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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

2014 Cole Fellowship

Salary: Free shousing + $400/month stipend
Semester: other

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) is now reviewing applications for fellows to participate in the research and interpretation of the work, home, and studio of Thomas Cole (1801 – 1848). Three applicants will be selected to join the site from June 4 – November 5, 2014.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first art movement. Cole's profound influence on America's cultural landscape inspires us to engage broad audiences through educational programs that are relevant today. TCNHS consists of Thomas Cole’s c. 1815 Federal-era brick home, his 1839 studio, and other historic structures on five landscaped acres with magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains.

Through a combination of research, interpretation, and hands-on projects, Cole Fellows are afforded an opportunity to conduct significant research and to gain professional museum experience.

Selected candidates are provided the opportunity to: + Conduct in-depth research that leads to a major project or paper based on her/his work over the season. + Lead tours of the historic site and have full engagement in interpretive programming. + Reporting directly to and working with the Collection and Exhibition Manager, Fellows also have the chance to work closely with the Executive Director, Education Director, and other staff; projects include collection care and research, educational programming, and special events. + Participate in staff meetings and learn about the structural, strategic, and creative decisions involved in the day-to-day operations of a historic artists’ house museum. + Make field trips to area museums and sites, meet museum professionals, participate in presentations and assigned readings, and benefit from professional development opportunities including resume review, and next step planning based on individual career goals.

Benefits: Free shared housing on-site (fully furnished apartment includes electric, water, heat, internet, and garbage removal) is provided, plus a monthly stipend of $400.

Qualifications: TCNHS seeks self-motivated recent graduates, graduating college seniors, and graduate students who have expressed a commitment to pursue careers in history, art, material culture, decorative arts, collection and exhibition management, research, museum studies, and/or education. Applicants should be flexible, organized, energetic, have a passion for art and ideas, and an affinity for working with the public. A car is helpful, but not required. Participation for the entire season, June 4 –November 5, is required. Work week is Wednesday-Sunday.

How to Apply: APPLICATIONS will be accepted now through FEBRUARY 18, 2014. *** Candidates who submit their applications on or before JANUARY 22, 2014, will be given priority consideration. Interviews with potential candidates begin in February.

To be considered, please send to Kate Menconeri, Collection & Exhibition Manager:

Cover letter describing your interest in the Fellowship and goals
- Resume 
- References – include names and full contact information for 3 people (professors, teachers, and/or employers)
- Writing sample (2 to 5 pages MAX)


How: EMAIL (PDF files only): or mail to Kate at Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring St. PO Box 426, Catskill, NY 12414.

For general questions, please email For general information about Thomas Cole National Historic Site, upcoming programming and exhibitions, and future events, please visit:

Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring St. PO Box 426, Catskill, NY 12414 /

218 Spring Street
P.O. Box 426
Catskill, NY12414
United States
Faculty Liaison
Eric Morser

Contact Details
Kate Menconeri, Collection & Exhibition Manager
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