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Call for State Humanities Scholar

Call for State Humanities Scholar


Deadline: July 15, 2015

The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) invites scholars holding an advanced degree in a humanities field to apply to act as the State Humanities Scholar for a partnership program with the Smithsonian Institution. The Scholar will help develop and implement local programming complementing the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition called The Way We Worked. The exhibit will tour six Oklahoma communities from January 2017 through December 2017, with the Scholar contracted to assist from January 2016 through December 2017. The overarching intention of using a State Humanities Scholar is to help host sites with the development of locally-based ancillary exhibitions, community activities, and public educational programs that expand on the Smithsonian exhibition’s central themes. Please reference the Museum on Main Street website for more information.

About Museum on Main Street
The Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program is the Smithsonian Institution key initiative that directly engages small town audiences and brings revitalized attention to underserved rural communities through their own museums, historical societies, and other cultural venues. MoMS develops critical partnerships with state humanities councils to bring Smithsonian traveling exhibitions to small towns. MoMS exhibitions are a powerful catalyst – opening doors to a community’s own history, its culture, its people, and to an enhanced pride of place.

About the State Humanities Scholar
The main responsibility of the State Humanities Scholar is to work hand in hand with local host communities to develop and implement complementary public programming that shares the local narrative of work and how work shapes our culture.

For a contract amount of $6,500 plus travel expenses, scholars will be required to:

  • Travel to each host location (6 statewide sites) to assist in program development and implementation over the 2016 planning year
  • Attend the Statewide Programming Meeting: June 2016 in Oklahoma City
  • Attend the Exhibition Installation Workshop: January 2017 (Location to be determined)
  • Attend the Capacity Building Training (part of the Installation Workshop): January 2017
  • Author a 2,250 word essay intended for a general audience that addresses Oklahoma specific examples of the cultural themes expressed in the exhibit for publication in Oklahoma HUMANITIES Magazine


State Humanities Scholars nationwide have also been used by past participating MoMS Sites in a wide variety of ways:

  • As lecturers at exhibition openings
  • To develop educational resources for teachers/students
  • As contributors to state-based websites
  • As authors of exhibition-related essays for academic journals and state council newsletters
  • As frequent respondents to statewide media
  • As a curator of on-line exhibition content about state history


To be considered for this important public humanities scholarship opportunity, please respond by July 15, 2015, by sending an email to Caroline Lowery ([email protected]) with the following information:

  • Your CV or Resume that demonstrates expertise in Oklahoma history, the history of work, or other areas pertinent to the exhibit themes.
  • Brief writing sample for a general audience
  • Brief description of why you are specifically well suited to carry out the project goals


Contact Caroline Lowery with any questions: [email protected]

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