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NAAM E-NEWS – September 2017, Volume 19, Issue 3

September 20, 2017 in Newsletter

NAAM E-NEWS – September 2017, Volume 19, Issue 3

In This Issue

President’s Message

By: Mary Ann Porinchak

Greetings colleagues and friends,

First, as we go about our routine days and schedules let us not forget those who continue to struggle with the aftermath of hurricanes and flooding. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they endeavor to rebuild.

It is now the fourth quarter—during this time most of us are evaluating the projects, programs and activities held the previous eight months. This is the perfect time to put your NAAMY entry together! You have to evaluate the project anyway, why not share it with your NAAM colleagues and get credit for the good work you are doing? Why not be recognized for your efforts and the long hours spent ensuring the success of the project, program or event? Now is the time to act—before the holiday rush hits or the January reorganizing goes into full swing.

Now that I have pitched the NAAMYs, please know I am fully aware of the time invested in planning, organizing and executing a program or event. I am also aware of the extra time it takes to enter the NAAMY Awards. However, the benefit of entering the NAAMY’s far outweighs the short term time constraint of completing the entry. Don’t think of it as extra time spent for accolades. Think of it as time spent to secure tangible evidence of the professional work that you are doing. This is evidence that you can use to leverage financial support from a myriad of sources and that gives you a new level of credibility. The NAAMY program truly works for organizations—we have seen the results here in our own operation. I challenge you to give it a try. Got the jitters of a first time entrant? No worries, there are many in the NAAM organization here to help. Contact Christine Bobco if you have specific NAAMY questions.

Speaking of the work we do and the long days, someone asked me recently why we spend so much time at the museum. At first the typical answers came to mind such as, “there’s a lot to be done—no one will do it if we don’t” and statements of that nature. Then the conversation went to “Why collect, why preserve, why history…. As one might imagine I found this course of the conversation hard to swallow. Then I realized that many of our audience and even supporters have never contemplated the importance of preserving history. It is often taken for granted. During this time of great tragedy in our nation, when many of our associates, collectors, and friends are battling life-threatening storms and devastating destruction we must all be clear on the “WHY” in our positions. No doubt, the recent storms will also become part of history. It will be a story that tells of the devastation and destruction of entire communities and even states. Interpretive panels will express the heroism of complete strangers who helped those in need and sadly it may also tell of the damage to and loss of many important historic artifacts. Perhaps this story will be communicated in a museum setting in the future. Regardless of the specifics, we must be clear why we preserve history and be ready to answer those who ask.

Every object, every event, every person has a story. The story if it is articulated with honesty and integrity will illustrate how that object came to be, the good and the bad. It will tell of the journey, the motivation, the need or the incident that triggered a chain of events that brought an idea or intangible vision to life to become a chapter in history.

History—explains the how in science, technology and even anthropology. History explains the why in our nation’s history, our medical history and even family history. History helps us understand our world, the cause and effect or chain of events that brought us to a specific place in time. History gives wisdom, knowledge and understanding. We know what disaster can befall nations at war and what happens when evil takes power. History even illustrates the impact of a single person who is willing to speak out and stand up for what is right.

History Challenges us—to do better, to be wiser, to be kinder, to be creative, to be imaginative, to consider the ramifications of our actions and to leave the world a better place.

History inspires—we know anything is possible if we believe and dream big—that no idea is irrelevant that no imagination is too great.

History knows no gender bias or age limitation—anything is possible for anyone. We know that history speaks to all alike on every level, in every culture—History touches where other disciplines cannot.

History compels us to be tolerant—to understand—to have compassion

History is the consummate equalizer—where gaps exist in age, geography and gender, history bridges them. The beauty of history is that it speaks to everyone alike. It needs no debate. In simple terms it is a collection of facts regarding events, people, objects and artifacts of all types that illustrate the past. In doing so it helps to explain the present.

The next time you are asked “why”, I hope you are able to answer better than I and with more than a superficial statement. Furthermore, may you understand fully the importance and significance of your museum position. We are the stewards of the past and caretakers of the present for understanding in the future. It is our obligation to convey to others why history is important.

Best Wishes,

Mary Ann Porinchak

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MISSION STATEMENT

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.

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2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

AACANAAM Conference Dates: April 9-13, 2018
(New Monday – Thursday pattern this year!)

