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CCAHA's 40th: Conservation Center Seeks Local Support

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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. 

Click here to read the press releases.

As a nonprofit, CCAHA has long relied on grant funding. CCAHA’s first three press releases tell this story.

On January 5, 1979, a press release with the heading “Conservation Center Seeks Local Support” was circulated. The release explained CCAHA’s funding needs in its early days, especially as it moved to its location at what is now the University of the Arts:

“In February, 1979, the Center will move to a new facility at the Philadelphia College of Art where there will be more space, sophisticated equipment and testing services to accommodate the increasing amount of restoration work from its member institutions. However, to fully renovate and equip this new laboratory the Center requires additional funding from grants and contributions.”

CCAHA wasn’t just seeking funding for a move, however. The grant goes on to state that “during the first three years of the Center’s operation, grants will also be sought from major national funding agencies to allow the Center to expand its treatment, research and educational services.”

This fundraising was largely successful, as the following two press releases testify.

The second release, dating from July 16, 1979, announced a $100,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation. The grant, the release states, would help CCAHA “meet daily operational costs during the formative years as it expands its treatment and educational services.”

A last, undated release (marked “3rd release” and likely from 1980), had the heading “Conservation Center Awarded $157,160 from William Penn Foundation.” This grant was “in support of the expansion and future development of the Center,” providing funds for renovations and “the purchase of equipment and supplies necessary for a modern conservation laboratory.” 

See ongoing coverage of our 40th anniversary here.