Dan Sousa Joins Historic Deerfield as Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Intern
Mar 13, 2017
By Amanda Lange
Curatorial Department Director and Curator of Historic Interiors
Dan Sousa has recently joined the staff at Historic Deerfield as the Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Intern. Over the next two years he will be working with the curatorial staff on collections research and writing – especially in the area of English ceramics, collections management and storage projects, exhibitions and programming, and other projects for the benefit of the museum’s historic houses.
Dan most recently worked as a Researcher for the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, MA. He has also worked for Skinner, Inc. Auctioneers and Appraisers and as an intern with the Boston Furniture Archive Project—a project of the Winterthur Museum. Dan holds a Masters Degree in American History from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and attended Providence College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in history. When asked about joining the staff at Historic Deerfield, he shared:
“I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to The Decorative Arts Trust and Historic Deerfield for their immense generosity in sponsoring my current position at Historic Deerfield. The opportunity to work closely with Historic Deerfield’s expert curatorial staff will provide me with invaluable professional experience as I embark on a museum career. I look forward not only to assisting the curatorial department with each of its various projects, especially the researching and writing of a new catalogue on English ceramics, but also learning from museum staff members’ wealth of knowledge.”
The Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Internship Award provides museums and historical societies with the assistance of an emerging decorative arts professional for a two-year period. The Decorative Arts Trust is a non-profit organization that encourages the study and appreciation of material culture through educational programs, collaborations, and grant funding. They provide grants and support for curatorial internships, scholarly research, conservation of objects, and lecture programs designed to feature emerging scholars in the field.
Decorative Arts Trust Intern Dan Sousa unpacks some newly arrived English ceramics at Historic Deerfield. Photography by Penny Leveritt.