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CCAHA's 40th: Soul of the New Center

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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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"For four years, Mrs. Weidner has dreamed of establishing a local Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts.

"The dream is no more."


This article—from January 21, 1979—describes the beginnings of CCAHA. The article details how CCAHA was founded to serve small- to medium-sized collecting institutions. To qualify for treatment, institutions had to become members by paying a yearly membership fee of $25.

The article also discusses CCAHA's first laboratory space after moving out of Weidner's personal studio. The lab was situated at the corners of Spruce and Broad Streets in a space owned by the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts). At that time, CCAHA had five full-time and one part-time employees. The article mentions their recent work: treating the last life portrait of George Washington, along with a letter he wrote.

See ongoing coverage of our 40th anniversary here.