2018 PACA Holiday Party at National Mechanics Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 6 p.m.
About 35 PACA members and their guests gathered at National Mechanics to celebrate a great year in conservation with good conversation, lots of laughter, drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and homemade holiday goodies. Three new members joined, and several more renewed—thanks! Alisa Vignalo and Alisa Lenander won the professional and student-level AIC memberships in our annual prize drawing. Many more members drew successfully for Inherent Vice Squad pin cushions, a Winsor & Newton travel watercolor set, a mini microscope, a sun printing kit, and gift cards from Dick Blick and Talas!
Laurel Hill Cemetery Tour Sunday, October 21, 2018 – 1 p.m. PACA members gathered for a a private guided tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark on 78 scenic acres overlooking the Schuylkill River. Our guide, Mike Lewandowski, explained the cemetery's history and preservation challenges, and monuments conservator Seth Gartland gave us insight into conservation challenges for historic cemeteries. Tip of the day: choose granite! It is far less susceptible to acid rain.
Conservation of Outdoor Sculptures at Fairmount Water Works Thursday, September 13, 2018 – 6 p.m.
Nicole Matchette and Lucy Strackhouse of the Fairmount Park Conservancy discussed the conservation and installation of the Mercury, Nymph, and Bittern statues at the Water Works. Drinks and munchies were available for purchase from Parks on Tap, Philadelphia's traveling beer garden.
Members' Meeting and Tour of Penn Museum Conservation Labs Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – 6 p.m.
PACA members gathered for our 7th Annual General Meeting, a multidisciplinary tip session, and a tour of the Penn Museum Conservation Labs. In the General Meeting, we shared our accomplishments from the last year, elected new board members, and made plans for next year. We also enjoyed a hearty reception and traded conservation and preservation tips at the first-ever PACA Tip Session — thanks to those who participated! Penn Museum conservators and interns also gave us a guided tour of their lab and ongoing conservation projects.
Conservation of The Dream Garden Thursday, April 26, 2018 – 12:30 p.m.
Mary McGinn, PAFA paintings conservator, and Andrew Fearon, architectural conservator, gave PACA members an up-close look at The Dream Garden, a Tiffany glass mosaic designed by Maxwell Parrish. The mosaic is one of only two interior landmarks on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and is Tiffany’s most significant favrile glass mosaic work. This informal midday presentation focused on the mosaic's history, assessment, seismic monitoring, stabilization, testing, and conservation treatment.
Conservation Talks and Tour, MOAR Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 12:30 p.m.
A textiles conservator, paper conservator, and object conservator discussed their work on items from the Museum of the American Revolution’s permanent and special exhibitions. Virginia Whelan treated George Washington’s tent, Corine McHugh treated a watercolor depicting that tent, and Alisa Vignalo treated a Revolutionary War mug. Following their presentations, PACA members were treated to a curatorial tour of the special exhibition Among His Troops: Washington's War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor.