Annual Meeting

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Join us for the 2023 SERCA Annual Meeting in Macon, GA from March 10 to 12th, 2023!

Expanding on the preparedness topics covered in our last two virtual annual meetings, the 2023 SERCA meeting will look at the challenges in conservation due to increasing natural disasters and climate change. Speaker Rebecca Kennedy of Curae Collections Care will discuss evacuations, establishing roles and priorities, and cover various scenarios that we may encounter in the Southeast. As part of the meeting, Rebecca will also lead a half-day recovery workshop and we will have an Angels Project at the meeting site.

Since this is our first in-person meeting in a few years, we want members to come and enjoy the meeting and catch up with colleagues without the pressure of having to put together a presentation. Therefore, while we won’t have a Call for Proposals on the meeting topic, we have included a space on the form to indicate whether or not you would like to share a tip or trick you use! Tips and Tricks is the informal Sunday wrap up session and can be as long or as short as you would like it. We will reach out to you closer to the date to confirm the amount of time you think you will need.

The Annual Meeting will be held at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA. Registration cost is $225 for members and $250 for non-members. We will also offer options for virtual attendance on Friday only for $100 or in-person attendance for Friday only for $140.

Registration will remain open until February 21st, 2023.

Register for the 2023 SERCA Annual Meeting

A full schedule for the meeting will be posted in mid-February after registration closes.

About the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences

The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA opened in 1956 as a room at the Wesleyan Conservatory but has grown to become a significant institution for the community. The museum now has a permanent art gallery, planetarium, mini-zoo, Discovery House, and multiple outdoor spaces and venues, including walking trails, a bat house, and amphitheater. Additional information about the current exhibits and things to do at the museum can be found on their website

Located at 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210. You can find information about visiting the museum here.

Transport and Lodging

The closest airport for Macon is most likely Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport (ATL). If you come through this airport, there is a shuttle service from ATL directly to Macon that may be a cheaper option than taxis or renting a car. You can find out more information on the website for Groome Transportation.

Driving directions to Macon for those in Georgia and the surrounding states will be posted closer to the start of the meeting.

A hotel block for the SERCA meeting is now available at the Hilton Garden Inn Macon/Mercer University. You can book a room at the rate of $149/night by using the following link:


Not sure if you can make it? SERCA has Funding Opportunities!

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 to the annual meeting and provide lodging in the chosen city. 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 2023 award cycle is extended to January 31, 2023.

To help maintain the Leonora Weaver Scholarship fund, please donate using the PayPal button on the Funding Opportunities page or send a check payable to SERCA for the desired amount to:  Brittany Dolph Dinneen, SERCA Treasurer- Michael C. Carlos Museum; Emory University; 571 S Kilgo Circle Atlanta, GA 30322. Please note that these donations are not tax deductible.

Last Year’s Meeting….

The virtual SERCA Annual Meeting 2022: Protecting the Most Valuable Asset: Hazards and Personal protection featured Keynote Speaker and Industrial Hygienist, Joe Drapala, who provided an intensive overview on Indoor Air Quality, Mold Science, and Personal Protective Equipment. We also featured was a talk about Ergonomics for Conservators by Dr. Nikki Weiner, as well as talks from members about challenging conservation projects on hazardous materials. Conservators tend to always put the object first, but YOU are the Most Valuable Asset and need protecting!