Annual Meeting


SERCA’s annual meeting typically lasts 2-3 days and consists of presentation, workshop and community outreach activities. The meeting is typically scheduled during early Spring and alternates location between Atlanta, Georgia and other regional cities.

Members benefit from the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge at a cost often less than those held at the annual AIC meeting or at other regional sites. A short business meeting is held during the workshop for members to elect new officers and vote on organization activities.

SERCA 2018 Annual Meeting
March 9-11, 2018
Charleston, SC
**Registration Deadline: February 15**
The theme of our conference will focus on use of
Gels and Poultices
across conservation disciplines.

Hope you can join us!

Registration Form

A hotel room block for the meeting has been arranged at:

Crown Plaza Charleston Airport-Convention Center
4831 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, South Carolina, 29418

20-Room Block for SERCA:
Thurs, March 8th—Sunday, March 11th
1 king bed or 2 queen beds

$129.00/night including breakfast
Direct link for hotel reservation:
Hunley Project

The Crown Plaza is 6 miles or a 13-minute drive to the Hunley Conservation Lab. The SERCA discount for hotel rooms will be available until Feb 22, 2018—two weeks prior to our meeting.

Leonora Weaver Scholarship:

Leonora Weaver (1957-2014) was an Atlanta-based conservator in private practice; a long-term member of SERCA; and a mentor to many students and emerging conservators across the southeast and beyond. In honor of Leonora’s commitment to education, SERCA is dedicated to the maintenance of the Leonora Weaver Scholarship, which will cover registration fees and provide a small stipend for travel to SERCA’s annual educational programs. To apply for a Leonora Weaver Scholarship, please send a resume and brief (one page) statement of how the topic of this year’s program would benefit your long-term educational and career goals. Please send this via e-mail to SERCA Education Chair, Julie Newton Application deadline for 2018 award cycle is January 31st 2018.

To help maintain the Leonora Weaver Scholarship fund, please donate using the PayPal button on the scholarship page or send a check for the desired amount to:  Kirsten Wehner, SERCA Treasurer- Woodruff Library Preservation Office, #127; 540 Asbury Circle; Emory University; Atlanta, GA 30322


Past meetings and topics:

2017 “Challenges Encountered with Adhesives and Stain Removal,” Keynote speaker and subject matter expert Linda Morenus, Library of Congress; Morrow, GA
2016 “Conservation in the Age of Man-Made Disasters:  Strategies for protecting and preserving cultural heritage against vandalism, defacement, and destruction,” presentations by Cori Wegener, Heather South and Lorne Tademy; Asheville, NC
2015 “Disaster Planning and Mitigation,” presentations by Jeanne Drewes, Rustin Levenson, David Goist; Savannah, GA
2014 “Consolidation – Issues and Techniques,” presentations by several SERCA members, Queens University, Charlotte, SC
2013 “Mold: Concerns in the Conservation of Heritage Collections,” presented by Olivia Primanis, senior conservator at Univ. Texas and Eliot Horner of UL-Air Quality Sciences
2012 “Survey Strategies,” presented by David Goist, Kate Singley, and Matt Johnson; University of South Carolina-Columbia, SC
2011 “Integrated Pest Management and Identification,” presented by Patrick Kelley, of Insects, LTD., Emory University, Atlanta, GA
2010 “Modular Cleaning Program,” presented by Chris Stavroudis, West Palm Beach, FL
2009 “Environmental Monitoring and Control for Small Institutions: Innovative Approaches and Practical Solutions,” presented by Steven Weintraub, Atlanta, GA
2008 “Introduction to Photoshop and Photoshop for Digital Photography,” Raleigh, NC
2007 “Enzymes and Their Targets for Conservators,” presented by Hal Erickson, Atlanta, GA
2006 “Recovery of Wet Materials Following a Disaster,” presented by Barbara Moore and M. J. Davis, Charleston, SC
2005 “Digital Photography 101 for Conservators,” presented by Yosi A. R-Pozeilov and Chail Norton, Atlanta, GA
2004 “New Methods in Cleaning Fine and Decorative Paint Surfaces,” presented by Richard Wolbers, West Palm Beach FL
2003 “Filling the Void: Philosophy, Materials, and Methods for Loss Compensation,” presented by James Bernstein, Atlanta GA
2002 “Microclimates,” presented by Hugh Phibbs, and “Disaster Preparedness and Response,” presented by Don Etherington, and others, Greensboro NC
2001 “Basics of Mold Growth and Mold Mitigation,” presented by Elliot Horner, and “This Doesn’t Stink: Chemical-free Alternatives to Fumigation,” presented by Bob Pennington, Atlanta GA