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Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site

Internship

Site Hours: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day - Wed-Sun 10 am-4 pm; Labor Day to Columbus Day - Sat & Sun 10 am-4 pm; also by appointment
Semester: summer
Prerequisites: An undergraduate or graduate student whose focus is on any of the following: American History, American Studies, Education, Humanities, Museum Studies, Historic Preservation. Must have ability to work to work independently and have a passion for learning. Basic web-design experience is preferred by not required.

The Grant Cottage is the historic home where Civil War General and 18th President Ulysses S. Grant completed his memoirs and passed away in the summer of 1885.  Today, the cottage remains essentially the same as during the Grant family's stay.  Visitors tour the downstairs of the cottage, viewing the original furnishings, decorations, and personal items belonging to Grant, including the bed where he died, and floral arrangements that remain from Grant's August 4th funeral.  The site is owned by the State of New York and run in cooperation with the Friends of Grant Cottage, a non-profit organization.

Interns at the Grant Cottage will work closely with the Site Interpreter and Executive Director on projects in the areas of document and image archiving, providing tours of the Cottage, assisting with groups visits and special event facilitation, as well as online social networking.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in areas of historic site interpretation and operations.

Responsibilities include:
- Archive documents, photos, and other materials related to the Cottage, the life of Ulysses S. Grant and his family, and the history of Mount McGregor in the cottage library.
   * Scan photos, documents, and articles.
   * Develop and implement a system in our library for recording archived items and 
      accessibility for researchers.
- Work with the Executive Director to design and produce a web-based system to allow students and the general public to access the materials.
- Photograph various aspects of the Cottage including tours and special events for use in future publicity materials.
- Give tours of the Cottage along with the usual volunteer tour guides.  Training, an orientation, and lesson plan/background materials for giving tours will be provided.
- Monitor social networking site, and post appropriate historically-relevant materials on it as well as to the website and blog.
- Will report to the Sit Interpreter and Executive Director.  

Address
P.O. Box 2294
Wilton, NY12831
United States
(518) 364-4308
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Faculty Liaison
Eric Morser


Company Contact
Jonathan Duda, Executive Director
Phone: (518) 364-4308
Email: info@grantcottage.org
Internship Details
Internship Position
Internship
For Credit
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Transportation Required
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