August 2013

August 15, 2013 in Newsletter by naam admin

President’s Message

Jacky Frady

Dear Member,

It was wonderful getting together with so many NAAM members at the annual conference. The Smith Family Museum of American Speed did an exceptional job presenting an informative and memorable experience that made our gathering even more meaningful.

I look forward to serving as president of NAAM for one more year, especially communicating with you throughout the year and working with our excellent Board of Directors. Each Board member makes valuable contributions and is committed to the success of NAAM. I am sure many organizations would be envious of this dynamic.

Strategic Planning

The Board has an aggressive list of goals to accomplish before our next conference in March 2014. Most important is a two-day strategic planning meeting to set direction for NAAM, which is tentatively scheduled in November 2013. Our last session was held in January 2010, and the majority of the goals have been implemented, with a few tested and revised.

I Want to Hear From You

Your input is important in this process and I would appreciate hearing from you. Please send me an email and share your thoughts about the following:

What are the most important services NAAM offers?

What other services would you like NAAM to offer?


I apologize for the delay in producing NAAM E-News this year. There has been a challenge with hosting it on the new website. As a result, this edition represents Issues 1 and 2 in 2013 and covers more topics than usual.

Happy reading and I hope you have had a busy, productive and enjoyable summer.

Jackie Frady

2013 Annual Conference

“Speedy” Bill Smith shared highlights of his career of racing and selling speed and power equipment spanning more the 60 years with NAAM conference attendees at the Museum of American Speed, which he and his wife Joyce founded in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1992. The Smith Family were generous and gracious hosts of the 2013 annual conference.

NAAM conference participants at the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

The Smith Family Museum of American Speed presented an exceptional conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, March 19 – 22, 2013. Automobile museums large and small were represented including Puerto Rico and 22 states reaching all four corners of the U.S. About 65 people registered for the conference where networking and educational opportunities were abundant. Twelve informative sessions were offered, 27 NAAMY Awards were presented, 41 professional development certificates were issues, two scholarships were awarded, three remarkable collections were toured and much more was experienced.

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2013 Naamy Award Winners

Charlie Ohlin, director of operations of the National Packard Museum, accepts a First Place NAAMY Award of Excellence in Interpretive Exhibits from NAAM President Jackie Frady.

At the 2013 Annual Conference, 27 NAAMY awards were presented to automobile museums across the country in recognition of exceptional work. This year entries were judged at Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, Warren, Ohio, by professors with expertise in each field of competition.

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2013 Conference Scholarship Recipients

NAAM was pleased to award scholarships to two members to enable them to attend the 2013 Annual Conference. The scholarship program is designed for smaller museums with limited resources for professional development of staff. Each year NAAM offers up to three scholarships which include a complimentary conference registration and up to $500 for hotel accommodations (at the host hotel) and travel expenses.

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Enter 2014 Nammy Award Competition

This is the perfect time to make a commitment for your museum to enter the NAAMY Awards Competition in 2014. You can report your successes or you can present tangible proof that your museum has excelled within the automobile museum industry. A NAAMY Award offers many benefits.

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Website Forum

When do you check the new forum for NAAM members? Hopefully it’s every day, Monday through Friday. Be sure to make the forum a regular part of your business routine, as the forum may become your most valued NAAM benefit. Terry Ernest, the NAAM Board member who managed the development of our new website and forum offers the following:

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Reciprocal Admission Program

NAAM has developed a Reciprocal Admission Program to promote professional development and networking opportunities among member museums. There are 86 museums that are members of NAAM and to date 36 have joined the program. Has your museum signed up?

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Curatorial News

By Aaron Warkentin, Curator, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Making Our Cars Matter: Contextualizing Your Automobile Collection

Be it Greek statues or the Space Shuttle, a museum’s challenge is to tell the story of an artifact within the context of the past while making it relevant to the modern visitor. It is always a struggle to take an object as complicated as an automobile and explain its importance within history while also relating it to the present and the future. Signage is an important tool we use to communicate this relevance.

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Marketing News

By Kendar Klink, Operations Director, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

Social media has transformed the way people in any form of business can reach out to customers and guests. It has been proven in countless studies that consumers shop and frequent establishments that they trust. Creating connections and trust with your guests has become easier with social media; however, your social media “friends” can also be let down. Jumping into the wonderful world of Facebook and Twitter can appear to be easy, but plunging in without a plan and without knowledge can be disastrous.

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Retail Opportunity

Sparta Pewter

Sparta Pewter has had great success in the past few months with our new Sublimation Program. We have created art and mugs for the following NAAM members: National Packard Museum, National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection), Barber Motorsports and the NAAM Conference in Lincoln Nebraska.

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Document Authentication

If your museum is in need of Document Authentication services, Wendell Strode, executive director of the National Corvette Museum, shared information about the company that authenticated the Honus Wagner baseball card that just sold for a few million dollars.

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News From Member Museums

Let us know what’s happening at your museum. Email Kristy Ketterman at with your latest news.

Antique Automobile Club of America, Hershey, P.A.

The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pa. is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year. To commemorate this celebration, the Museum is hosting a unique exhibit titled “Pop Culture & Cars – A Retro Adventure”, as well as a special car show and celebratory event in June. While visiting for these festivities, guests will also be able to enjoy the Museum’s featured motorcycle exhibit – “British Invasion: A Retrospective of British Motorcycles”.

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LeMay Family Collection Foundation – Tacoma, Wash.

On June 2, 2013, the 2nd Annual Lucky Collector Car Auction was held, benefiting the LeMay Family Collection Foundation. Collectors, curators and vehicle enthusiasts of all kinds gathered on the sweeping pastoral grounds of the LeMay Marymount Event Center in Tacoma, Wash., to bid on 100 historic, vintage and classic vehicles, with approximately 80 of those vehicles coming from the world-famous LeMay Family Collection.

