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Treatment FOCUS: A Fife Music Book Facsimile

The latest edition of FOCUS discusses our creation of a facsimile of an 1803 book of fife music for the National Museum of the United States Army. The Museum, which is slated to open its doors in early 2020, has brought many objects to CCAHA in the lead-up to the opening to prepare them for exhibition.

The Museum had two goals for the book: first, for the original volume to be conserved and stabilized for display when the Museum opens; and second, for the creation of a display facsimile that could be opened to reveal the two-page spread containing “George Washington’s March.” 

Our Appeal

As a nonprofit, we rely on contributions to continue working with a broad range of organizations and individuals. A donation from you ensures that we can keep offering grant writing services to small institutions, providing subsidized workshops, and developing resources.

Course on the Mechanics of Paper with the Barnes Foundation

CCAHA Senior Conservation Assistant Anna Yates Krain will present a program this fall in partnership with the Barnes Foundation. The Mechanics of Paper: The Poetry of Progress will be held Tuesday nights from September 25 to October 16. Participants will learn how paper is made and how its technology spread. The course will cover paper terminology and best practices for preservation.

CCAHA's Regional Heritage Stewardship Program Updates

Building upon past success in education and network-building, CCAHA is leading a set of ambitious strategies to aid underserved regions of the country, adapting successful service models to assist collecting institutions along the Eastern Gulf Coast and in Appalachia.

There's still time to register for workshops in Pikeville, KY, and Morgantown, WV, on preservation planning, environmental management, and emergency planning and response. See below for more information. CCAHA's new website makes it even easier to access RHSP-related resources. Past webinars are listed with our Guides & Tip Sheets .

Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) Program Updates

CCAHA contracts with the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education for the delivery of statewide services supporting the organizations that safeguard New York's historical documents and library research materials.

Planning & Assessment Services applications are due today: Friday, July 13th. The latest episode of DHPSNY's podcast features DHPSNY Archives Specialist Amelia Parks' Archival Needs Assessment at Anthology Film Archives. Registration is open for the fall workshop series Mold: Prevention, Detection, Recovery

Upcoming Programming
Regional Heritage Stewardship Program

Works h op V: Preservation Planning and Environmental Management

A Preservation Plan is an essential institutional document that helps collections care professionals thoughtfully and carefully chart a course for the preservation of their artifacts for five to ten years. In this workshop, the speaker will provide guidance on how to create a Preservation Plan. Participants will have the opportunity to explore sample Plans as well as practice creating goals, objectives, and strategies to make an effective Plan.

In the afternoon, participants will learn about collections environments and how to manage conditions to be appropriate for the long-term preservation of artifacts. The speaker will discuss temperature, relative humidity, light, pests, mold, and housekeeping, and discuss how they can affect collections care.
Regional Heritage Stewardship Program

Workshop VI: Emergency Planning and Response

The creation of an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan is vital to the survival of an institution’s artifacts. In this workshop, participants will learn about tools for developing an Emergency Response and Preparedness Plan and the basics of collections salvage. There will be an opportunity to practice hands-on salvage procedures by rescuing a variety of materials from water.

In addition to learning the terminology of emergency planning, the basic components of an emergency preparedness and response plan, and salvage techniques, participants will also learn how to train their staff and fellow employees to ensure that, in the event of an emergency, the Plan is followed and the response is efficient and effective.
Collections Care Training

September 5
Philadelphia, PA

Architectural records are vital documentation of our built environment and provide insight into social and economic trends throughout history. The tasks of collecting, managing, preserving and providing access to these records can be a challenge to those charged with their care. Participants in this workshop will learn about the array of materials and methods used to create architectural renderings on paper, access and handling recommendations, preventive preservation measures, as well as have opportunities to engage in discussions with fellow participants who are managing similar collections.

September 12-13
Los Angeles, CA

October 24-25
New York, NY

Caring for modern and contemporary collections is a continually-evolving challenge. The 20th and 21st centuries have presented a vast array of new materials, leaving collections staff in uncharted territory as they address unprecedented preservation problems. This year, we’re organizing two national conferences on the topic of preserving modern and contemporary collections.
Upcoming LYRASIS Programs 
In 2016, CCAHA and LYRASIS partnered to increase their constituents’ access to vital services. CCAHA members receive a discount on LYRASIS programming. In addition, the organizations offer combined consulting for cultural heritage organizations. 
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.