RHSP Workshop Series


Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Regional Heritage Stewardship Program (RHSP) is an initiative of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) that brings vital preservation services to regions of the country with limited access to conservators and preservation expertise. Conducted in partnership with Utah field services providers, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services (UA&M) and Utah Humanities (UH), the 2019-2020 RHSP Intermountain West project will bring in-person workshops, webinars, and preservation needs assessments to collecting institutions in under-served parts of Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.

These series of workshops are delivered as two, full day sessions, taught back to back. Each series will be offered twice - once in the southwestern region of Utah and a second time in the Four Corners region of Utah and Colorado. Please note that days and locations may be subject to change. Registering is the best way to stay apprised of updates.

In-Person Series One:

Preservation Best Practices and Conducting a Preservation Needs Assessment

Fundraising for Collections Care and Artifact Handling and Housing

June 3 & 4, 2019 in St. George, Utah at the McQuarrie Memorial DUP Museum

June 6 & 7, 2019 in Green River, Utah at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum

Free Webinars

Introduction to Emergency Preparedness and Risk Assessments

September 25, 2019 noon - 1:30 pm (Mountain) 

In-Person Series Two:

Policies and Procedures and Collections Management Policies

Risk Assessment and Practice Assessment

October 14 & 15, 2019 in Cortez, Colorado at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center 

October 17 & 18, 2019 in St. George, Utah at the McQuarrie Memorial DUP Museum

Free Webinars

When to Call a Conservator

November 12, 2019 noon - 1:30 pm (Mountain) 

Collections Management Practices

December 11, 2019 noon - 1:30 pm (Mountain)

In-Person Series Three:

Preservation Planning, Environmental Management and Housekeeping

Disaster Preparedness, Pocket Response Plan, Salvage Exercise

May 4 & 5, 2020 in Moab, Utah at the Grand County Library - CANCELLED

May 7 & 8, 2020 in St. George, Utah at the McQuarrie Memorial DUP Museum - CANCELLED

Free Webinars

Housekeeping Basics for Collecting Institutions

February 26, 2020 noon - 1:30 pm (Mountain)

Introduction to Digitization

March 24, 2020 noon - 1:30 pm (Mountain) - CANCELED

April 22, 2020 noon - 1:30 pm (Mountain) - CANCELED

Cost & Registration

Workshops are $20 per day or $35 for the 2-day in-person series per person. If you are affiliated with a Utah museum, you may be eligible for a scholarship to offset your registration and travel costs. Please read our guidelines here. To apply for a scholarship, click here.


Workshops will be taught by conservators and preservation experts from the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, as well as regional specialists as required.


Jennifer Ortiz
Manager, Museum Services

Emily Johnson
Specialist, Museum Services