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Please understand we are only interested in local Chicago based conservators.


I hope this letter finds you well. My name is Marisa Christy and I am a Procurement Associate at the Obama Foundation.  I am reaching out on behalf of the Obama Foundation and our Obama Presidential Center Museum Team.  As you may know we are in the midst of building a world-class museum, and we are now beginning our search for conservation partners to assist us in this important work. We are seeking to build a roster of conservation service providers that could be contracted to undertake various conservation and preservation related projects for the OPC Museum, including the assessment, conservation treatment, and/or specialized mounting of collections and loan objects for our inaugural exhibitions. 

If your organization is interested in potentially collaborating with us, we would be happy to share our Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for your consideration. As part of the RFQ process The Foundation will be requesting submission of qualifications via a number of written responses followed with in-person and virtual meetings. Your submissions will act as a first step in the process for us to qualify conservators as a pre-approved contractor. We anticipate qualifying multiple conservation partners according to specialization in specific material(s). Please be advised that we will

conduct a series of in person meetings starting January 23 through February 3rd, we ask that you put a hold on these dates for your teams in the event that your firm is selected to attend. We will accommodate those that need to attend virtually.

The Foundation requires the execution of a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) prior to the release of the RFQ. Please use the link below to complete the Non disclosure agreement so that you can be added to the RFQ release list. Please note, the RFQ will be released 48 work hours after we publish the NDA link. Please have the below NDA signed by December 5th, 2022 by 3pm CT. We look forward to hearing from you!

Link to Obama Foundation Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

Please recognize that while the submissions are due Jan 13, 2023. We are allowing you to submit questions to us on or before December 12th, 2022. We want to highlight our Foundation holiday period is December 22, 2022 through January 2, 2023 and we plan to return answers to your questions by December 21, 2022.


Best regards,

Marisa Christy 

Procurement Associate

Obama Foundation


Good Luck!

Hello All,

The updated CACG Constitution is complete.

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Meeting of October 5, 2022 at Northwestern:

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Latest Updates:

Job Openings:

Finally an interesting job opening to consider

for Object Conservators. 

Work at the Obama Presidential Center!

         info is at left of this page. 

Inter/Micro 2023: Call for Papers - Register Today!

73rd Annual International Microscopy Conference

Tuesday, June 13 - Friday, June 16, 2023

at McCrone Research Institute, Chicago


Abstract Submission Deadline is April 1


Register Today!


See more details under " SMSI meeting" in menubar above.

McCrone Microscopy Training Courses

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Chicago Area Conservation Group                        


Midwest Regional Conservation Guild  



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

Any Questions?
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If you have 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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Please stay safe !!

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

Related Links:

American Institute for Conservation

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

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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        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:

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

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


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.

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