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The Orange County Historical Museum is seeking a part-time museum coordinator to work approximately 15-20 hours per week, 3-4 days per week (Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm) with some evening and weekend hours required. Compensation: $10.00 per hour. 

Duties include:

  • Ensuring that daily museum operations tasks are completed. These include opening the museum, greeting and providing visitor services, ensuring the museum is clean, answering visitor and researcher inquiries, managing gift shop sales and inventory and closing the museum. 
  • Assisting the executive director in creating, updating and maintaining museum publicity, marketing, and social media efforts. 
  • Providing assistance to the executive director for other tasks and projects on an as-needed basis. 
  • Working with the executive director and committees to coordinate details for special events and public programming. 
  • Recruiting, scheduling, and assisting in oversight and training of volunteers to complete museum projects and maintain daily museum operations. 

To be successful in this position, the candidate should be friendly, self-motivated, organized, possess excellent communication skills, be proficient in Microsoft  Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, and social networking sites, and should have a working knowledge of American social and cultural history.

Knowledge of database software (PastPerfect and LittleGreenLight, for example) a plus. Teaching experience with K-12 students is desirable. A successful candidate for this position must be comfortable and enjoy interacting with the public and speaking to small and large groups. 

The Orange County Historical Museum, located in Hillsborough, NC, enlightens and engages its diverse community of Orange County students and visitors from around the world by preserving and interpreting the history of Hillsborough and Orange County. The museum houses and displays unique Orange County artifacts and documents, provides hands-on history programs for children, and offers a variety of events, exhibits, and family activities. 

To be considered for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Stephanie Pryor at director@orangeNChistory.org. Deadline: January 5, 2018. Email questions to director@orangeNChistory.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Orange County Historical Museum is to enlighten and engage our community and visitors from around the world by preserving and interpreting the history of Hillsborough and Orange County.


The Orange County Historical Museum offers permanent and special exhibits all year round. Permanent exhibits explore the development and history of Hillsborough in a chronological fashion, beginning with early Native American settlements, progressing through the 1950s. Special exhibits explore a variety of topics relevant to Orange County history and are displayed in the first and second-floor galleries.     

History of the Museum

In 1952, the residents of Orange County celebrated the 200th anniversary of the County at its seat in Hillsborough. People in Hillsborough displayed family heirlooms and sewed old-fashioned costumes for the celebration, which peaked with the production of an outdoor play, “The Road to Orange.” 

From this event, the Hillsboro Garden Club developed the idea of having a permanent location to exhibit artifacts and educate the public on the county’s history. Supported by their mission “To promote civic improvement, to foster civil pride and to create an awareness and appreciation of the Beauty and Charm of our Town," they formed the Orange County Historical Museum.    

The museum was chartered in 1956, and local families donated domestic goods, military relics, costumes, and furniture from their homes, largely from the 18th and 19th centuries, to create the collection. The museum officially opened on November 10, 1957 and was located in the second floor courtroom of the 1845 courthouse. Displays included the “homespun room” and a colonial kitchen. In 1966, the museum contracted artist Kenneth Whitsett to paint large murals depicting events of the 18th century in Orange County.  

In 1983, the museum moved out of the courthouse into the Confederate Memorial Building at the corner of Tryon and Churton Streets. Built in 1934, the building had served as the town library since 1935. The museum shared space with the Hillsborough Crafters, a quilting guild. In addition to historic exhibits, the museum began exhibiting the artwork of local artists in the second floor gallery. 

In 2000, the museum's Board of Directors revamped the mission statement and expanded its collecting scope. In 2007, the museum's Board of Directors merged with the Hillsborough Historical Society to form the Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County, which continues the operation of the museum to this day.  

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