Unser Racing Museum – Albuquerque, N.M.

The month of May is an exciting time at the Unser Racing Museum. A new addition has been added, allowing for more Indy cars to be on exhibit as well as dirt champ, sprint, pace and Al’s collection of antique Model A’s. Also, the Museum has been working with state school districts to align a curriculum with engineering, science and technology as they relate to racing. This collaboration has resulted in over 3,500 school children visiting the Museum this spring.

World of Speed – Wilsonville, Ore.

World of Speed, a new type of experiential, educational motorsports exposition has acquired a permanent home for its race and performance car collection and educational activities on I-5, just 15 miles south of Portland in Wilsonville, Ore.

“We’ve been looking for a home for almost a year,” said Executive Director Tony Thacker. “Finally, we’re excited to announce the purchase of an 80,000 sq. ft. building which is ideal for the motorsports exposition. Also, there’s a huge workshop area which will provide work space as well as space for our proposed educational activities.”

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British Transportation Museum – Dayton, Ohio

On May 18, 2013, the British Transportation Museum hosted their 10th Annual British Car Meet at the Market in Downtown Dayton, Ohio. Created for contemporary British Car enthusiasts, this 100 car event raises funds for the Museum’s building fund. The British Transportation Museum is the operating arm of the Society for the Preservation of British Transportation in America, Inc. An all volunteer non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, the Society acquired the “Gem City Ice Cream Building,” a location on the national register of historical buildings. Once the funds are raised and renovations are complete, the Museum will host a display area for British Transportation vehicles, an art gallery, a library of parts, repair and maintenance manuals along with books and magazines featuring British Marques and a gift store.

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California Automobile Museum – Sacramento, Calif.

From the glamorous time of the Great Gatsby, flappers, and early Hollywood comes a rare display of lavish autos cultivated by the California Automobile Museum. The Elegance in Motion: Cars of the Golden Age exhibit, running from May 25 through October 13, 2013, features luxurious marques from the Roaring 20s and Art Deco Era highlighting over 20 of the most stunning vehicles ever manufactured.

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Gilmore Car Museum – Hickory Corners, Mich.

The Grand Opening Celebration of the all-new Model A Ford Museum—the world’s largest public museum dedicated to the Model A—took place on Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Hickory Corners, Mich.

The celebration included a ribbon cutting ceremony, with special guests and keynote speakers. Visitors also enjoyed historic lectures, presentations, tours and live music throughout the day.

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Saratoga Automobile Museum, Saratoga Springs, Ny.

BMW’s world-famous Art Cars are rarely seen outside of Fine Art Museums like The Louvre in Paris, The Tate Modern in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. But, in a coup for the region’s automobile enthusiasts and art lovers, the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s newly opened Golub Gallery exhibit “BMW – The Ultimate Driving Machine,” features a spectacular BMW M1 Procar Racer painted by world renowned artist and pop culture figure, Andy Warhol.

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Veit Automotive Foundation – Monticello, Minn.

2013 marks the Veit Automotive Foundation’s 15th Anniversary as one of the nation’s most unique automotive museums. To celebrate this milestone, the Museum is making their facility open to the public. Visitors will be able to view the Museum’s displays of beautifully restored automobiles, motorcycles and gas pumps among many other eye catching items in a rare setting, focusing on a variety of eras. The Museum will also be hosting their Maple Hill 15th Annual Rod Run 2013 event.

Simeon Foundation Automobile Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.

The Simeone Automotive Foundation Museum recently published another compelling book on the theory of preservation of significant automobiles, particularly as they relate to automotive heritage and Museum curation. Titled The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles, this multi-authored text book discusses preservation of cars in found good condition, particularly if they are rare and have some landmark value, instead of restoration where history is erased in order to produce cosmetic perfection. The book is available at

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Tailfin Automotive Museum – Austell, Ga.

The Tailfin Automotive Museum is pleased to announce that their new website is now live. Visitors can see the Museum’s cars and projects at The website will continue to expand with additional information, photographs, news and features.

Founded in October 2003, the Tailfin Automotive Museum was established to provide the excitement of seeing these great American machines—rolling works of art that have survived and thrived through the passage of time and the changes in our culture. The goal of the foundation is to expand the Museum into a physical facility in the future, allowing the public to view the automobiles, as well as other historic memorabilia.

City Garage Car Museum – Greeneville, Tenn.

Allen Johnson, a Pro Stock World Champion, was honored along with his race team with a public reception at the City Garage Car Museum in Greeneville, Tenn. on Saturday, June 8, 2013. This day is observed as “Allen Johnson Day” in both Greeneville and Greene County. At the reception, Johnson retired his championship Mopar Dodge to the Museum for display and also signed autographs.

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant – Detroit, Mich.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, known as the “Birthplace of the Model T,” is pleased to announce the appointment of their first Executive Director, Nancy Darga. Since its inception in 2000, the Piquette Plant Project has been developed by the Board of Directors and implemented under the direction of the President through the use of volunteers, paid consultants and professional contractors. As the project progressed, the need for an Executive Director became obvious. Nancy Darga brings the hands-on understanding needed of historic preservation, program development, volunteer management, fundraising and construction project management to this position.

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National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Ky.

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. is hosting a ground breaking ceremony for their Motorsports Park on Friday, June 28, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at the future home of the track. The park will be situated on 184.05 acres that the NCM has purchased and had rezoned. The Museum has an option to purchase the adjoining 221 acres that may be used for future park development.

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