For the second year in a row, the Historical Society of Haddonfield has been selected to participate in a competitive, grant-funded collection stewardship program of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) valued at $5,775.
CCAHA’s Philadelphia Stewardship Program is funded with the generous support of the William Penn Foundation, and is designed to help non-profit collecting institutions achieve their preservation and conservation goals. The program is open to institutions within Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania and Camden County, NJ.
“This award will help us continue the momentum we achieved with last year’s work with CCAHA,” said Carol W. Smith, President of the Historical Society of Haddonfield. “We look forward to gaining new insights from CCAHA experts on how best to prioritize the longer term preservation needs of our museum and archival collections.”
The Historical Society will be participating in Track II, the Preservation Planning track. During the 12-month program, the Historical Society will work with CCAHA staff to create a long-range preservation plan to guide museum and archival collection priorities for the next three to five years. Staff and volunteers will also attend programs in CCAHA’s Collections Care Training series and receive other technical support from CCAHA staff.
This past year, the Historical Society participated in Track I, in which CCAHA conducted a Preservation Needs Assessment for the collections. The Society also received a $2,147 matching grant to help make improvements recommended in the assessment.
CCAHA is a nonprofit conservation facility specializing in the treatment of works on paper, photographs, and books through conservation and state-of-the-art digital imaging services. Founded in Philadelphia in 1977, CCAHA serves both nonprofit cultural institutions and private individuals and organizations. CCAHA’s preservation services staff present educational programs, conduct preservation assessments, and develop emergency preparedness plans. CCAHA’s development department provides fundraising and grant-writing support to institutions seeking assistance for preservation and conservation projects.