Host Hotel: SpringHill Suites Hershey Near the Park – they are literally just across the parking lot from the AACA Museum – easily walkable. Specal NAAM Conference Rate – $129 per night + tax. Attendees should reference “AACA Museum NAAM Conference” when calling

Phone: 717-583-2222

Check in time: 3:00 PM   Check Out Time: 11:00 AM

Closest Airport: Harrisburg International Airport www.flyhia.com

Regional (larger) Airports: BWI Baltimore/Washington International about 1 ½ hours away; Philadelphia @ 2 hours drive; Washington, DC about 3 hours drive.

Information on area attractions is available via Visit Hershey-Harrisburg, the local visitor’s bureau. www.visithersheyharrisburg.org

Hershey is known as The Sweetest Place on Earth so you can be sure there will be lots of Hershey’s Chocolate at the conference and nearby for you to take back home!

Within Hershey Hershey’s Chocolate World Visitor’s Center, HERSHEYPARK amusement park, Hershey Gardens & The Hershey Story Museum are all located within a couple miles of the AACA Museum. We’re not sure if Hersheypark will be open for Springtime in the Park during the weekend leading up to OR following the conference – TBD. There is also the GIANT Center that hosts a variety of concerts and events such as AHL Hockey – too soon to know this schedule just yet.

We’re working hard to put together an interesting and informative conference for this year. We have quite a few exciting opportunities in the works- be sure to watch for future announcements!

  • Nancy Gates, Director of Marketing and Communications, AACA Museum

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NAAM FACEBOOK GROUP

Join the new NAAM Facebook Group! This space is in conjunction with the NAAM Online Community and is a great place to share successes and challenges, gather ideas, and network with member museums. Go to www.facebook.com/NAAM2017

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CURITORIAL SPOTLIGHT

MattASmall Cars Mean Big Projects at The Henry Ford
By Matt Anderson
The Henry Ford

It’s the eternal question in automotive museums: To run or not to run? At The Henry Ford, only a small number of our collection vehicles are driven on a regular basis. As we all know, maintaining a vehicle in operating condition is a serious commitment of time and resources. Operation is also, to some extent, inherently destructive. Original materials will wear and eventually require replacement.

When we do return a vehicle to operation, we look for a car that meets two defined criteria: something that has been restored, meaning that original parts and materials have already been replaced; and something that is unusual – the kind of car that you don’t see everyday, and that will provide something special to our visitors.

This year we brought two qualified candidates back into running condition: our 1980 Comuta-Car and our 1917 Woods Mobilette. In March, the Shell Ecomarathon Americas returned to Detroit for the third year. The contest has high school and college students competing to build the most fuel-efficient vehicles possible. (The results are truly impressive. Winning teams routinely exceed 2000 miles per gallon.) We thought it worthwhile to show the students that fuel economy concerns are nothing new. Our 1980 electric Comuta-Car represents the tail end of the oil crises of the 1970s. While the car didn’t win any beauty contests, it managed an impressive-for-its time range of 45 miles between charges. Ecomarathon organizers gave us some “track time” on the indoor test course. There were many smiles – and a few outright chuckles – when we brought that wedge-shaped devil around the circuit at a quietly blistering 10 miles per hour!

Old Car Festival, our annual gathering of pre-1933 autos and trucks, gives us a perfect excuse to fire up our 1917 Woods Mobilette. We get many Model Ts and Model As at the show, and an impressive array of early and/or obscure marques, but very few cycle cars. The same problems that bedeviled them 100 years ago – small size and poor build quality – make cycle cars just as unpopular with modern collectors. (And, of course, these vehicles simply don’t survive in large numbers.) The Woods gives us an opportunity to share something unusual with our visitors. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that the Mobilette is celebrating its centennial this year!

Periodic inspections were made of both vehicles over the years, primarily in anticipation of loan or display opportunities. Notes from these inspections confirmed to us that both vehicles were in sound condition, and that the Woods had been heavily restored.

The Comuta-Car posed few problems. After test runs, our only concerns were the motor’s tendency to run hot and the reverser solenoid’s occasional failures (making it impossible to back the car up under its own power). Given that the Ecomarathon only required us to run for short periods – and primarily forward – we could live with the issues.

The Mobilette was more vexing. Inspection reports warned us that the engine had seized. After pulling it we quickly found the culprit: one of the four pistons was frozen in place. We sent the block to a local race shop and in short order had four honed cylinders and four newly-made aluminum pistons. As of this writing, the little Woods is ready for the festival just a few weeks away.

