CCAHA News & Events
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards CCAHA $1 Million

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant of $1 million to CCAHA. The grant is part of the Foundation’s Comprehensive Financial Health Conservation Cohort Initiative aimed at strengthening the national infrastructure for cultural heritage conservation and preservation.

The initiative provided extended analysis and consultation with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, which allowed CCAHA to explore business processes, opportunities for growth, and areas of field leadership. The change capital provided by the Mellon grant will enable CCAHA to make substantial investments in capacity-building, infrastructure, and financial reserves to support its mission, as well as provide the means to advance the goals of a newly-completed strategic plan. As a result, CCAHA will be positioned for long-term stability and success as the organization continues to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world’s material culture. Click here to read the press release.
CCAHA at Small Museum Conference

Will you be at the Annual Small Museum Association Conference in College Park, MD, February 18-20? We will! CCAHA Preservation Specialist Samantha Forkso will be presenting "Preservation Planning for Cultural Institutions" on Monday from 11AM-12:30PM. We will also have a booth in the exhibit hall. Come by to say hi and get some preservation temporary tattoos!
CCAHA in the News

CCAHA Paper Conservator Heather Hendry recently presented "Gellan in Paper Conservation: A Hands-On Workshop for Conservators" at the Center for Jewish History (CJH) in New York, NY. The workshop, first in a series organized by CJH for practicing conservators, discussed CCAHA's use of gellan, a rigid polysaccharide gel with a wide range of uses in conservation. At CCAHA, we use it for washing items with water sensitive media; stain reduction; removal of backings, tapes, and adhesive residues; solvent delivery; and application of chelating agents. Hendry led the participants through presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Click here to read the article.

Our friends at the Mennonite Heritage Center wrote an article about our treatment of a rare 1536 Bible and two fraktur. Their blog post discusses the history of the objects and the conservation treatment they underwent at CCAHA. Click here to read the article.

Heather Hendry was also recently featured on the Instagram account of Wyeth Historic Sites. She is pictured examining wallpaper at the Kuerner Farm kitchen. Click here to see the post.
CCAHA Executive Director Laura Hortz Stanton Deployed to Puerto Rico

CCAHA Executive Director Laura Hortz Stanton spent the first week of January in Puerto Rico, meeting with the staff of collecting institutions to help assess their recovery needs after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The initiative was spearheaded by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, which deployed several teams of its National Heritage Responders with funding from Ironshore and its reinsurer, Lloyd’s of London. Click here to read more about the experience.
CCAHA's Regional Heritage Stewardship Program

Building upon past success in education and network-building, CCAHA is leading a set of ambitious strategies to aid underserved regions of the country, adapting successful service models to assist collecting institutions along the Eastern Gulf Coast and in Appalachia.

The RHSP team will be attending several museum conferences in the next two months. In March, CCAHA Preservation Specialist Samantha Forsko will attend the Mississippi Museums Association Annual Meeting in Jackson, MS, and the Alabama Museums Association Annual Conference in Tuscaloosa, AL. CCAHA Director of Preservation Services Dyani Feige will attend the West Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference in Charleston, WV, on March 22-24.

Upcoming programming includes webinars on mold and workshops on essential policies and risk assessments for cultural institutions (more information below).

Alliance for Response Philadelphia Belfor and Wharton Esherick Museum Tour

On February 24, Alliance for Response Philadelphia will tour the Belfor Facility in Exton, PA. Afterward, they will head to the Wharton Esherick Museum for a special off-season tour. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Upcoming Programming
Regional Heritage Stewardship Program

Mold: Preservation, Detection, and Response

This webinar will cover the basics of mold: what it is, why it happens to archival and library materials, how to recognize it, and strategies for prevention and recovery. Resources for responding to a mold outbreak will also be discussed.
Regional Heritage Stewardship Program

Workshop III: Essential Policies and Procedures for Cultural Collections

This workshop will provide an overview of policy and planning documents that are essential for collections care, such as environmental policies, housekeeping guidelines, and maintenance policies.
Participants will learn the critical components of these documents and will receive tangible examples of how to adapt them to different institutions. Policy development, approval, and implementation responsibilities of staff, volunteers, and board will be discussed.
Regional Heritage Stewardship Program

Workshop IV: Risk Assessments for Cultural Institutions

In order to develop an emergency preparedness and response plan, an institution must understand the risks its collections face. A risk assessment identifies potential risks and outlines strategies to mitigate damage in the event of an emergency or disaster. 
This workshop will offer tips for conducting these assessments on a site-wide level and for specific collections, as well as case studies of institutions that have dealt with disasters, and advice on forming relationships with first responders and other outside contacts who can help conduct risk assessments.
Upcoming Grant Opportunities

A preservation needs assessment is a key first step in the process of caring for collections. In addition to pinpointing areas of concern, the preservation needs assessment is widely recognized as a valuable tool in fundraising. Many funders strongly recommend that potential applicants cite the findings of these assessments within their grant applications for conservation and preservation projects.

Through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, CCAHA is able to offer a limited number of subsidized preservation needs assessments.

Applications must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, March 16, 2018.

An Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan is an integral part of a comprehensive Preservation Program. The preparation and continued updating of a plan has several benefits including identification of areas of risk and hazards, establishment of procedures and systems to mitigate potential risks, determination of collections priorities, and development of procedures for quick response to limit damage to collections. 

Through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, CCAHA is able to offer a limited number of subsidized risk assessments.

Applications must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, March 16, 2018.
Upcoming LYRASIS Programs 
In 2016, CCAHA and LYRASIS partnered to increase their constituents’ access to vital services. CCAHA members receive a discount on LYRASIS programming. In addition, the organizations offer combined consulting for cultural heritage organizations. 
The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is a nonprofit conservation facility specializing in the treatment of works on paper, photographs, and books through conservation and state-of-the-art digital imaging services. Founded in 1977, CCAHA serves collecting institutions and private individuals. CCAHA’s preservation services staff present educational programs, conduct preservation assessments, and develop emergency preparedness plans. CCAHA also offers fellowships, fundraising support, and disaster assistance.