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Tuesday December 31 2013

In the latest issue of Art-i-facts: social media for collecting institutions

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    •'s Thaddeus Stevens look-alike contest
    • Top 10 reps at Governor's Residence
    • Chester County Historical Society 6

This winter, Art-i-facts explores social media and its place in collecting institutions' marketing and fundraising strategies, as well as CCAHA's first experiment in crowdfunding for conservation. Read the entire issue here.

Wednesday November 20 2013

Photos and stereoview cards from West of the One Hundredth Meridian

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    • Rachel Wetzel surface cleaning an O'Sullivan photograph from the US Army Corps of Engineers
    • Marianne de Bovis inpainting an O'Sullivan photograph from the US Army Corps of Engineers
    • Jilliann Wilcox reinforcing a corner of an O'Sullivan photo from the US Army Corps of Engineers
    • US Army Corps of Engineers O'Sullivan photograph
    • US Army Corps of Engineers O'Sullivan stereoview card

Timothy O'Sullivan's images of scenic views and ancient ruins were among the first taken of the Southwest. Some of his photographs and stereographs from the 1871-1874 "United States Geographical Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian" recently arrived at CCAHA.

Monday November 4 2013

Chester County Historical Society named People’s Choice Award winner in Pennsylvania's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts campaign

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The online campaign to save Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts has officially ended. The initiative attracted 5,283,128 online votes, amassing 623 social media shares and raising just over $16,000 toward the conservation of historic artifacts across the state.

Tuesday October 22 2013

Treating much-used volumes of Alexander Wilson's American Ornithology

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    • Surface cleaning American Ornithology 2
    • Plates from American Ornithology
    • Surface cleaning American Ornithology
    • Applying mend to American Ornithology

The State Library of Pennsylvania recently brought their nine American Ornithology volumes to CCAHA for treatment. Those who had handled the much-used books in the past couple centuries left behind stains and grime.

Monday October 7 2013

Restoring Ideals "Conservation Cam" at Temple Contemporary now live

    • Morris Animal Refuge charter for Restoring Ideals

Over the next couple months, CCAHA conservators Renée Wolcott and Corine Norman McHugh will be working on-site at Temple Contemporary treating objects that are part of the gallery's Restoring Ideals project—and you can watch the conservation process live online here.

Thursday September 19 2013

Online campaign to Save Pennsylvania's Past launches today

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    • Academy of Natural Sciences 5
    • American Philatelic Society 1
    • Carnegie Museum of Art 1
    • Chester County Historical Society 10
    • for web story
    • Mennonite Heritage Center 8
    • Old Economy Village 2
    • PAFA 9
    • PA Anthracite Heritage Museum for web story
    • Schwenkfelder for web story

A campaign to save Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts launches today. Through November 1, the public is encouraged to support the preservation of 10 fascinating historic objects from every region of the state through voting, sharing and donating at

Thursday September 12 2013

CCAHA one of 16 recipients of IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums

    • Disaster recovery exercise at a Save Pennsylvania's Past workshop

Through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, CCAHA will receive $189,000 to lead the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network, a two-year project to coordinate statewide efforts to address disaster preparedness needs at museums and historic sites.

Wednesday September 11 2013

Download CCAHA and Penn Libraries' free, printable preservation poster

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In partnership with Penn Libraries, CCAHA has developed a free, printable poster picturing key preservation terms and guidelines in a format that's easy to understand. Download the PDF in color or in black and white.

Tuesday August 27 2013

Reducing stains on a crayon portrait of Eli K. Price, founder of The Woodlands

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    • Crayon portrait of Eli K. Price, before treatment (The Woodlands 13.213)
    • Reducing stains on crayon portrait (The Woodlands 13.213)
    • Inpainting crayon portrait (The Woodlands 13.213)
    • Crayon portrait, during treatment (The Woodlands 13.213)
    • The Woodlands cemetery, mansion, and historic landscape

The Woodlands cemetery in West Philadelphia looks the same as it did in the 1840s, when Eli K. Price planned it as a beautiful, park-like space. CCAHA is currently treating a severely stained c. 1865 crayon portrait of Price.

Tuesday August 20 2013

Teaching conservation strategies for water-damaged photographs at the Croatian State Archives

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    • Barb in Croatia 5

In July, CCAHA Senior Photograph Conservator Barbara Lemmen traveled to Zagreb, Croatia to help teach a two-week Getty Conservation Institute course, Conservation Strategies for Humidity and Water-Damaged Photographic Materials.

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