Each of these repairs and alterations was carefully documented through photos and written reports. Future conservators and curators will know exactly what we did, and why we did it. And today, people can enjoy seeing these two unusual little cars in action.

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NEWS FROM MEMBER MUSEUMS

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum- Auburn, Indiana
“Historical Marker Unveiling at the Museum Following the Parade”

The Indiana Racing Memorial Association unveiled two historical markers, at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, to honor the racing contributions of the storied Auburn Automobile Company and Duesenberg, Inc. The unveiling took place in the Education & Exhibit Plaza, the attractive gateway to Auburn from the South, on Saturday, September 2 at 4:00 p.m., following the Parade of Classics during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival.

The racing roots of Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs run deep. A purpose-built Auburn Indy car debuted at the Indianapolis 500 in 1930; but it was in speed trials that Auburns found their greatest racing successes. Record runs at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Muroc Dry Lake and on the board tracks of the Atlantic City Speedway placed the marque firmly in the public eye in the 1920s and 1930s. Indeed, racing speed king Ab Jenkins famously signed each Auburn Speedster’s dash plaque to certify that the car had reached 100-mph.

Cord, Auburn’s corporate companion, also achieved great renown through competition: The landmark L-29 Cord’s powertrain was derived from the radical front-drive layout of Harry Miller’s trend-setting Indianapolis 500 racecars. Ab Jenkins of Auburn Automobile Co., drove a Cord 812 to victory at the 1937 Stevens Trophy Challenge. The trophy was awarded to the closed-body American stock car that maintained the highest 24-hour average speed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In addition, Cords paced the annual Indy 500 racing classic.

Unlike its corporate siblings, the name Duesenberg was synonymous with early motorsports. The marque famously won at both LeMans and Indianapolis, and held the world’s land speed record. Drivers loyal to the brand included Indy 500 winning drivers Bill Cummings, Pete DePaolo, Fred Frame, Tommy Milton, Jimmy Murphy, George Souders, and three time Indy 500 champion Wilbur Shaw. Others who competed behind the wheel of a racing Duesenberg included such early racing stars as Albert Guyot, Ab Jenkins, Rex Mays, Eddie Rickenbacker, 1921 Indy 500 runner-up Roscoe Sarles, Babe Stapp, and Ira Vail, among others.

Famed Indy 500 historian Donald Davidson will attend to discuss the contributions of the marques to the States’ motorsport history.

  • Kelby Park, Visitor Experience Manager,

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

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The Automobile History Preservation Society – Perry, Michigan
Automotive History Digital Documents Library

We would like to make you aware of our Automotive History Digital Documents Library wildaboutcarsonline.com/cgi-bin/pub9990262549471.cgi that contains over 200,000 digital documents. Access to these documents is provided free of charge and may help you in your endeavor to provide information on your vehicles to your visitors.

The Automotive History Preservation Society (AHPS) is an IRS non-profit 501 c (3) public charity that has been in existence since 2010. The AHPS is headquartered in Michigan, U.S.A. where we are also registered as a non-profit organization. Our staff is composed of experienced archivists, automotive experts and authors as well as many volunteers who donate their time and material to our efforts.

Our mission is specific – to “Preserve the Past for the Future”. We do this by digitizing the history of the automobile as found in pictures, print advertisements, brochures, magazine articles, manufacturer’s published training and education materials, press photos, vehicle service manuals and guides, and any other appropriate sources.

When it comes to materials we digitize; we scan them, restore them to their original condition and then post them to our Internet-based Digital Documents Library where anyone can view them, or download them. We have over 250,000 pages of material already stored and available.

PLEASE USE OUR LIBRARY! We are sure that this host of material can assist you in any information gathering you may need or want to do for your collections.

  • All the original material has been converted to PDF files that are downloadable.
  • Our material is stored by type – then by brand and year. It is easy to peruse and one can quickly find what we have on a particular vehicle.
  • We also have a Technical Section where we compile much of this diverse sea of material by specific make and model for easy access.
  • We have a “Car Models Described” section, by make, that contains detailed guides that can easily be printed for the enthusiast or researcher.
  • Your organization may use whatever materials you access for your research needs.
  • Additionally, we have a research assistant that can help with specific requests.

