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Don't forget about the upcoming AIC's 49th Annual Conference.

May 10th - June 24, 2021.

It will be a joint virtual annual meeting between AIC & SPHNC (Society for Preservation of Natural History Collections).

For more information Go to AIC's website:

Updates of Museum Closing and Re-openings (to the public):

Adler Planetarium: Has been closed since March 14, 2020.

Art Institute of Chicago: "Open" Mon. & Thurs-Sunday. Closed on tues. and wed.

Chicago Architecture Center: Temporary closure. Walking tours paused.

Chicago History Museum: Re-opening on March 4, 2021 with 25% capacity. Closed on Mondays.

DuSable Museum of African American History: Open ??

Elks National Memorial: Closed to public.                                              

Field Museum of Chicago: Open; free admissions for Illinois residents and closed on tues & wed.

Illinois Holocaust Museum (Skokie): Open Wed. thru Sundays; Free admissions on Wednesdays for the month of Feb. & March. Please purchase tickets online before arrival.

MCA: "Open" with marked visitor path to the galleries. (Phase 4 self certified).

MSI: "Open" Wed. thru Sunday. Closed on Mon. & Tues.

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

Northwestern University Libraries: Open; The building has re-opened for in-person services for graduate students and faculty beginning January 4 and will open for undergraduate students after Wildcat Wellness on January 19.

Newberry Library: "Open" as of end of Feb. 2021.

Shedd Aquarium: "Open"; advance purchase tickets required.

Most museums have now 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; even double masking is encouraged.

- 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!

Latest Updates:

Position available at Northwestern University Library for Materials care assistant.

See job posting in the above menu for more details.

Our next CACG zoom meeting is on April 22.

"What's on your Bench?"

Three speakers will present their current projects.

See details at left side of this home page.

Meanwhile MRCG is possibly planning some upcoming virtual meetings as well. Periodically check out their site too! (

Chicago Area Conservation Group                        


Midwest Regional Conservation Guild  



Upcoming meetings for SMSI group :








Catherine Lambrecht of the Illinois Mycological Association has invited SMSI to their April 19th presentation, “Linking DNA to the Microscope”. It should be a very interesting meeting and presentation involving microscopy. Learn about water molds with spores that can swim around. Special thanks to the Illinois Mycological Association for the invitation!


Joe Barabe, our fellow SMSI member, will present “Authenticity and Beyond: Forensic Art Analysis” on Wednesday, April 14th, 7PM, hosted by the Lemont Artists Guild (LAG) and the Homer Township Public Library. The presentation will be on line and registration is required. A link will be emailed to all registered patrons shortly before the program. If you don’t see the email, check your spam folder. Another opportunity to attend an interesting, educational and excellent presentation!

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:

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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).

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"

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".

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

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