Spring 2010 Meeting

On Thursday afternoon, May 13th, CARA met at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum (AHHM) for its Spring meeting. In attendance were 10 CARA members and 9 guests. Despite the weather forecast for flash flooding, the afternoon went quite well and stayed dry.

A short business meeting was held to discuss the status of CARA and the hopes of expanding outside of the Chicago area. We are on our way because we had attendee's travelling from Milwaukee, WI, Notre Dame, IN and El Paso, IL for this meeting! Also discussed were the financial report, membership renewal, website improvements and blog news. Full meeting minutes will be posted on the website ASAP.

The fun part of our meeting was a presentation with demos by Mickey Horndasch, Curator of the AHHM, on tips and techniques for mounting exhibits, making labels, creating posters, making barriers to primary documents and display risers, etc. She had numerous creative ideas for keeping the costs down and protecting your collection in the process.

Following the presentation, the group toured the Heritage Gallery and got to view Mickey's current exhibit Gone But Not Forgotten: Lost Arlington Heights. We could enjoy the content as well as understand how it was planned and mounted by Mickey.

Throughout the meeting, we all enjoyed the bake goods, fruit and drinks that people brought to share. Thanks to everyone who contributed!!

Special thanks to Mickey Horndasch who taught us some great tips and techniques. I know I learned alot! Hope everyone else did as well!

Reminder - CARA is tentatively planning to visit James Twomey in Kenosha, WI for the Fall 2010 meeting. He is a book and paper conservator. Check out his website to learn more about the Book Restoration Co.