We hope you will take advantage of our service – feedback is greatly appreciated. And if you like what we are doing, please tell your constituents, friends, and fellow professionals about us.

NOTE: We rely on donations, sponsorships and grants to continue our growth and to fund our projects. We have no paid advertising or commercial links on our website – all our operating expenses are paid by our membership’s generous donations.

Robert Gerometta, The Automotive History Preservation Society

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Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum – SAPULPA, Oklahoma
Vintage-Inspired Gas Pump

Route 66A new 66-foot-tall vintage-inspired gas pump, added to the long list of eye-catching attractions along Route 66 in Oklahoma recently, has had its globe installed. The gas pump will help draw visitors to the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum, a 10,000-sqaure-foot facility featuring vintage cars and a variety of exhibits featuring cars, the military and Route 66.

Lina Holmes, Executive Director, Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

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OTHER NEWS

Classic Car News- Distribution List

Larry Edsall, Editorial Director, ClassicCars.com, has started a new weekly auto museum news roundup on ClassicCar News. He is requesting to be added to press release distribution lists for any museum who would like to be included in the weekly column.

Also, he would be happy to include photos with articles. Please include .jpg photos as email attachments or via wetransfer or with a link to fetch them from dropbox or another free photo-sharing service.

Larry’s contact information is:

Larry Edsall Editorial Director • ClassicCars.com
1345 E Chandler Blvd • Suite 101 • Phoenix, AZ  85048 • USA
Email larrye@classiccars.com • Voice +1 602.300.4518 • Twitter

 

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NAAM E-NEWS – June 2017, Volume 19, Issue 2

May 31, 2017 in Newsletter

NAAM E-NEWS – June 2017, Volume 19, Issue 2

In This Issue

President’s Message

By: MaryAnn Porinchak

Greetings NAAM Members.

We are now nearly half way through 2017 and for many of us the summer months are already bearing down fiercely. It is without a doubt the busiest time for us as museum professionals—it is the season in which there is little time for reflection. No matter where you call home, it seems the activity level is at a full roar during the summer but it is also the most opportune time to understand and recognize the legacy we leave and the significance of our work as museum professionals. I truly hope all of you found the NAAM Conference in Tacoma, Washington refreshing and beneficial. The LeMay family (including all of their volunteers and staff) deserve our heartiest congratulations on a job well done. I know I came home feeling energized and focused on implementing many of the concepts that were presented. No matter what your position there was something for everyone if you came to receive.

This year, instead of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle to meet deadlines, open exhibits and conduct tours, I urge all of you to take the time to step back, breath deep and take in the magnificence of your work. Look intently at your surroundings, listen to the world around you as guests and visitors enjoy that which you labor tirelessly to preserve and protect. After all, in what other vocation is there such an opportunity to engage individuals from all walks of life and all corners of the world? Resist being so swept away by the busyness that you forget your purpose and vision. Take time to enjoy conversations with those around you for it is at these moments that you will plainly realize your own legacy and purpose. Time passes too quickly these days to let one moment slip by unnoticed. You have talents and skills that only you can contribute, you have a passion that is yours alone. I urge you to use it for the betterment of your respective facilities.

In speaking of improving our facilities, we talk of legacy gifts with our donors and contributors. We know how important they are to an organization and what they mean for the future of our collections and institutions. However, as museum professionals we rarely examine our own legacies. The legacy we leave for future generations is not necessarily one of financial wealth although it could include wealth. The legacy we leave that is so important, is the one of professional standards and excellence. Our legacy is the decision we make each day to ensure the proper methods, policies and procedures are in place for the future of our collections and organizations. This is a legacy of building solid foundations into our operations that will withstand the test of time and economic storms. The legacy we leave as professionals in our respective museums is one that ensures collections across the country remain intact and preserved long after we are gone. Our legacies should include concepts that embrace changes in technology and administrations while remaining solid in core values. It is planning and preparing for the future no matter what may lie ahead. It is a legacy of ensuring the path is clear to the best practices in all aspects of museum management. It is for all these reasons that the National Association of Automobile Museums exists—to support our membership at every level and in every area of collection management.

