CCAHA News & Events
Thank You for Making CCAHA's 2019 Open House a Success!

Last week, we were pleased to welcome more than 200 guests into the lab for CCAHA's annual Open House. This is our favorite event of the year, as it allows us to meet one-on-one with friends and colleagues from around the country and show off some of the amazing projects we have been working on lately. This year's guests included many in town for the biennial  Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS) conference. Our lineup of objects included a 15th century German guide to medicinal plants , a 12th century illuminated Persian manuscript, pop art prints, a digitally-reconstructed 19th century map , and much more. Click the image above to view more photos of the night on Instagram.
CCAHA in the News: Rare 'Book of Hours' Returns Home

“The restoration was very successful. I drove very carefully with a seatbelt around the packing box that held the custom-sized clamshell box provided by CCAHA to store the book.”

A wonderful bookend to our coverage earlier this summer of this beautiful c. 1480 copy of the Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis belonging to West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV. We shared the story of this treatment in the July/August edition of our FOCUS newsletter. The volume made it home safely and was showcased at a public reception on November 7 at the WLU Downtown Center in Wheeling.

Treatment FOCUS: A Collection of 170 Chinese Export Watercolors

Earlier this year, we shared a remarkable time-lapse video shot by Mellon Conservation Fellow Juliet Baines of a c. 17th century Chinese watercolor painting's discoloration vanishing as it is exposed to peroxide gas in a vapor chamber. I n the latest installment of our bimonthly FOCUS newsletter, you can learn more about the treatment process for the entire collection of 170 paintings belonging to the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University and the special conservation challenges they presented. 

Funding Opportunity: Save America's Treasures
Save America's Treasures is a National Park Service grant program in collaboration with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts , and the National Endowment for the Humanities . Designed to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections, the grant program is competitive and requires a dollar-for-dollar match. Individual properties or collections that received an SAT grant in the past are not eligible for additional funding. A list of past funded projects can be found here .

Applications are due December 10, 2019 .
Thinking about applying for a project involving CCAHA? Email  Lee Price, Director of Development , to get started. 
Funding Opportunity: NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

Applications for this grant will open November 15, 2019. Guidelines for the next application round have not been posted yet. In the meantime, click here to learn more.

Applications are due January 15, 2020.
Thinking about applying for a project involving CCAHA? Email  Lee Price, Director of Development , to get started. 
With A Stroke of Her Pen: Women's Imprint on American Culture
Date:  Friday, January 17, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia,

The Benjamin Franklin Birthday Celebration commemorates the centennial anniversary of Congress’ act to grant women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment crowned more than a century of persevering feminine activism. This event honors those who fought for the vote, as well as those women who have contributed significantly, often behind the scenes, to the development of the American nation. The event includes a luncheon and presentation of the Franklin Founder Award , a keynote address by Linda Greenhouse (left), and remarks to honor the life, career, and contributions of Cokie Roberts (right).
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. Learn more about DHPSNY.

Last month, DHPSNY dropped a new episode of The DHPSNY Podcast. In the latest episode, staff visited the Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County), which is just getting its archive off the ground. PDS is a great example of an institution with a rich history using a DHPSNY Archival Needs Assessment as an early step in establishing its archival program. Click here to listen on Mixcloud.

DHPSNY's next Planning & Assessment Services application deadline is this Friday, November 15, 2019 Applications for DHPSNY's services are accepted year-round and reviewed three times a year.  Click here to learn more and apply.
Striking the Balance: Access vs. Preservation in Museums
Dates: December 5-6
Location: Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

Innovative educational strategies have revolutionized how art and artifacts are presented to diverse audiences, as a variety of communication styles and learning preferences are considered. Programs that incorporate touch experience, adaptive exhibition environments, and interactive digital encounters relay the story for all. Even the work of conservators and museum professionals may be presented as part of the storytelling, as creative approaches to accessibility and collections care evolve. Yet, these approaches may seem at odds with preservation. The need for accessibility in museums requires a delicate balance between preservation and making materials available and understandable to a large audience with diverse needs. Strategies for promoting access with responsible stewardship is the focus of this conference.

This two-day conference includes the opportunity to explore interactive exhibits and a new special exhibition, Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier , at the Museum of the American Revolution .

Topics include:
· Touch programs with preservation handling
· ADA considerations in house museums
· Conservation on exhibit
· Digitization for accessibility
· Sensory sensitivity and visitor experience
· Giving access to university museum students

Funding for this program has been generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities , with additional support from Independence Foundation , the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts , the Philadelphia Cultural Fund , and The   William Penn Foundation.
Collections Management Practices
Presenter:  Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, CCAHA
Date: Wednesday, December 11
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM (12:00-1:30 PM MDT)
This presentation covers key collections management topics such as acquisition, appraisal, documentation and deeds of gift, inventory, and deaccessioning. Issues such as “found in the collection” items and abandoned property are also addressed.

This webinar is part of RHSP serving the Intermountain West, including Nevada, Utah, and parts of Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Though anyone is welcome to join, this series will be specifically geared for collecting institutions in this region.
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.
Support provided by The Philadelphia Cultural Fund