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March 2011

Wednesday March 30 2011

A treasured copy of Reading the Emancipation Proclamation, preserved

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    • Close-up of Reading the Emancipation Proclamation
    • Reading the Emancipation Proclamation before treatment
    • Reading the Emancipation Proclamation after treatment
    • NEA Fellow Marion Verborg inpainting losses on Reading the Emancipation Proclamation with pastels

The 1864 engraving Reading the Emancipation Proclamation was one of few images commemorating the freedom order to focus on the reactions of freed slaves.  CCAHA Fellow Marion Verborg just completed treatment on one family’s cherished copy.

Tuesday March 15 2011

Preserving the vestry minute books of the first African American Episcopal Church

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    • African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas vestry minute book page 2 (for news)
    • African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas vestry minute book use copy 1 (for news)
    • African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas vestry minute book use copy 2
    • African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas vestry minute book use copy page

The vestry minute books of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas record not only church business, but the church's participation in historic events.  Use copies of the books allow researchers access to their information without harm to the originals.

Tuesday March 1 2011

Preparing botanical texts for display at Pennsylvania Hospital's upcoming "Flower to Pharmacy" exhibition

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    • Removing spine adhesive from William P.C. Barton's A Flora of North America (Pennsylvania Hospital)
    • Trimming mends in John Gerarde's The Harball or Generall Historie of Planes (Pennsylvania Hospital)
    • Close-up of trimming mends in John Gerarde's The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes (Pennsylvania Hospital)
    • Facsimiles of pages from New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus (Pennsylvania Hospital)
    • Facsimiles from Jardin de la Malmaison and Natural History of Carolina... (Pennsylvania Hospital)
    • Facsimiles mounted to mat board await trimming (Pennsylvania Hospital)

CCAHA staff are treating and digitizing nine unique botanical volumes from Pennsylvania Hospital.  The books will be featured in the exhibition "Flower to Pharmacy", which begins March 7 at the Hospital's Historic Library in Philadelphia, PA.