No matter what your staff position you have the ability to leave a legacy of excellence for the future but it requires gaining knowledge, planning, and sharpening your skills. We cannot afford to be complacent—our decisions will directly impact the future of historical artifacts. The National Association of Automobile Museums offers support, education and encouragement to all member organizations to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry. It offers an affordable conference where members can gain knowledge and insight with web access after the conference. NAAM offers networking and pertinent resources through the online community and website. The National Association of Automobile Museums is a primary resource for the automobile museum community and enhances public awareness of automobile museums as valuable cultural institutions.

All of these benefits are available to you as a NAAM member. Draw on the experience of colleagues skilled in their respective disciplines through networking; sharpen your skills by utilizing and putting into practice what is learned from associates and lecturers. Every day we are gifted with ideas and imaginations—put them to use in your position. Find ways to improve and perfect the tasks for which you are charged and always consider how the decisions made today will affect the future of collections tomorrow. Everyone has something to contribute for the future—I urge you to take the time to consider your legacy and utilize the resources of NAAM.

Best wishes,

Mary Ann Porinchak

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MISSION STATEMENT

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.

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2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

On the Road: Telling History Via Many Different Routes

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We would like to sincerely thank the LeMay Family Collection for hosting an amazing conference, “On the Road: Telling History Via Many Different Routes” for NAAM in the Seattle/Tacoma area. The conference schedule was packed with informative sessions and two days of traveling to many remarkable private collections and museums. There were 76 attendees, representing 47 organizations, 12 Sessions, 9 tours with an additional 4 optional self-guided tours.

We especially want to thank Trudy Cofchin, Eric LeMay, and Stacy Rushton and their staff and volunteers for arranging, organizing, and running the 2017 annual conference. Their attention to an endless amount of details resulted in a fluid and truly fantastic conference. Finally, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mrs. LeMay, Doug LeMay, and Mary Shaw for warmly opening their homes and collections to us, as part of their family, and sharing their many stories and experiences.

C4 PHOTO C5 PHOTOPhotos courtesy of Jarrid Roulet, Veit Automotive Foundation

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Special Thank You to Our Supporters

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our sponsors. Our conference was an enormous success with the generous support we received from our sponsors.

  • Hagerty- Official insurance provider of the National Association of Automobile Museums
  • Cosmopolitan Motors & Lucky Collector Car Auctions- Wine & Bar service at dinner on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Group Delphi- Dinner Thursday evening
  • Adam’s DJ Service
  • Bose
  • Motor Car Memories Inc.

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2017 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP

NAAM is dedicated to helping its members grow professionally through informative annual conferences and networking opportunities. To fulfill this goal, NAAM offers up to 3 conference scholarships each year. The scholarship program is designed for museums with limited financial resources to pay for their staff to attend (annual budgets under $500,000). Awards included $1,000 for travel expenses, plus complimentary conference registration. These valuable scholarships are made possible thanks to our generous sponsorships.

CONGRATULATIONS to those who received a scholarship for the 2017 Conference:

Joshua Conrad, Executive Director,
Early Ford V8 Foundation Museum, Auburn, IN

Butch Papon, Curator of Exhibits & Collections,
Kansas City Automotive Museum, Olathe, KS

Carol Vogt, Executive Director,
Classic Car Club of America Museum, Hickory Corners, MI

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2017 NAAMY AWARDS

Congratulations to the museums that won NAAMY Awards at the 2017 Annual Conference for their 2016 programs, events and activities. This is a prestigious honor and their award represents a commitment to excellence and sets a standard within our field. Great job!

The annual NAAMY awards competition honors the work of nonprofit automotive transportation museums. The awards recognize industry leaders for achievement, professionalism and creativity. They are designed to further promote professionalism in automotive museum managerial, curatorial, educational and promotional work.

DIVISION I (institutions with an annual budget less than $300,000)

Events & Public Promotions

1st Place: Kansas City Automotive Museum, People’s Choice Car Show

2nd Place: BMW Car Club of America Foundation, The Vintage Open House

3rd Place: National Packard Museum, Museum Merrymaking

Films & Videos

3rd Place: Viet Automotive Foundation, Veit Video Programs

Interpretive Exhibits

1st Place: Seal Cove Auto Museum, Auto Wars: Then & Now

2nd Place: National Packard Museum, What’s In Your Barn (16th Ann. Antique Motorcycle Exhibit)

3rd Place: BMW Car Club of America Foundation, BMW Z3 Roadster

DIVISION II (institutions with an annual budget greater than $300,000)

