The Atlanta History Center is looking for an initiative-taking and results-oriented professional to fill the full-time, three-year temporary role within the organization of Exhibition Objects Specialist. The Exhibition Object Specialist will compile and organize historical data, research, and objects for a new exhibition on the causes, consequences, conduct, and historical relevance of the Civil War Era.
This new signature exhibition will create a new national model for interpreting the Civil War Era and making it relevant to 21st-century audiences. The exhibition will focus on (but is not limited to) events from the 1840s through the 1880s. It will entail all new casework, design, and digital components as well as an array of newly acquired objects that speak to younger and more diverse audiences. The exhibition will include honest, constructive, and evidence-based discussions of topics such as the Trans- Atlantic slave trade, changing definitions of race and freedom, the Constitution and political struggles over slavery, American economic, territorial, and technological expansion, conduct and campaigns of the Civil War (especially the Atlanta campaign), the destruction of slavery, the nation’s “second founding” (“Reconstruction”), the impacts of the war in global context, post-war narratives or myths, and the long reach of the Civil War Era into today’s world. This content will be delivered primarily in the 9,200-square-foot DuBose Gallery. The exhibition will emphasize one of the largest and finest Civil War collections in the world, including approximately 500 long arms, 700 artillery projectiles, as well as swords, accoutrements, flags, and two major collections of excavated artifacts. This content will be delivered primarily in the 6,200-square-foot Goldstein Gallery. Objects will be arranged and interpreted according to type or use, manufacturer, technology, and significance. It will engage visitors with quick, engaging, and easily understood explanations; it will also function as a sort of library for the study and comparison of artifacts, especially for collectors and researchers.
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