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CCAHA's 40th: Benjamin Franklin Tercentennial

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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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This 2006 article in The Evening Bulletin discusses the Benjamin Franklin Tercentennial exhibit at the National Constitution Center. It features interviews with longtime CCAHA Board Member Page Talbott, who organized the exhibition, and CCAHA Conservation Assistant Anna Yates Krain, who, along with her coworkers, treated many of the objects on display.

The article takes readers on a virtual tour of the exhibit, which featured the largest collection of Franklin artifacts ever amassed—more than 300 objects, including the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Amity, the Treaty of Paris, and the Constitution, all of which Franklin signed. Along with treating the paper objects, CCAHA served as project manager for all of the conservation work, supervising subcontractors who worked on furniture, paintings, and textiles.

As we read the article today, it also showcases CCAHA’s dedicated Board and staff. Talbott has been on the Board since 2000, and is currently serving as Board Chair. Krain is celebrating her 30th anniversary at CCAHA. Their interviews convey their reverence for the history of the objects. Krain’s enthusiasm is palpable: “My ‘WOW’ moment came for me when I was holding the Stamp Act and mounting it,” she says, “I had just been reading about the Stamp Act.”

See ongoing coverage of our 40th anniversary here.