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Collection Intern

The Wornall/Majors House Museums

6115 Wornall Road

Kansas City, MO 64113




The Wornall/Majors House Museums is a non-profit that preserves and interprets two of Kansas City’s most significant antebellum landmarks – the John Wornall House Museum and the Alexander Majors House Museum. The Museums engage the Kansas City community by bringing history to life through innovative, hands-on programs and experiences. The houses, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, feature hands-on tours, field trips, summer camps, adult education programs, and more.

 About the Internship

Our interns experience many facets of museum management. We value our interns and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.

The internship runs through the summer and may extend into the fall if desired. This is an unpaid position for college credit. The internship will focus on the John Wornall House’s collections. Throughout the course of the internship, the intern will research collection items using museum records and outside sources, and update collection records in Past Perfect. 


  • Examine museum collection records
  • Conduct research to determine validity of records
  • Conduct research to obtain new information
  • Update collection records in Past Perfect
  • Update Past Perfect to reflect latest inventory
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Familiarity with research methods
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to discern importance and validity of information
  • Genuine interest in the history of the area and of the Civil War
  • Background in museum studies, history, or library science preferred.


The intern will work 15 hours a week at the John Wornall House Museum for a minimum of 8 weeks. Beginning and ending dates can be flexible and the internship may extend into the fallsemester if desired. In addition, the intern may be asked to participate in special events and field trips. These hours are not required and may be substituted for a regularly scheduled shift.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to:

Sarah Bader-King,

Summer Camp Manager

6115 Wornall Road

Kansas City, MO 64113


The Wornall/Majors House Museums




Camp Wornall/Majors introduces children to what daily life was like on the frontier 150 years ago through interactive activities and experiences. Campers will have the opportunity to travel through history, from Native American communities through the Civil War. History will come to life for children as they interact with reenactors and participate in story-telling about the Underground Railroad, the Battle of Westport, the Pony Express, and more. They will also have hands-on opportunities to learn how to create various items that were integral to pioneer life: everything from paint, granola, rope, ink, and fabrics. Camp Wornall/Majors is for children who have completed kindergarten through age 12.

2 Week-long camps take place 9 AM – 4 PM at the Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO 64113) Monday-Thursday, and at the John Wornall House (6115 Wornall Rd., KCMO 64114) on Friday.

Dates: June 12-16, July 10-14

3 One-day camps 9 AM – 5 PM, 2 at the Alexander Majors House, and 1 at the John Wornall House.

Dates: June 8, June 26, July 18


  • The Camp Manager is responsible, in conjunction with the Camp Director, for overseeing the supervision, coordination, and evaluation of Camp Wornall/Majors including:
  • Preparing daily camp activities
  • Leading group activities and lessons
  • Enforcing rules, regulations, and administration of camp programs and activities
  • Supervising volunteers and junior counselors
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Two years of college with a major in education, history or non-profit management
  • Availability for all sessions of camp plus additional time to prep for camp as needed.
  • Must pass an NCSI background check.
  • CPR/First Aid certified, or willing to obtain certification, paid for by Wornall/Majors.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with relevant experience in history or education

Compensation: $8/hr.

To apply send resume to:

Sarah Bader-King, Director of Public Programming and Events

Almost done!

Hello all!

My last post I talked about how I am almost finished with entering the entire collection into the museum’s collections management software. I can safely say that next week that will finally be finished. It is a bit relieving finally getting this task accomplished. When I first came to the American Royal almost two years ago, I had no idea the amount of work that was needed. After my first couple of weeks I quickly knew that I could not complete the task within the ten weeks I was initially hired for. I was working off a Microsoft Access database that was created in 2003 and was horribly outdated and was missing over 400 entries. I decided the only way to accomplish this task thoroughly was to go through each file individually and to ignore the Access database. Now I have entered just over 500 artifacts and when I am finished it should be closer to 525.

When I am finished with this I will start writing the action plan and organizing the collections storage areas available to me now. The end of the semester is quickly approaching, but everything is finally coming together.

Thanks for reading!

Philip Bland