The rest of what I do...

Executive Director/Curator

Cornwall Historical Society, Cornwall, CT
January 2011 - present

Provide the Board of Directors with guidance regarding museum best practices and ethics; assist in fundraising efforts; write grant applications and administer grant projects; create and implement strategy to increase visibility and attendance; training and oversight of interns and volunteer staff; develop collaborative programming with local organizations; management of collections; prepare, research, write and install exhibits; oversee program development and implementation; manage website, social media, and public relations.

 

Administratrix

Estate of Dennis E. Harmon, Waterbury, CT
March 2013 - present

Management of my father's unusual estate, which included a 5,000 square foot machine shop and 7,000 square feet of antiques and tools; in addition to managing commonplace estate matters, I oversaw the liquidation of my father's business, and personally operated a month-long estate sale, hiring and training sales staff and security staff, promoting the sale through print and online media, implementing POS for cash, check, and credit cards, and various other tasks associated with running a small business.

 

Curator

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, CT
August 2012 - December 2014

Assist with grant writing; develop and implement curatorial policies and forms meeting modern professional standards; conduct research, writing, and implementation of special exhibitions; work with Curatorial Committee to address collection needs; supervision and training of volunteers; advise Board members on best practices regarding collections and historic building care and maintenance.

 

Researcher/Watch Expert

Patrizzi & Co, NYC
August 2008 - August 2010

Full time position with a number of responsibilities including: historical research relating to companies and individual watches and clocks; research patent and trademark information for pocket expert books; art historical research to find original source images for engravings and enamel paintings on watches and clocks; research and write catalogue descriptions for the majority of lots in the NY auctions and for some of the lots in the Geneva auctions; examine lots being catalogued for condition and authenticity; design and install Preview exhibitions in NY and Hong Kong; coordinate with photographer and graphic designer during catalogue production; develop client relations; edit descriptions written by others for catalogues; contribute to and edit NY post-auction press releases.

 

Site Administrator, Phelps-Hatheway House

Suffield, CT
March 2008 - September 2008

Oversee daily operations at historic house museum; manage seasonal staff; develop programs; manage gift shop; engage in community outreach; coordinate with Connecticut Landmarks central office.

 

Independent Curator and Historian

Waterbury, CT
July 2005 - present

Contract work for museums, galleries and individuals to create exhibits and web sites, design book layouts, and conduct historical research; write essays on local history for publication in print and web.

 

Associate Curator

Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
1997 - 2005

Responsible for a variety of museum functions including: exhibit planning, research, design and installation; accessioning of new objects, general conservation, research requests, photographic services, collections management, creation and maintenance of collections database, museum websites and intranet server; manage and implement large grant projects for technology in the museum; assist with management of major construction project for renovation of collections storage and gallery spaces; assist with reinstallation of history exhibit; train and oversee maintenance staff in collections and exhibit related procedures; train docents for tours; train and assist staff with computers.