MRCG Scholarship Applications for Fall Meeting

The call for scholarship applications to attend the 2021 Annual Meeting is now open.


If you are pre-program or a current student in a graduate program and interested in attending the 2021 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, you are eligible to apply for the scholarship.


In order to be considered for the scholarship, you must submit the following:


1- 2021 Emerging Professional Scholarship Application form-

2- Send your CV or resume to

3- One letter of recommendation sent to


The application deadline is Wednesday, September 15 at 5pm CST. 


As always, questions about the application process can be sent to me at


We look forward to all our emerging professionals attending the Annual Meeting in Indianapolis this year!

Updates of Museum Closing and Re-openings (to the public): (6/18/2021)

Adler Planetarium: The Adler Planetarium’s physical building will fully reopen to the public in March of 2022.

Art Institute of Chicago:  Mon. 11-6pm; Tues & Wed. Closed;  Thurs-Sunday 11-6pm. -- Don't forget to go see the "Obama Portraits" now thru Aug. 15, 2021!

Chicago Architecture Center: Thurs - Mon. 10am - 5pm

Chicago History Museum: Tues. - Sat. 9:30 am - 4:30 pm;

Sun. 12 - 5pm; Mon. closed.

DuSable Museum of African American History: Reopening June 19th at 11am. Wed-Fri 11am - 4pm; Sat & Sun 11am - 4pm; and Mon & Tues. closed.

Elks National Memorial: Closed to public.                                              

Field Museum of Chicago: Open; The Field is open 9am to 5pm every day, starting on Friday, June 11. 

Illinois Holocaust Museum (Skokie): Wed. - Sundays 10am - 5pm.

MCA: Wed - Sun 10am - 5pm; Tues 10 am - 9pm. Mon. closed. Advance registration is required. Reserve tickets online.

MSI: Tues. - Sun. 9:30am - 5:30pm; Daily capacity is limited and advance tickets are required.

National Museum of Mexican Art: Temp. closed due to covid 19 pandemic.

Northwestern University Libraries: Open; Mon.-Fri.: 8am - 6pm. University (Main) Library are open only to Northwestern students, faculty and staff with an active Wildcard.Deering Library will re-open public spaces for study on 6/21. The service desks for the Herskovits, Transportation, Art and Music Libraries as well as the Mitchell Multimedia Center will remain unstaffed for the summer. The Libraries have temporarily suspended guest access to our buildings and collections.

Newberry Library:  Reading Rooms: Mon. closed; Tues - Fri 10 am – 4 pm (by appointment); Sat & Sun. closed.  Exhibition Galleries: 1Mon. closed; Tues - Fri. 10 am – 4 pm; Sat. noon - 4pm. Sun. closed. Bookstore: Mon.& Tues. closed; Wed. - Sat. noon - 4pm.

Shedd Aquarium: 9am to 6pm every day; except on Wed. is open later till 9pm; Advance purchase tickets are required. Check with event schedules online.

Most museums have now "officially re-opened". These museums have taken extra precautions and taken the health and safety of the public and our museum staffs as our highest priority.

Of course there is the "code of conduct" that should be followed when visiting the museums such as:

- Required ticket purchase in advance.

- Wearing a face mask at all times.

- One way visitor's traffic flow.

- Social distancing of 6 ft.,

- And reduced high-touch surfaces like interactive screens.

Please stay safe !!

Wear your mask and let us know how you are! We are in this together!

CACG Membership does not constitute a professional endorsement and may not be used in advertisement.

Latest Updates:

Job Openings:

Conservation Intership at Graphic Conservation Company. (8/12/2021).

Paper and Photograph Conservator Position Open at CHM. (8/18/2021).

For more info see: Job postings above.

Chicago Area Conservation Group                        


Midwest Regional Conservation Guild  



Upcoming meetings for SMSI group :

SMSI Members and Friends,

We have a great group coming to the picnic! Please come and join us! (more info under "SMSI meeting" in menu above).


Brian Ford, who usually gives his “An Evening with Brian” talk at the annual Inter/Micro microscopy conference has generously presented his talk, “Ready for the Next Pandemic?” on YouTube, since Inter/Micro 2021 was canceled due to the pandemic.

His very informative talk includes the science behind using face masks, the size of viruses and novel ways to reduce transmission of viruses. Thanks to Brian for adding science to this pandemic discussion.


Art Struss, SMSI President

  for more info see "SMSI Meeting" in the above tab.



Register today for McCrone Research Institute's new 2021 online and in-person courses. Select the course title to read the full course description and register securely online:

Go to


     Support McCrone Research Institute

After 60 years of providing scientific and educational service, and for the first time in our organization's history, we are asking for your help. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all McCrone's operations and programs have been temporarily reduced or suspended, and we have gone to an on-demand course schedule. Please make a gift to the McCrone Research Institute COVID-19 Relief and Preservation Fund to sustain the Institute for current and future generations of scientists.


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If you have any ideas or suggestions for future meetings, please let us know. Just call or email any of the CACG officers (Susan, Mary, Carol, Inez, Amber or Maria).

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Other interesting Links:

American Institute for Conservation

    McCrone Research Institute
     State Microscopical Society of Illinois
     Midwest Regional Conservation Guild

For SMSI Members and Friends,

Some helpful sites to get you through this Pandemic:


Those of us who missed Meggan's online presentation on dispersion staining, Here is the link:


Meggan's presentation is a great introduction to dispersion staining and is a step-by-step procedure for making your own dispersion staining objective.


Meggan instructs us to make sure that we have adjusted our microscope optics to Kohler illumination.

Instructions for setting up your microscope can be found in "Polarized Light Microscopy" * Check the index for Kohler illumination.


Sebastian Sparenga's presentation on Microchemistry Fundamentals is also on that webpage. Both Meggan's and Sebastian's learning sessions are on

the McCrone YouTube channel:


Check out Dr. McCrone's presentation on the Shoud of Turin. There are a lot of educational videos to help us learn more about microscopy during these hunkering down times; opportunity has knocked....

"The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin" with Dr. McCrone talk:

And also don't forget to see Bill Kurtis' interview with Dr. McCrone, dedicated in 2003 "Walter C McCrone: A New Explorer":

Other related Chicago Conservation News:

Rachel Sabino has an interesting article on

• "It broke: Dispatch from a Homeschooling Conservator".

Other topics of Art Inst. of Chgo articles:

• "The Secrets of a Mummy Emerge" by Arico, McIlvaine, and Tom

• "Nighthawks as Hope" A Curator Muses on Edward Hopper & Crisis" by Oehler

• "Conservation: The Dilemma of Extending Life" by Molina

See all at:


Our Past CACG Meetings:

Check out photos from our most recent tour of the Ed Paschke Art Center meeting.

Under Photo Gallery / "Ed Paschke Art Center tour"

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To see Frances Willard's Bio or history background ; go to "CACG Meetings" Frances Willard meeting flyer or to their website:

Photos and description of our visit to the Frances Willard House Museum is now available for viewing. Click on "Frances Willard Museum visit" under Photo Gallery.


 Photos from our visit to the Field Museum's "Behind the Scenes" meeting. Under Photo Gallery / Field Museum's "Behind the Scenes".

Field's photo.jpg

Also you can see a video of "Undressing a Mannequin Timelaspe":