Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:30 AM EDT
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 3:30 PM EST

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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Bryn Mawr College Special Collections
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

6401 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103





Preservation Services Assistant 

Collections Care Training 2017

The Collections Care Training programs are for librarians, archivists, curators, collections managers, stewards of historic house museums, records managers, and other staff who have responsibility for cultural collections. 

Protective Enclosures and Storage for Rolled Paper

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017

To ensure long-term collections preservation, it is crucial to use proper storage systems and materials, and provide a stable environment with adequate space, furniture, and security. In this hands-on workshop, participants learn how to make simple housings for the storage of blueprints, drawings, artwork, or rolled documents. A selection of storage materials is reviewed.

Speaker: Anna Krain, Senior Conservation Assistant, CCAHA

Location: Cliveden

Fee: $60 + $10 materials fee

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm


Care and Preservation of Paintings

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Historic collections frequently contain paintings and other framed artwork. This workshop gives an overview on how to care for this type of collection, which requires unique storage and handling considerations. The session guides participants in preservation best practices, provides recommendations for moving and un-framing artwork, identifies conservation concerns, and instructs when to contact a professional conservator.

Speaker: Steven Erisoty, Paintings Conservator, The Art Conservators Alliance

Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Fee: $60

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm


Care of Paper: Techniques and Materials for Handling and Transport

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

This workshop addresses the safe handling of paper artifacts, including books and oversized objects, and basic design and labeling of protective enclosures for transport. Discussion includes how to prepare work areas, best practices for moving various types of artifacts, selecting preservation quality supplies and tools, and identifying potential conservation concerns. Participants gain hands-on experience and have an opportunity to sample materials.

Speaker: Stephenie Schwartz Bailey, Education Program Manager and Preservation Consultant, CCAHA

Location: The Franklin Institute

Fee: $60 + $10 materials fee

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

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  • Registration deadline is two weeks before each program date.
  • Payment will only be accepted via check or credit card. No cash payments will be recieved at the door. 
  • Lunch will not be provided. However, a list of nearby restaurants will be available.
  • Questions? Call Preservation Services at 215.545.0613 or email us at pso@ccaha.org.


Major funding for these programs is generously provided by the William Penn Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, with additional support from Independence Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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.