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. The entire CCAHA staff is available by email to answer your questions and discuss new and ongoing projects.
Save the Dates: CCAHA's Virtual Open House Nov. 9-12

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 panel discussions on a variety of conservation and preservation topics. Join us for four nights from Monday, November 9, through Thursday, November 12. Check in the coming weeks for updates.
CCAHA Remote Office Hours Continue Through 2020

Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM (ET)
Phone: (215) 545-0613 ext. 314

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.
Resource Spotlight: Photographic Storage & Conservation Terminology

Throughout the year, CCAHA staff members update and revise the many educational resources available on the Guides & Fact Sheets page of our website. This month, we updated two resources on photograph preservation: an illustrated guide to Storing Your Photographic Collection and a glossary of Photograph Conservation Terminology.
Save America's Treasures Announces $12.8 Million in Grants

Last month, the National Park Service, in partnership with IMLS, the NEA, and the NEH, announced $12.8 million in grants through the Save America's Treasures program. We wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate our friends at the Maryland Historical Society, American Folk Art Museum, and the Free Library of Philadelphia for being among the 42 organizations awarded. We look forward to collaborating with these organizations on upcoming conservation and preservation projects thanks to this funding. Click here to read more.
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.
Introduction to Historic Preservation
Date: Monday, October 5
Time: 1:00 PM MT
Presenter: David Amott, Interim Executive Director, Preservation Utah

This webinar will look at the major folk architecture dwellings of the region, discussing dominant types as well as the preservation issues the buildings face. Throughout the discussion, appropriate approaches to preservation will be identified and discussed.

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.
Conservator's Corner: White Lead Carbonate
Date: Monday, October 19
Time: 11:00 AM
Presenter: Heather Hendry, Senior Paper Conservator, CCAHA

Senior Paper Conservator Heather Hendry will discuss various methods of treatment for discolored white lead carbonate. Frequently used to create highlights or bright opaque whites, lead carbonate can react with hydrogen sulphide in the air, resulting in black, gray, or orangish discoloration. Chemical conversion can restore the white appearance, but a conservator must carefully consider many factors to determine the selection, delivery method, and clearance of the oxidizing agent. This presentation will discuss the science behind conversion and show several treatment approaches that have been used at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. Meant for practicing conservators, questions and discussion will follow the presentation.

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's next webinar, Common Collection Conditions: Assessing the Condition of Your Photograph Collections, is coming up Thursday, September 17, at 1:00 PM. In the fourth presentation of the Common Collection Conditions series, CCAHA's Senior Photograph Conservator Barbara Lemmen 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. 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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