The Campbell Center offers professional development coursework to meet the training needs of individuals who work in the fields of cultural resource management. The Campbell Center offers courses in collections care, historic preservation, and conservation refreshers for mid-career professionals. These courses require a varying level of expertise to attend- from basic core courses that require little previous experience, to conservation refresher courses that require mid-level professional experience. A certificate program was developed in 2005. Over the past 29 years, The Campbell Center has developed the reputation for being one of the top international destinations for collections care training. It is also well known for the expertise of its faculty.
The Campbell Center is located in Mount Carroll, Illinois. The 14 acre park-like campus was purchased in 1979, when Shimer College, which had occupied the location since 1854, relocated to Waukegan, Illinois. A fire destroyed the original campus buildings in 1906. The architectural firm of Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge, of Boston, designed 12 of the current Georgian Revival buildings in the early 20th century. This firm also designed Stanford University and the main building of the Art Institute of Chicago. The two more modern dormitories that make up the campus were built in the late 1950’s and feature original Eames designed furniture.