directly at lchistory@littlecompton.org by Friday August 30 (for the fall semester) or Friday January 17 (for the spring semester).


Rhode Island Historical Society
Education Intern: Digital Textbook Project (Fall 2019)
The Rhode Island Historical Society is looking for graduate and undergraduate student interns to work with its Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs during the fall of 2019. The intern will work under the direction of Education Center staff on a digital textbook, EnCompass , a resource for K-12 students and teachers for Rhode Island history. It features primary and secondary resources and associated classroom activities. The intern will work with Education Center staff to research resources available in our collections and in collections of institutional partners throughout the state, research a topic or topics and write topical essays for publication.

Hours can be arranged but will mainly fall during the regular work week with some opportunities for work from home or on the weekends as permitted. The intern must be able to travel to RIHS’ offices and library in Providence. There may be opportunities to travel to partner sites. Thanks to a generous grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, we are able to offer interns $100 for each completed essay (requirements will be discussed before internship start date). Internship credit or course credit can be also arranged with your university department.
Candidates must have strong research and writing skills and be able to write scholarly content for a general audience. Consideration will be given to graduate students in public history, public humanities, museum education, museum studies, education, or a related field. Undergraduate students may be considered upon high recommendation from a professor familiar with your research and writing skills.

To apply, please send a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to Kelvis Hernandez at khernandez@rihs.org. In the subject line, please include “RIHS Internship: EnCompass Fall 2019”