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Preparing for the Unexpected: Disaster Planning for Cultural Collections (Harrisburg, PA)

  • June 7, 2012

Collecting institutions have a responsibility to preserve their collections for future generations, yet an unanticipated emergency can put these collections at risk. Planning for the unexpected (from large-scale emergencies to damage from leaks, pest infestations, mold, theft, or fire) allows institutions of any size or budget to identify risks and mitigate damage to collections, preventing emergencies from becoming disasters.

This program is intended for museum, library, and archives staff responsible for collections care and facilities management.

Sessions Include:

  • Assessing Risks
  • Crisis Communication
  • Staff Training and Exercising the Plan
  • Disaster Scenario Exercise
  • Practical Decision-Making


  • Julie Page
    Co-Coordinator, California Preservation Program (CPP) and Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service
  • Michael Smith, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Communication, La Salle University

Location: The State Museum of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, PA)

Time: 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM (registration and refreshments 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM)

Fees: $60 per person (Pennsylvania institutions) / $90 per person (out-of-state institutions)

Registration Deadline: Extended to June 1, 2012

At 1:30 PM on June 6, a state-wide meeting of Pennsylvania Alliance for Response will be held in the Galaxy Room at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Heritage Preservation, Alliance for Response is a national program that connects cultural heritage and emergency response communities before disasters happen. This meeting is free and open to anyone wishing to attend, but pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register, please click here.

This conference is presented as part of Save Pennsylvania’s Past, a statewide effort to preserve the millions of objects and historic artifacts that shape the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s history and define our nation. As part of this two-year project, CCAHA will present six training programs in eight regions and two state-wide conferences to prepare staff to address the challenges threatening Pennsylvania's world-class collections.

CCAHA's Save Pennsylvania's Past partners are the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations (PFMHO), and LYRASIS. The project is supported by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.