The CSA Angels Project is a one day event, held each year, which provides conservation, storage and curatorial assistance to small collections across the country.
The deserving collection selected by the Angels Project leadership is located in or near the host city of our yearly symposium. The first project was awarded in 2006 and since then Angels Projects have assisted collections across the nation.
Staff and volunteers at the location of the Angels Project are provided training in museum standards of care for costume and accessories collections. Most of the necessary conservation supplies are donated by museum-industry businesses while the CSA Endowment supplies some monetary funds.
CSA member-volunteers provide the expertise and human resources. Each CSA Angels Project offers the Costume Society of America membership a valuable opportunity to acquire and practice collection care, management and conservation skills. We hope you'll join us for our next Angels Project.
Any CSA members interested in volunteering their services in the Angels Project may contact the CSA Angels Project Co-Chair:
Martha Winslow Grimm, Textile/Costume Conservator,
Follow links to view videos of CSA Angels Projects
The Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, GA, USA
Colonial Dames of America at the William Hickling Prescott House, Boston, MA, USA
Rebecca Maud Owens Costume Collection, Kansas City, MO, USA
Phoenix Museum of History, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Jackson Barracks Military Museum, New Orleans, LA, USA
Ramona Pioneer Historical Society at the Guy B. Woodward Museum, Ramona, CA, USA
Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House, Stonington Connecticut Historical Society, Stonington, CT, USA
The Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Georgia
• Kelly Reddy-Best, Textile Conservator, (Western Region) treats a Civil War era silk gown.
• Patti Borrello (Midwestern Region) and Penny DiPalma (Southeastern Region) clean a costume artifact in preparation for storage.
• Marie Therese Verville (Midwestern Region) sews an identification label onto an artifact, part of the Marietta Museum of History's costume collection.
• Repairs are being performed on a mid-19th century capelet by Emily Kelley (Midwestern Region).