Collateral Materials

3rd Place: Studebaker National Museum, Hoosier Made: World Driven

3rd Place: National Corvette Museum, National Corvette Museum and Corvette Assembly Plant / “Tourist” Brochure

Educational Programs

1st Place: Gilmore Car Museum, The Model T Driving School Experience

2nd Place: National Automobile Museum, Harrah Collection, History Symposium: The 1960s: Institution, Revolution, Evolution

2nd Place: World of Speed Motorsports Museum, World of Speed Education Programs

3rd Place: National Corvette Museum, ME-chanics

Events & Public Promotions

1st Place: National Corvette Museum, Corvette Cave-In: Exhibit Opening

1st Place: Owls Head Transportation Museum, New England Auto Auction™

2nd Place: Stahl’s Automotive Foundation, Hat Trick for Heroes Event for 2016

3rd Place: Owls Head Transportation Museum, Barnstormers Ball Fundraising Gala

Films & Videos

1st Place: Gilmore Car Museum, The Gilmore Car Museum: 50 Year Legacy

2nd Place: Owls Head Transportation Museum, Milestone 40: A Year at the Owls Head Transportation Museum

3rd Place: National Corvette Museum, Heritage Series: The One and Only 1983 Corvette

Interpretive Exhibits

1st Place: Owls Head Transportation Museum, WOMEN WHO DARE: Pioneering Women of Transportation

2nd Place: National Corvette Museum, Corvette Cave-In: The Skydome Sinkhole Experience

3rd Place: Gilmore Car Museum, The Golden Age of Sports Cars

Newsletters & Magazines

1st Place: Owls Head Transportation Museum, “Strut & Axle Magazine”

2nd Place: National Automobile Museum, Harrah Collection, “Precious Metal Magazine”

3rd Place: National Corvette Museum, “America’s Sports Car Magazine”

Web Designs

2nd Place: Studebaker National Museum, Studebaker National Museum Website

*Note: Entry into a category with three or fewer entries does not guarantee an award or an automatic first place, certain percentage levels based on judge’s combined scores must be reached. Ties are acceptable based on percentage level.

The 2016 NAAMY Awards were organized and prepared by Brittany Williams (Gilmore Car Museum, Collections Registrar) and Christine Bobco (NAAM Administrative Assistant). The NAAMY Awards presentation was prepared by Brittany and presented by Christine and Derek Moore (National Corvette Museum, Curator) at the NAAM Conference held at the LeMay Family Collection in Tacoma, Washington on Friday, March 24, 2017.

ENTRIES

  • 38 total entries
  • 7 of the 8 categories were entered
    • Books/Catalogs received no entries
    • Events/Public Promotions (8), Newsletters/Magazines (7), and Interpretive Exhibits (12) were the most entered categories
    • Web Design (1), Collateral Materials (2), and Film/Video (4) and Education Programs (4) were the least entered categories

PARTICIPANTS

  • 15 participating institutions (12 museums, 3 clubs/foundations)
    • 10 Division I entries
    • 9 Division II entries

JUDGING

  • 9 judges from both Michigan and Ohio institutions
  • 2 of the 9 judges were “digital” judges and judged entries sent to them online

AWARDS

  • 8 – 1st Place winners
  • 9 – 2nd Place winners
  • 10 – 3rd Place winners
  • 11 entries did not place
  • 3 entries received perfect scores (100%)
  • 1st Place awards were ordered from Sparta Pewter, 2nd and 3rd Place award certificates were printed in house

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NAAM FACEBOOK GROUP

Join the new NAAM Facebook Group! This space is in conjunction with the NAAM Online Community and is a great place to share successes and challenges, gather ideas, and network with member museums. Go to facebook.com/NAAM2017/

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NEWS FROM MEMBER MUSEUMS

California Automobile Museum- Sacramento, California
California Automobile Museum Gets New Roof

I must start with a cliché and paraphrase Dickens: This summer at the California Automobile Museum will be the best of times and it will be the worst of times.

Much of the NAAM community has heard us talk about the condition of our Museum’s building over the years. Our 72,000 square foot building has next to no temperature control and zero insulation, but the worst part is the roof – it leaks during any rainstorm. The leaks are not insignificant; we put dozens of buckets around, many cars are moved out of the way or covered to protect them, and mopping is a fact of life.

