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    • Bryn Mawr College Chinese scroll painting
    • CCAHA Mellon Fellow Gwenanne Edwards removing flyspecks from a Chinese scroll painting (Bryn Mawr College)

    • ID of Prints workshop 2013
    • Learning to identify prints at a CCAHA training program

    • Testing solubility on a Lutheran Archives Center journal
    • Testing solubility on a journal page (Lutheran Archives Center)

    • Consolidating the surface of a globe belonging to Albert Einstein (Institute for Advanced Study)
    • Consolidating the surface of a globe belonging to Albert Einstein (Institute for Advanced Study)

    • Applying a mend to American Ornithology 2
    • Applying a mend to the edge of a page of Alexander Wilson's American Ornithology (State Library of Pennsylvania) 

    • Reducing fixative on a painting from Lawrence's Hiroshima series (PAFA 12.121)
    • Paper Conservator Samantha Sheesley using solvent to reduce fixative on a painting from Jacob Lawrence's Hiroshima series (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts)

    • Surface cleaning an O'Sullivan photograph from the US Army Corps of Engineers
    • Surface cleaning a Timothy O'Sullivan photograph (US Army Corps of Engineers)

    • Disaster recovery exercise at a Save Pennsylvania's Past workshop
    • A disaster recovery exercise at a CCAHA training program 

    • Filling a loss in the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776
    • Filling a loss in the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 (Pennsylvania State Archives)

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  • CCAHA Welcomes New Executive Director Laura Hortz Stanton

      • Laura Hortz Stanton

    After an extensive national search, the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) today welcomes its new Executive Director, Laura Hortz Stanton.

  • Stabilizing mug shots from Eastern State Penitentiary

      • Mug Shot Book from Eastern State Penitentiary (13.340)
      • Close-up of Mug Shot Book from Eastern State Penitentiary (13.340)
      • Pop-up exhibit at Eastern State
      • Eastern State Penitentiary exterior

    The second artifact on Eastern State Penitentiary's endangered artifacts list—a book containing about one thousand inmate mug shots from 1904 to 1906—recently came to CCAHA for treatment.

  • A summer at CCAHA: Jacinta Johnson talks about her eight-week work project

      • Jacinta Johnson Summer 2014

    Jacinta Johnson, a graduate student in paper conservation, is spending her summer at CCAHA for an eight-week summer work project. As she finished her fifth week, she answered some questions about what she’s been doing so far.

  • Consolidating the colorful media of illuminated manuscripts

      • Marianne de Bovis consolidating media on a Persian miniature from Bucknell University
      • Illuminated Manuscripts from Bucknell University (14.135)
      • Adhering a mend to a Persian miniature from Bucknell University

    Most popular in the 1400s, handwritten illuminated manuscripts continued to be commissioned by the wealthy even after mass-produced printed alternatives appeared. Six prime examples from Bucknell University recently received treatment at CCAHA.

  • In the latest issue of Art-i-facts: the variable nature of photography

      • Inpainting 1864 panoramic photograph from Pennsylvania State Archives
      • Manager of Digital Imaging Andy Pinkham at the viewing hood

    Nowhere is photography's changeable nature more apparent than at CCAHA, where our conservators regularly encounter diverse photographic processes. This spring, Art-i-facts examines the art form.

Meant to Last? Preserving the Modern and Contemporary (Philadelphia, PA)

  • October 27 – 28, 2014

This two-day conference will explore the guiding principles to collecting and caring for artifacts of key historic importance from the recent past.  Participants will attend general sessions in the morning and then have the option to select from concurrent sessions,

Focusing on Photographs: Identification & Preservation (Providence, RI)

  • November 6 – 7, 2014

This two-day program will focus on the fundamentals of identifying and caring for photographic collections. Participants will gain a holistic view of identifying photographic materials, caring for these collections, developing appropriate handling and display procedures, and establishing safe storage environments.

Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Institutions (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • November 17, 2014

This workshop will cover all collections pests (mold, arthropods, and vertebrates), methods of detecting and monitoring pests, how to make your building and storage areas pest-resistant, and which treatments are safe to use with cultural collections.

Disaster Response and Recovery: A Hands-on Intensive (Erie, PA)

  • November 17, 2014

This day-long, hands-on program will increase practical knowledge through hands-on salvage of a simulated disaster.

Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Institutions (Erie, PA)

  • November 18, 2014

This workshop will cover all collections pests (mold, arthropods, and vertebrates), methods of detecting and monitoring pests, how to make your building and storage areas pest-resistant, and which treatments are safe to use with cultural collections.