This year, on the tenth anniversary of her passing, Maine Preservation honored the memory and contributions of long-term Maine Preservation board member and past President Patricia McGraw Anderson, by inaugurating the Patricia Anderson Summer Fellows Program. At the 2018 Annual Gala more than $6,000 was contributed through bid numbers raised at the live auction in her honor, including a $2,500 gift from one of the program’s employers, Arron Sturgis of Preservation Timber Framing.

Patricia McGraw Anderson was a noted local author, art historian, teacher and tireless advocate of historic preservation. Maine Preservation’s summer fellowship program is dedicated to the professional education of the next generation of historic preservationists. Up to five Summer Fellows, traditionally graduate students in historic preservation programs, receive a nationally-unique tangible introduction to the preservation field. Their nine weeks in the summer are split between hands-on applications of construction and repair with a trades or professional firm and policy and program development at Maine Preservation’s headquarters. Fellows gain important practical knowledge of how preservation businesses run and how preservation nonprofits function.  

Benefits of a Summer Fellowship include exposure to the preservation field, both to the tangible applications of construction and repair, and to the program, policy and advocacy side of preservation. Fellows will be introduced to the preservation professional’s community, policy makers, preservation consultants, supporters and donors, and allied organizations in the field. Fellows will gain important practical knowledge of how preservation businesses run and how preservation nonprofits function. An academic or professional background in preservation is encouraged and some experience related to the professional or trades placement is advantageous. A good sense of humor is essential.  

Maine Preservation partners with Bagala Window Works and Preservation Timber Framing to provide fellows with preservation trades training.

Preservation Timber Framing, headed by Arron Sturgis, a past president and current member of Maine Preservation’s Board of Trustees, repairs and restores 18th and 19th century barns, steeples, museums and houses.

Bagala Window Works, headed by Marc Bagala, has restored historic windows and doors from houses, churches, commercial blocks, etc. since 1988. Marc also designed and manufactures large-scale steam stripping machines.

You can make your donation to the Patricia Anderson Summer Fellows Program by clicking here.

2019 Patricia Anderson Fellows Program

Spend the summer in Maine working to save historic buildings! Maine Preservation, the statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization, is offering four Summer Fellowship positions for students of historic preservation and related fields in conjunction with the preservation trades and professions. Fellowships span 9 weeks in the summer, split between 5 weeks hands-on site work with a trades firm and 4 weeks of organizational work at Maine Preservation’s headquarters at the historic Captain Reuben Merrill House (1858) in Yarmouth, about 10 miles north of Portland.

Work at Headquarters

Responsibilities at Maine Preservation’s headquarters include research and professional writing along with event and advocacy orchestration. Special projects this summer include:

  • Most Endangered Historic Places and Honor Awards: solicit, research and help coordinate 2019 Most Endangered Historic Places list and the 2019 Honor Awards

  • Protect & Sell Program: assist with documentation and marketing of historic properties for sale through this program

  • Field Services with exposure to activities including easement inspections and recording, site visits and documentation of endangered steeples and historic rehabilitation tax credit projects.

  • Potential for field survey work and updating a National Register historic district nomination

Assignments and projects for the five weeks with our professional trades partners will be made according to the Summer Fellow’s skill set and the projects available at the time.

Compensation

Fellows will be compensated at $12 per hour during their 4 weeks at Maine Preservation headquarters and between $10 - $12 per hour during their 5 weeks with our trades partners.

Housing & Transportation

Housing and transportation will be the responsibility of the Summer Fellow. Maine Preservation is located at 233 West Main Street near the Yarmouth village, 10 miles northeast of Portland on Interstate 295. Transportation will also be required to get to the trades site each day, which can be up to an hour away from Portland (carpooling is common, but not guaranteed).

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Sarah Hansen at sarah@mainepreservation.org by Friday, March 15, 2019.

Please include in the cover letter:

(1) a brief introduction of your background

(2) a description of your relevant experience and skill set

(3) whether you have access to transportation and a Maine connection for the possibility of housing

(4) optimal 9-week timeframe between May and September when you are available

(5) why you’d like to work with Maine Preservation

After the application deadline has closed, Maine Preservation will review the applications with our partner trades organizations, and selected candidates will be interviewed by phone.

Fellowships are announced at the end of April.