National museum seeks beer historian

National museum seeks beer historian

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is hiring an Historian/Scholar for a three-year role.

The role is funded by the Brewers Association who, museum curator Paula Johnson explains to the Washington City Paper, can “focus and dedicate efforts towards research, documentation, and collecting American brewing history.”

He goes on to say: "We have collected food history for many years, so when we were doing the research for the exhibition, which is all about big changes in the post Second World War era in how and what we eat, one thing we were curious about is the craft beer movement.

"We were looking at wine, coffee, cheese, artisanal bread, and farmers markets. Well, this movement with small-scale, local regional beer is part of the ethos."

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The full job post can be seen below.


American Brewing History Initiative

IS-11 ($64,650 plus benefits)

The Smithsonian Food History project at the National Museum of American History, in Washington, DC, is seeking [an Historian/Scholar] to conduct archival and field research for a new initiative on American brewing history, with special emphasis on the craft industry.

The position is located in the Division of Work and Industry and will be a three-year appointment. The successful candidate will have proven experience in scholarly research, organising and conducting oral history interviews, writing for both scholarly and general audiences, and knowledge of material culture and archival materials.

The candidate will work with members of the curatorial staff on collections work and develop content for a wide variety of programs and applications, including digital formats. Candidates with an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, cultural, or similar specialisation within history are encouraged to apply.

Must be able to travel, work independently as well as within a team environment, to meet deadlines, and to communicate effectively with co-workers and the public.

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