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CCAHA's 40th: A Helping Hand with Historical Preservation

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2017 marks 40 years of CCAHA. Every Friday, we'll share the articles, photos, and recollections that tell the story of how CCAHA became a world-renowned leader in conservation science.

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This 1994 highlights the first cycle of the Philadelphia Stewardship Program. Initially a four-year initiative funded by the William Penn Foundation, the Program was created to improve collections management and preservation in institutions in Philadelphia and its surrounding regions. In the Program’s first four years, CCAHA Preservation Services staff visited and advised 76 organizations on their collections management.

The article highlights two institutions in Montgomery County: the Conshohocken Historical Society and Germantown Academy. The President of the Conshohocken Historical Society had this to say about CCAHA:

“The Conservation Center really gave us a format to work on and a direction to go in. Being in the program has also been valuable in helping to raise funds for other projects to fulfill the recommendations. Funders are more willing… when recommendations have come through the Conservation Center. It gives you some real legitimacy. It’s the foundation we needed for moving ahead.”

This endorsement articulates the aims of the Stewardship Program: to provide institutions with solutions and a roadmap for future preservation initiatives. Since 1990, CCAHA hosted several more waves of the Philadelphia Stewardship Program, the most recent of which concluded in 2016.

CCAHA’s new Regional Heritage Stewardship Program builds on the Philadelphia Program’s successes. Based on a Heritage Health Index survey which identified underserved regions, the NEH-funded Regional Heritage Stewardship Program will assist institutions in two regions: Appalachian KY, OH, and WV; and AL, MS, and the FL Panhandle. The Program includes webinars, in-person workshops, subsidized Needs Assessments, and fundraising advice. Learn more here.

See ongoing coverage of our 40th anniversary here.