However, we are close to completing a capital campaign to fund the replacement of our roof and construction is slated to start this summer! Factors beyond our control (such as asbestos since the roof was built in the 1950s with a patchwork of repairs) means that the price has been driven up but the new roof will still have untold benefits for our Museum.

A new roof will of course protect our collection infinitely better. Our visitor experience will increase dramatically in winter without the rain but also in the summer because the roof material will prevent the building from heating up as much. The building itself will look more attractive from the outside which can only improve our image in the community. The California Automobile Museum has been talking about new construction, moving locations, and building improvements for over a decade, so this success will be good for the morale of staff and volunteers and supporters.

So, this is why it is the best of times. As the curator, I have new hope and opportunity for the future of our collection and displays. But it also means I get the pleasure of figuring out a giant puzzle of moving cars to protect them from the construction. Did I mention that we plan to stay open to the public for most if not all of the construction period? Hence the worst of times.

The construction process has actually already started – in the spring we were making repairs to our trusses with giant, heavy, metal bolts. And since no one wanted a car to be below or near those giant bolts, every time work was done on an area, all nearby cars were moved.

This required coordination between myself, our facilities manager, the volunteer project manager (we are very lucky to have a retired structural engineer looking this all over for us), our custodial manager (who helps move our cars), a small team of volunteers, and many other parties. Owners of vehicles on loan needed to be contacted. The locations of repairs had to be carefully orchestrated around events and programs. Cars near that week’s repairs had to be moved on the Tuesday morning for that week, and then moved back (if possible) on Friday morning. This went on for about two months where cars were constantly in the wrong place in the museum, confusing docents and visitors alike.

I can only imagine how much more complicated it is going to be during the actual replacement of the roof. At the same time, I am also working to make as many improvements to our displays as possible during construction. However, I can only speculate and try to lay groundwork for things to go smoothly – we will not be meeting with the contractor’s project manager for another couple of weeks. Until then, I must wait anxiously.

As of writing this, we have approximately 97% of our “Raise the Roof” fundraising goal. Despite a long and tricky summer for the Museum and me, things are definitely looking up for our future.

  • Carly Starr, Curator, California Automobile Museum

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Automobile Driving Museum – El Segundo, California
Women in Speed

The Automobile Driving Museum is excited to announce the first “Women in Speed” panel and banquet on July 8th, 2017, in conjunction with Collector Car Appreciation Day!

Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney, Lyn St. James, Paula Murphy, Jessi Combs and a few more women who will be confirmed, will be joining us at the museum for a wonderful day of meet & greets, signatures for fans and an evening banquet dinner with a panel moderated by Jack Beckman.

Their racing cars will be present and “fired” up and we will celebrate the bravery and exceptional dedication and determination these women offered to the sport of racing.

We hope some of you may be able to join us if you are in Southern CA during this time as it will be a memorable event!

Tara Hitzig, Executive Director, Automobile Driving Museum

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AACA Museum – Hershey, Pennsylvania
Detroit Underdogs to Take Center Stage at AACA Museum this Summer!

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The AACA Museum is set to bring some under-appreciated collector vehicles to center stage with the new Detroit Underdogs Exhibit that will run from May 13 through August 27, 2017.

Readers of Hemmings Classic Car magazine are very familiar with the column “Detroit Underdogs,” which focuses attention on the often overlooked, under-appreciated and easily attainable cars we fondly recall from our youth. Conceived by Executive Editor Richard Lentinello and columnist Milton Stern, this series of articles feature cars that were very popular in their day but have lost their luster through the passage of time such as the Ford Granada, Buick Apollo, and Rambler American. The AACA Museum is excited to collaborate with Milton Stern and Hemmings in bringing this exhibit to life here in Hershey, PA for everyone to enjoy.

The Detroit Underdogs exhibit, like the column, will shine a light on the cars that were the bread and butter of the American car market and have emerged as “underdogs” in the classic car market, examples of which include: post-war Plymouths, Packard 200s and the last of the large Mercurys. These cars are great choices for those seeking an understanding of the automobile’s role in history as well as those wishing to enter the old car hobby in an affordable way. Featured vehicles on view in the gallery will include a 1970 Ford Maverick 2- door coupe and a 1981 AMC Concord 2-door sedan. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy reading a variety of “Detroit Underdogs” columns in addition to enjoying the vehicles displayed.

