Formation of the Philadelphia Area Conservation Association (PACA) and Inaugural Event

At the beginning of the year, a small group of conservators and preservation specialists gathered to gauge interest in the formation of a Philadelphia area conservation network. In March, we tested the waters by sending out a survey, distributed both on the consdistlist and via email to professionals in the Philadelphia area. After receiving positive results, the Philadelphia Area Conservation Association, also known as PACA (just like the adorable animal from Central and South America!) was born. Like other regional networks, PACA hopes to offer both informal events where professionals can gather to hear talks and exchange information, as well as social gatherings. In the future, other endeavors, such as outreach events may be considered.

On Tuesday, May 24th, we are pleased to be hosting our inaugural event. Samuel Anderson of Samuel Anderson Architects, NYC will be speaking to PACA about designing conservation lab spaces. The title of his talk is, “Rules and Wisdom of Conservation Lab Design with Insights into Museum Expansion Projects.” Since 1993, Samuel Anderson Architects has designed numerous research, academic, and cultural spaces. Some of their clients include: The Morgan Library & Museum, Harvard University Library, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Please find details for the event below. We hope to see you on the 24th and look forward to future posts on the ECPN blog as our group evolves!

Please join us for our inaugural event featuring
Samuel Anderson of Samuel Anderson Architects, NYC
“Rules and Wisdom of Conservation Lab Design with Insights into Museum Expansion Projects”

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
5:30pm + reception

Penn Museum, Rainey Auditorium (please enter through the Kress entrance)
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

If you are able to attend, please RSVP by Friday, May 20th with a simple ‘YES SAM’ in the subject line to

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