Thursday, May 23, 2013

Workshop - Environmental Management: Stewardship & Sustainability

Learn new approaches to controlling environmental conditions. Low-cost and no-cost solutions will be addressed, as well as options for buildings with little or no environmental controls. Smaller, mid-sized, and large institutions alike will all benefit from this educational program in Harrisburg, PA.
Environmental Management: Stewardship & Sustainability
Registration Deadline extended - June 11th, 2013!
Prior participants at this program have said ...

"One of the most practical, relevant trainings I have ever attended."
"This was the perfect overview with the right (non‐threatening) professionals. You seem to have a great sensitivity of your clients and the presenters. A nice mix of scientific info, practice, and hands‐on approach."
"This was insightful - I hadn't realized all that needs to be considered whenthinking about environmental management - good overview."

Location: The State Museum of Pennsylvania
              300 North Street
              Harrisburg, PA 17120

When: Tuesday, June 18th
            8:15am – 8:45am Refreshments
            8:45am – 4:30pm Program
Registration, secure credit card payment, and additional program information are available on our website at: 

Registration Fee:

$60 per person in Pennsylvania institutions
$90 per person in out-of-state institutions


Creating stable environmental conditions is the most significant step an institution can take for the long-term preservation of the collections materials under its stewardship.  While most preservation actions affect single items or groups of items, environmental conditions affect entire collections.
Though providing stable environmental conditions is a goal for most archives, museums, and libraries, in actuality it can be very difficult to achieve ideal specifications.  In addition to econo mic limitations faced by many institutions, collections are often housed in historic structures, in buildings with aging systems, or in structures whose designs make environmental management difficult.

This one day program will explore new approaches to controlling environmental conditions in cultural institutions.  Leading experts in the field will present physically and financially feasible environmental control strategies to help institutions preserve collections materials for the long-term.
Topics covered will include:
  •  The Collections Environment
 •  Understanding the Building/Climate Relat ionship
 •  New Approaches and Best Practices for Environmental Control
 •  Environmental Monitoring and Data Analysis

 •  Practical Approaches for Environmental Management in Historic Structures
This program is intended for staff of cultural heritage organizations responsible for monitoring and managing environmental conditions for collections, including registrars, facilities managers, archivists, librarians, curators, collections managers, and stewards of historic house museums.  Even staff members or volunteers without direct influence over environmental conditions at an organiza tion can benefit from the information presented.

Michael C. Henry
PE, AIA, Principal Engineer/Architect,Watson & Henry Associates
Richard L. Kerschner, Director of Preservation and Conservation, Shelburne Museum
James M. Reilly, Director, Image Permanence Institute

Ample time for Q & A with speakers will be i ncluded!
QUESTIONS? Call 215-545-0613 or email

Environmental Management: Stewardship & Sustainability is 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. Save Pennsylvania’s Past is an initiative led by CCAHA in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, PA Museums, and LYRASIS. The project is supported by an Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and by the Arthur Ross Foundation, Inc.