CCAHA News & Events
Philadelphia Stewardship Program Application Deadline Extended

The application deadline for CCAHA's Philadelphia Stewardship Program has been extended to Friday, September 20. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by this date to be considered. Click here to learn more and apply.

The Philadelphia Stewardship Program aims to help organizations assess their preservation needs and develop long-range plans to address them. Funded by the  William Penn Foundation, this program has provided collections care training and subsidized assessments to institutions in the Philadelphia area for over 15 years. Organizations can apply for services in six separate categories: Preservation Needs Assessments; Preservation Planning; Risk Assessment and Emergency Planning; Collections Management Policies; Digitization and Digital Preservation Policies; and the development of an individual preservation-related assessment or planning project.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Off the Shelf: Access and Preservation
in Libraries and Archives
Dates: October 22-23
Location: Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis

Innovative educational strategies have revolutionized how books and archival materials are experienced by diverse audiences, as a variety of communication styles and learning preferences are considered. Digitization, behind-the scenes tours, and adaptive exhibition environments relay the story for all. Even the work of conservators and librarians 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 libraries and archives 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 in libraries and archives is the focus of this conference.
 
This two-day conference includes the opportunity to participate in Indiana Experience  at the Indiana History Center .
 
Topics include:
· Security issues in public access
· Digitization as access
· Opening special collections for audiences beyond researchers
· Sensory stimulation and visitor experience
· Increasing understanding of collections stewardship

Funding for this program has been generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities , with additional support from the  William Penn Foundation.
Treatment FOCUS: A 15th Century Book of Hours

In the latest installment of FOCUS, we learn about a c.1480 copy of the Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis belonging to West Liberty University's Elbin Library in Liberty, West Virginia. After creating a collation diagram of the sewing and quire structure, CCAHA Book Conservator Amber Hares was able to carefully disassemble, treat, and resew this beautifully illustrated medieval devotional text. Click here to read more.
AFR Philly Presents Office of Emergency Management Tour

Celebrate 2019's National Preparedness Month and become more prepared for disasters and emergencies at your cultural heritage institution! Join Alliance for Response Philadelphia on Friday, September 13, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM for a tour of the city's Office of Emergency Management Headquarters, 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia. Following the tour, guests will meet with Philadelphia's former Fire Commissioner for a short presentation on fire safety and an opportunity for questions and answers. This event is free to attend, and cultural heritage professionals are encouraged to join.
Funding Opportunities: IMLS Inspire! Grants for Small Museums & Museum's for America
 
IMLS Inspire! Grants for Small Museums  is a special IMLS initiative designed to inspire small museums to apply for funding to implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans, including collection stewardship activities. Within the Collection Stewardship track, museums can apply for projects that include conservation surveys, conservation treatments, rehousing, digitization and other collections care activities. Applicants may request up to $50,000 for a project, with some cost share encouraged but not required. Click here to learn more and apply.
 
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 and Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship and Public Access. Click here to learn more and apply.

Applications for both grants are due November 15, 2019.
 
Thinking about applying for a project involving CCAHA? Email  Lee Price, Director of Development , to get started. 
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.

The first deadline to register for DHPSNY's fall workshop series, Understanding Archives: An Introduction to Archival Basics , is coming up next week. Workshops will be presented in five locations throughout the State, starting with a session at The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum on Wednesday, September 25. Click here to learn more and register.

DHPSNY's next Planning & Assessment Services application deadline is 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.
WEBINAR
Introduction to Emergency Preparedness and Risk Assessments
Presenter: Samantha Forsko, Preservation Specialist, CCAHA
Date: Wednesday, September 25
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM (MDT)
 
One of the most important steps any cultural institution can take to safeguard its collections is to be prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster. Before an institution can begin developing an emergency preparedness and response plan, it is important to understand just what kinds of risks its collections might face. A risk assessment identifies potential risks and outlines strategies that might 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. Participants will also learn about tools for developing an Emergency Response and Preparedness Plan and the basics of collections salvage.

This webinar is part of the Regional Heritage Stewardship Program (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.
WORKSHOP
Caring for Paper Collections in Your House Museum or Historic Building
Presenter: Stephenie Schwartz Bailey, Education Program Manager & Preservation Consultant, CCAHA
Date: Thursday, October 10
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery of Drexel University, Philadelphia
 
The end of family ownership and opening of historic buildings to visitors determines the use, presentation, and long-term care of the collections within. This workshop introduces best practices for handling, housing, and exhibiting photographs, books, and paper artifacts when architecture may limit storage space and environmental controls. Discussion will include an overview of the agents of deterioration, how to prioritize conservation concerns, and recommendations for preventive maintenance. After identifying preservation quality materials and tools, participants will design and make an enclosure for a paper artifact.
TWO-DAY WORKSHOP SERIES
Essential Policies and Procedures for Cultural Collections & Risk Assessments for Cultural Institutions

Location : Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO
Presenter : Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, CCAHA
Dates: Monday, October 14 | Tuesday, October 15

Location : McQuarrie Memorial Museum, 145 North 100 East, St. George, UT
Presenter : Samantha Forsko, Preservation Specialist, CCAHA
Dates: Thursday, October 17 | Friday, October 18

This fall, CCAHA staff will present two workshops on consecutive days in two locations in the Intermountain West . Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities , the Regional Heritage Stewardship Program (RHSP) is an initiative of CCAHA that brings vital preservation services to regions of the country with limited access to conservators and preservation expertise. In partnership with Utah field services providers, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services and Utah Humanities , the 2019-2020 RHSP Intermountain West project brings in-person workshops, webinars, and preservation needs assessments to collecting institutions in under-served parts of Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico .

Essential Policies and Procedures for Cultural Collections
An institution’s collections care and business practices are defined by its written policies and procedures. Institutional memory is often lost through staff changes, but best practices are encoded in these important documents. 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, volunteer, and board will be discussed.

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.
WORKSHOP
Fundraising for Preservation and Conservation
Presenter: Lee Price, Director of Development, CCAHA
Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: The Rosenbach, Philadelphia
 
Dream big! Collections-based initiatives often need a jolt of outside funding to succeed. This workshop will examine the advance planning that should support preservation and conservation initiatives, the range of potential funding sources to consider, and writing approaches that can make a request compelling. Working from examples drawn from success stories at museums, historic sites, libraries, and archives, participants will gain an understanding of how to develop and implement funding strategies capable of making your collections care preservation dreams come true.
CCAHA's 2019 Open House
Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: CCAHA, 264 South 23rd Street, Philadelphia

Every fall, CCAHA welcomes friends, colleagues, and neighbors into the lab for our annual Open House. Visitors enjoy refreshments, socialize, and get an up-close look at some of the remarkable projects we have worked on the previous year. Our 2019 Open House is scheduled in conjunction with this year's Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS) Conference , which takes place November 7-9 in Philadelphia.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
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 the  William Penn Foundation.
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