CCAHA has new procedures in place to offer safe, socially-distanced pick-up and drop-off of objects for ​conservation treatment. In response to COVID-19, we now also offer virtual consultations via Zoom. For more information or to schedule a new appointment, contact our Client Services Administrator Edie Tanis Brenna. The entire CCAHA staff remains available by email to answer your questions and discuss new and ongoing projects.
Looking Back on CCAHA's Fellowship Year

For decades, CCAHA has demonstrated a commitment to training the next generation of conservators through fellowships and internships. In August, we say goodbye to NEA Paper Conservation Fellow Benjamin Kirschner (above left) and Mellon Paper Conservation Fellow Juliet Baines (right). In their time here, Benjamin and Juliet have been very active members of the CCAHA team, conducting research, presenting at our annual Open House and other events, and generously sharing images of their treatments with our followers on Instagram. As a new fellowship year begins, we look forward to welcoming back Joanna Hurd, a former CCAHA intern and recent alum of the University of Delaware's WUDPAC program, for 2020-21. Fellowships are supported by CCAHA's Mellon Endowment, a grant from the NEA, and CCAHA's Ruzicka Legacy Fund, honoring former Director of Conservation Glen Ruzicka.

We would also like to welcome Rachel Bissonnette, who joins us through the end of August for a summer internship in book conservation, supported by the Ruzicka Legacy Fund, under the guidance of Senior Book Conservator Richard Homer. Both Rachel and Juliet will present free webinars later this month, and you can learn more and register at or in the Upcoming Programs section below.

Photo: Daniel Traub, Longwood Chimes issue 300.
CCAHA Remote Office Hours Extended Through 2020

Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM (ET)
Phone: (484) 854-3420

Do you have questions about starting a preservation project while working at home or social distancing from your staff? Or a conservation concern during physical distance from your collections? If you have limited access at this time to email or the internet, or prefer a conversation with a CCAHA staff person, phone call-in office hours are available with CCAHA Education Program Manager & Preservation Consultant Stephenie Schwartz Bailey, who can answer questions, refer you to educational resources, and connect you to other CCAHA staff as necessary.
Funding Opportunities: SHRAB and IMLS

The Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is pleased to announce a new cycle of Historical & Archival Records Care Grants, funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). Awards will improve the preservation of historically valuable original records. Published/printed material, works-of-art, textiles, artifacts and museum objects are not eligible. The grants are administered on a competitive basis, and funding for the awards is for two years.

Deadline: Thursday, October 1
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories: Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors & Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship & Public Access.

Deadline: Monday, November 16
The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Museums for America has three project categories: Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors & Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship & Public Access.

Deadline: Monday, November 16

Thinking about applying for a project involving CCAHA? Email Lee Price, Director of Development, to get started.
Upcoming Programs
At CCAHA, we understand that the COVID-19 crisis is causing many individuals and cultural institutions financial hardship. We're committed to making all of our online programming free during this time in order to ensure that you have access to valuable information, helpful resources, and opportunities to develop and grow, no matter your circumstances. You can also view archived recordings of past webinars on the CCAHA YouTube channel.
Conservator's Corner: Dacron Lining
Date: Friday, August 14
Time: 10:00 AM ET
Presenter: Juliet Baines, Mellon Paper Conservation Fellow, CCAHA

Mellon Paper Conservation Fellow Juliet Baines will share when and how the Dacron lining technique is used at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts to line over-sized flat paper objects. This presentation includes instructive photographs and 3D images to illustrate the technique step-by-step. Meant for conservators with basic understanding of lining paper and photographic artifacts​, there will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

This program of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is provided with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the William Penn Foundation.
Adapting a Summer Internship During COVID-19
Date: Wednesday, August 26
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Rachel Bissonnette, Conservation Intern

Rachel Bissonnette, CCAHA conservation intern and rising second-year Library and Archives Conservation Education (LACE) Fellow from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC), will share lessons learned from her recent experience at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Graduate students in WUDPAC are required to complete summer work projects at the end of their first academic year, but for Rachel and her classmates, this summer looked very different. In this webinar, Rachel will discuss the projects she undertook at CCAHA under the supervision of Senior Book Conservator Richard Homer and at home. She will reflect on how these projects contribute to her continuing education in conservation during COVID-19 and speak to what she thinks this pandemic means for her career and others starting in the field of cultural heritage preservation.

This program of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is provided with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the William Penn Foundation.
Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) Program Updates

The New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education contracts with CCAHA to deliver statewide services supporting organizations that safeguard New York's historical documents and library research materials.

DHPSNY is committed to supporting antiracist work and amplifying the voices of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) working in archives, libraries, historical societies, and museums in New York. As a first step toward broadening this support, we are sharing information and promoting resources in hopes of fostering discussion among collecting institutions in New York. Click here to read the first post in DHPSNY's Antiracism Resources blog series.

On Thursday, September 17, join CCAHA's Senior Photograph Conservator Barbara Lemmen for the free webinar Common Collection Conditions: Assessing the Condition of Your Photograph Collections. This presentation will discuss how to identify common condition problems found in photograph collections and introduce five priority levels that can be utilized to categorize collection items based on the urgency of conservation needs. Click here to register.

Recordings of last month's webinars on Board Governance, presented in partnership with the New York Council of Nonprofits, are now available to view for free at or the DHPSNY YouTube channel.
Founded in 1977, the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is a one-stop shop for every conservation and preservation need. CCAHA specializes in the treatment of works on paper, photographs, and books, as well as state-of-the-art digital imaging services. CCAHA’s preservation services staff present education programs and conduct preservation assessments nationwide. CCAHA also offers conservation fellowships, fundraising support, disaster assistance, and more.
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