CCAHA is continuing procedures put in place in response to COVID-19 to offer safe, socially-distanced pick-up and drop-off of objects for ​conservation treatment. We also offer virtual consultations via Zoom. For more information or to schedule a new appointment, email our Client Services Administrator Edie Tanis Brenna or call (215) 545-0613 x 303. The entire CCAHA staff is available by email to answer your questions and discuss new and ongoing projects.
In the Lab: Sir John Tenniel and Henry Darger

If you haven't checked out CCAHA's Instagram feed in a while, we recently shared updates on some exciting projects that we hope to follow throughout their entire treatment. Book Conservator Amber Hares is working with the American Folk Art Museum in New York on a two-year project to stabilize and digitize seven of the fourteen volumes of Henry Darger’s epic novel known as The Realms of the Unreal. It's breathtaking to see these massive volumes up close, and we're pleased to be able to share some behind-the-scenes treatment images.

Senior Paper Conservator Heather Hendry (pictured) is currently treating a group of illustrations by Sir John Tenniel drawn in 1871 for Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass. The drawings were each mounted on acidic paper board, which Heather removed by thinning it with various tools before placing the illustrations on a sheet of gellan to release the final layer of backing.

Funding Opportunity: NEH

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program offers funding to plan and implement exciting digitization and cataloging projects in order to make the intellectual content of your collections more widely accessible. Projects can include treatment of fragile material provided this work leads to increased access. 

Applications due: July 15, 2021

Thinking about applying for a project involving CCAHA? We are here to help you prepare your application materials. Email Lee Price, Director of Development, to get started.
Documentary Preservation & Heritage Services for New York (DHPSNY)

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Education contracts with CCAHA to deliver statewide services supporting organizations that safeguard New York's historical documents and library research materials.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's upcoming programs include webinars on the topics of Museum Chartering and Identifying Endangered Media Formats. Learn more and register at
Upcoming Programs
2021 Hurricane Season Preparations for U.S. Gulf Coast Cultural Institutions
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 3:00 PM ET

Our friends at the National Park Service are presenting this free webinar to review the 2021 U.S. Gulf Coast hurricane season preparations and response for cultural institutions. Dan Reilly, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at National Weather Service Houston/Galveston, will discuss the upcoming hurricane season and hurricane preparedness with content about the specific risks from wind, rain, flooding, and tornadoes that are associated with hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf Coast. Jason Church, Chief of Technical Services at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), will discuss preparing buildings and collections in the event of a storm. Richard McAlister, MSSM, Spokesperson & Meteorologist for the American Red Cross of Central and South Texas, will discuss personal safety and resilience. Steve Pine, Senior Conservator of Decorative Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance (TX-CERA), will moderate this webinar hosted by NCPTT and the Houston Arts Alliance.

For more details about the program, visit the National Park Service website.

Presented by the Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance (TX-CERA), Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT)
State Museum of Pennsylvania: Conservation of Violet Oakley's Drawings
Date: Friday, May 7
Time: 12:15 PM ET
Presenter: Heather Hendry, Senior Paper Conservator, CCAHA

Join Senior Paper Conservator Heather Hendry for a behind-the-scenes look at CCAHA's treatment of Violet Oakley’s preparatory drawings for the Senate Chamber at the Pennsylvania Capitol. This virtual program of the State Museum of Pennsylvania is free, but registration is required.
Have You Hurd? A Conservation Journey
Date: Thursday, July 15
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Joanna Hurd, Mellon Paper Conservation Fellow, CCAHA

As the CCAHA Mellon Paper Conservation Fellow, Joanna Hurd contributes to a busy regional center in paper conservation treatment, housing, and preservation services. In this webinar, Joanna will share her experiences leading up to this fellowship, as well as some of her current work. Joanna also serves on the CCAHA Equity and Inclusion Committee and will touch on the intersection of advocacy and art conservation.

CCAHA is committed to providing universal access to our programs. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs; please contact Stephenie Schwartz Bailey, by email at or by phone 215-545-0613 ext 314, at least seven days prior to the start of this event to make specific arrangements.
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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