The Regional Alliance for Preservation provides information and resources on preservation and conservation for cultural institutions and the public throughout the United States.


April 2015

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Disaster Response and Recovery: A Hands-on Intensive (Boalsburg, PA)

Presented by: CCAHA

Thoughtful preparation for an emergency or disaster is one of the most important steps that a cultural institution can take to safeguard collections.  This day-long, hands-on program will increase practical knowledge through hands-on salvage of a simulated disaster.  Participants will use the Incident Command System while learning to salvage a variety of materials, including paintings, wooden furniture, glass/metal/ceramic objects, textiles, paper, photographs, and books.  Personal safety, initial site assessment, object triage and tracking, and post-disaster debriefing will also be addressed during the workshop.  Strengthen connections between cultural institutions and regional PA Alliance for Response groups by working and learning together.

Knowledge of basic salvage techniques and/or prior attendance at a CCAHA PaCRN “Protecting Collections: Disaster Prevention, Planning, & Response” workshop is encouraged.

Registration is limited to 20 people.

Location: Pennsylvania Military History Museum

Speakers: Jess Keister, Paper and Photograph Conservator, CCAHA; Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, CCAHA ; Michelle Kinney, Preservation Specialist, CCAHA

Date: April 28, 2015

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $75.00

For more information and to register, click here.

Funded through an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant, the goal of PaCRN is to create a strong network and provide resources for effective emergency response and recovery for cultural institutions in Pennsylvania.  Training, relationship-building, and Commonwealth-wide policy development will be the primary focus of this two-year initiative.