Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program

With funding from IMLS, FAIC is beginning the process to hire two CAP staff members and create the CAP Steering Committee. New forms and procedures will be developed in the coming months in consultation with IMLS, and assessments will begin in 2017. Program updates will be provided regularly. 

Annual Meeting

The 45th Annual Meeting will take place May 28 - June 1, 2017 in Chicago, IL at the:

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois  60601

We are pleased to announce that the theme will be:

"Treatment 2017: Innovation in Conservation and Collection Care"

Whether item- or collection-level, preventive or interventive, treatment remains at the heart of what conservators do in order to preserve cultural heritage collections. The design and implementation of an ethical and sound conservation treatment, even the ultimate decision of no treatment at all, begin before its commencement and the consequences continue well beyond its completion.

Papers are solicited that explore various facets of conservation treatments intended to prolong the lifetime of cultural property.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, a reconsideration of historic procedures no longer in practice, cutting edge technologies employed in treatments, effective collection care steps that reduce the necessity or extent of interventive treatments, the incorporation of sustainability into conservation treatments, or innovations in treatment design, execution, and documentation.

The online abstract submission portal will open June 15, 2016.  Abstracts will be due on September 12, 2016. The full call for papers will be released in June.

What People Are Saying

Here are just some of the comments we've heard from past Annual Meeting attendees:

"Excellent presentations!"

"The relevance and the wide range of the lecture program (I often wished to be able to clone myself to attend different lectures simultaneously...) Many Thanks to all the organizers !!"

"Excellent papers overall. One of the best meetings that I've ever attended."

"I was very happy to attend and happy that [AIC] does the meetings. Great experience."

"It was an outstanding meeting. I was only able to attend two days, but all arrangements were splendid and the talks of a high caliber.

"The AIC staff was friendly and helpful from the moment I met some new faces at the registration counter and throughout the conference. The conference seemed to run very smoothly…"

"The informal and approachable way the conference adopts makes the experience relaxed but very informative."

"Great, as usual."

See what everyone is talking about. Register Today.

Annual Meeting in Pictures

What do our Annual Meetings look like? Find out by looking at pictures from past Annual Meetings on our Flickr photostream.

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Chicago in Video

Never been to Chicago? Watch this video to see what it has to offer.

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50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Chicago

by Lara Parker

  1. Spray paint was invented in Chicago in 1949.
  2. Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backward.
  3. Chicago is home to Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the world’s last free zoos.
  4. The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris.
  5. The first blood bank in the United States was created in Chicago in 1937.
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