Volunteer Here! Returning to Collections Care: And When You Can Handle the Artifacts


Event details



Cost: Free

This program of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is funded with generous grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the William Penn Foundation, and Independence Foundation. 

This free session is an introduction to best practices in handling art, artifacts, and archival material. The volunteer will learn to safely work in collections areas, support and protect artifacts from damage during transport, and recognize when to ask for a helping hand.

About the Speaker:

Stephenie Schwartz Bailey is responsible for connecting CCAHA's virtual and in-person audiences to engaging educational programs, tours, and written resources, bringing preservation awareness to cultural heritage professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region, nationwide, and internationally. She develops and plans preventive conservation training and teaches workshops on the care and handling of paper artifacts. Stephenie first joined the staff of CCAHA as a housing and framing conservation technician in 2009. Previously, she worked as an archival assistant at the Revs Institute for Automotive Research and Historical Study of Stanford University and at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; as an assistant to the curator at the National Gallery of Art; and as a conservation intern at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Rockford Art Museum. She served as an adjunct professor of Renaissance to Modern Art History at Florida SouthWestern State College. Stephenie received a MA in Art History from The George Washington University and a BA in Art History from Beloit College. She serves on the Board of the Nether Providence Historical Society and in 2021 will complete a certificate in Historic Preservation from Bucks County Community College.

This program is the fourth and final session in CCAHA's four-part series Volunteer Here! Returning to Collections Care. This series is designed for volunteers that work directly with collections or in collections-focused roles, as well as organizations that run collections-centered volunteer programs. Whether you are a small museum or library/archives looking to relaunch your volunteer program after a COVID-related closure, or a volunteer curious about what to expect upon returning, the sessions will offer tips and resources for working together with collections in a COVID world. These brief modules are also meant to provide a space for collections administrators and volunteers to connect and share advice and experiences of volunteering during COVID. The first half of the series will revisit the basics of working in a collections volunteer program within the backdrop of “the new normal,” while the second half will offer practical training in collections-related topics that organizations can use for training volunteers in collections-related work.

To register for this event and/or other sessions in the series, click here.