Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 8:30 AM EST
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:30 PM EST

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Mütter Museum/ Philadelphia Museum of Art 
Philadelphia, PA  



Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts 


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CCAHA will present Into the Vault: Library & Archive Storage Strategies in Austin, September 25 and 26, 2017.

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Museums caring for cultural collections frequently seek innovative yet practical ways to maximize use of storage areas, enhance current facilities, and incorporate technology into storage solutions. 

Participants in this two-day conference will hear experts in design, space planning, environmental control, and conservation speak about methods and applications to improve museum collection storage spaces.  Sessions will include case studies that demonstrate how museums of various sizes have implemented storage initiatives.

This conference is intended for staff involved in collections care, planning, and management in museums, including directors and administrators, collections managers, curators, and facilities managers. Sessions include:

  • Essentials of managing museum collections storage
  • Allocating resources and funding
  • Space planning
  • Environmental considerations
  • Factors for selecting off-site storage
  • Retrofitting less than ideal spaces
  • Reimagining storage through open access
  • Moving collections
  • Using technology to identify storage needs

November 8 – 9, 2017 


Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Day One) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Day Two)


November 8 (Day One)

Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8:30am – 9:00am     Registration & Refreshments

9:00am – 5:00pm     Program

5:30pm – 7:30pm     CCAHA Open House 

Join us behind-the-scenes at CCAHA. CCAHA's conservation staff will display a variety of artifacts treated in the lab, from rare books to fine art. Light refreshments will be served.

Click here to RSVP for the CCAHA Open House.

November 9 (Day Two)

Philadelphia Museum of Art 

2525 Pennsylvania Avenue
Perelman Building
Philadelphia, PA 19130

9:00am – 9:15am     Registration & Refreshments

9:15am – 4:30pm     Program


Rachael Perkins Arenstein, Founding Partner, A.M. Art Conservation, LLC

Laurence Bauer, Principal, Schwartz/Silver

Kurt Christian, Collections Manager, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jason Crabill, Manager of Curatorial Services, Ohio History Connection

Walt Crimm, Principal, Walt Crimm Associates

Anna Dhody, Curator, Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Lowell Flanders, Collections Manager, Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Gail Harrity, President and Chief Operating Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Derek Jones, Executive Director, Atelier Art Services, Inc.

Emily Kaplan, Conservator, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Simon Lambert, Preservation Development Advisor / Preservation Services, Conservation Institute, Department of Canadian Heritage

Stephanie Mach, Collections Assistant, Penn Museum

Renée McDade, Assistant Registrar for the Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Todd Topper, Collections Library Project Manager, Ohio History Connection



$250 CCAHA members

$300 Non-members

$200 Students (student ID required at registration)

Registration Deadline: Two weeks before program. If you have special needs, please contact CCAHA at least three weeks before the program so accommodations can be made.


  • Lunch will not be provided. However, a list of local restaurants will be available.
  • Refunds will be given until two weeks prior to the program date, minus a $25 cancellation fee.

Questions about the program or travel to Philadelphia?  Call 215.545.0613 or email pso@ccaha.org.


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 nonprofit cultural institutions, private individuals, and other collecting organizations. 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.


America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting. The museum helps the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body and to appreciate the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, founded in 1787, is the oldest professional society in the country.  Throughout its 224-year history, the College has provided a place for medical professionals, community leaders, and the general public to learn about medicine as a science and as an art. 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art brings the arts to life, inspiring visitors through scholarly study and creative play. Housed in a landmark building, the Museum features substantial collections of American, Asian, and European art, and the largest collections of Rodin sculptures and works by Marcel Duchamp in the United States. The Museum is dedicated to connecting people with the arts in rich and varied ways, inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the William Penn Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Independence Foundation.