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, 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.
November 9-12 | 6:30-7:30 PM ET
Every fall, CCAHA staff looks forward to welcoming guests into our lab for an up-close look at what we do. While we are unable to meet in person this year, we are committed to keeping the Open House tradition going with a special series of online presentations featuring some of the impressive objects we have worked on this year, along with discussions on a variety of conservation and preservation topics.
This year's Open House will span four nights from Monday, November 9, through Thursday, November 12, with each evening's presentations combining behind-the-scenes video of projects currently in our lab and follow-up discussion from a panel of staff and experts. Featured objects will include items from the Edward Hopper House, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Masonic Temple Library & Museum, and more.

When you register, you will be provided with a Zoom link that will work for all four nights. More information on each night's program will be sent a week before each program.

Thanks to this year's sponsors for their generous support!
Video: The Hidden History in Black Genealogy

This summer, we welcomed a video crew from Freethink, in partnership with, into the CCAHA lab to interview Manager of Digital Imaging Maggie Downing and Senior Book Conservator Richard Homer for a short documentary film, The Hidden History in Black Genealogy. We're excited to share the finished video, which is centered on Philadelphia's Eden Cemetery, stewards of many of the city’s earliest Black churchyards and burial grounds. CCAHA is working with Eden to survey a selection of record books from the early 1900s, and here we see firsthand how access to this data helps Ancestry member Jennifer Rencher discover a surprising secret in her family tree.

Treatment FOCUS: A Daguerreotype of George Mifflin Dallas

Born in Philadelphia in 1792, George Mifflin Dallas was a prominent politician who served as mayor of Philadelphia, a United States Senator, and eventually Vice President of the United States under James K. Polk. The height of his fame coincided with the popularity of the daguerreotype, and recently one of two surviving daguerreotype portraits of Dallas was sent to CCAHA for treatment. Learn more about Dallas' life and the treatment process that will preserve this portrait for future research and exhibition.

RHSP Preservation Needs Assessment Applications Due October 31

CCAHA, in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services and Utah Humanities, is pleased to offer a limited number of Preservation Needs Assessments for institutions in the Intermountain West Region, subsidized with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 

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. The RHSP Intermountain West Preservation Needs Assessment Program is open to nonprofit institutions within Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Applications must be submitted by October 31.

Funding Opportunities: IMLS

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.
Florida Series: Intro to Digitization
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Maggie Downing, Manager of Digital Imaging, CCAHA

One way to connect with your constituents when they can't visit your institutions is through your collections. How do you get started in the process of digitization? Before you can provide access to collection materials, you must first create a plan for digitization. This webinar will focus on the first steps an institution should take, including: prioritization of collections, metadata and digital file specifications, equipment selection, ongoing file management, digitizing materials for quick online access on a shoestring budget, strategies for funding more complex digitization projects, and caring for digital collections long-term.

Who should attend? Florida museums, libraries, historic homes and sites, archives, arts organization, and other cultural institutions.

This free webinar series has been developed by CCAHA and is supported in partnership by the Florida Association of MuseumsFlorida Humanities, the Society of Florida Archivists, Visit Florida, and Culture Builds Florida.
Oral History Essentials, Ethics, and Community Engagement
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 12:00 PM MT
Presenter: Randy Williams, Folklorist & Ethnographer, Emerita Faculty, Utah State University

This webinar will cover the basics of partnering with—and following the lead of—community scholars to prepare for and host an oral history effort, including ethics, basic know-how, research, question preparation, and archival strategies.

The Regional Heritage Stewardship Program is an initiative of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its Intermountain West regional program is conducted in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services and Utah Humanities.
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's next webinar, Stories from the Field: Mold at RPI, is coming up Monday, October 19, at 2:00 PM. In this webinar, Tammy Gobert, Automation Archivist at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Library (RPI), will share insight and lessons learned from RPI's experience with a persistent mold outbreak in their collections. To register for this and other upcoming online education programs, visit
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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