The Museum welcomes columnist Milton Stern as guest curator for this exhibit. A native of Newport News, Virginia, and a Christopher Newport University graduate, Milton Stern has made his home in the DC Metro region for the past 20 years. He has been a writer since many of the cars he highlights were introduced and a car guy his entire life. A history and trivia buff, Milton enjoys relaying obscure facts about underappreciated cars to anyone who will listen. You can read more about his writing at www.miltonstern.com. The AACA Museum would also like to acknowledge and thank Hemmings Executive Editor, Richard Lentinello, for his help and cooperation for what will prove to be an informative and interesting exhibit!

Other featured exhibit this summer will include Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasurers that Survived Time focused on the fact that vehicles are only original once and will share some interesting stories in the life of these cars and motorcycles. Camaro & Firebird 50th Anniversary exhibit will showcase examples of these iconic American vehicles as they celebrate a 50-year milestone this year.

Nancy Gates, Director of Marketing & Communications, AACA Museum

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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – Auburn, Indiana
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Announces Donation

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum was recently donated a special 1923 Stutz Speedway Four roadster. This fully restored Stutz Speedway Four roadster is one of only a handful known to remain. The Stutz is on display in the Lincoln Financial Group Foundation The Cars of Indiana Gallery.

This 1923 Stutz is powered by an 88 horsepower four-cylinder T-head engine. The wheelbase measures 130 inches. When new, the roadster cost $2,950.

Known for its very fast top speed of 80 miles per hour and powerful engine, the Stutz Speedway Four series was a popular offering. Coming at a time when Stutz needed sales to move design and produce six-cylinder engines, the Speedway Four suffered low production and low sales.

The Stutz was graciously donated to the museum by Rick L. and Vicki L. James of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • Kelby Park, Visitor Experience Manager, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

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Wheels O’ Time Museum – Dunlap, Illinois

wheels photoWheels O’ Time Museum of Dunlap, Illinois celebrated opening day on May 3rd with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This is the 35th season of serving the public in central Illinois. We have grown from one building serving our visitors to four displaying everything from Abraham Lincoln’s axe head to a zither, but mostly antique and collector cars, of course. We are open 6 months a year and have over 70 enthusiastic volunteers. Check out wheelsotime.org.

Shown at the ribbon-cutting are President Gary Bragg and Past President John H Parks, the founders, plus Wheels O’ Time staff. John is 102 years old!

  • Jan Bragg, Wheels O’ Time Museum

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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – Auburn, Indiana
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum semi-annual newsletter,
The Accelerator, wins prestigious Golden Quill Award!

For many years, the annual Golden Quill Award presented by Old Cars Weekly News & Marketplace has brought recognition to numerous publications in the old car hobby, and continues to be a source of pride for winners. Submitted publications are judged for accuracy, style and presentation; along with quality of human interest, technical, historical, event and advertising content writing.

“It is important that club publications show growth,” adds Angelo Van Bogart, editor, Old Cars Weekly. “The advances in printing have made quality graphics and color renditions very affordable. Story selection and content is another factor that needs attention, since competition between club publications seems to become stiffer each year. Congratulations to the winners.”

Originally published by the Auburn Automobile Company, The Accelerator was a publication sent to Auburn dealers and distributors. Published monthly and sometimes quarterly from 1926 through 1935, The Accelerator contained useful information about sales, exports, racing competition, and people associated with the company.

When the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum was established in 1974, The Accelerator carried on its original mission adding news, commentary and historical content celebrating Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg marques – a continuous publication of distinction. The Museum members receive the publication semi-annually, one of the many perks of participating in the various Museum Member levels.

  • Kelby Park, Visitor Experience Manager,

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

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OTHER NEWS

Reynolds- Alberta Museum- Request for Recommendations

We are undertaking on the construction of a new Collection Storage Facility at our site. We are trying to gather new ideas that could be implemented into the new building for the storage of land transportation artifacts (cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, bicycles, etc.). The space has been dedicated as a publicly-accessible space, so there will likely be tours and programming in the space, but it will not be an exhibit space.

What I am ultimately looking for is images and ideas from any museum within the membership that has closed storage at their facility or off-site. Also, suggestions as to what to avoid and what to recommend for storage of land transportation artifacts as well.

Sincerely,
Justin Cuffe, MCH
Curator, Transportation Collections
Reynolds-Alberta Museum

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NAAM E-NEWS – February 2017, Volume 19, Issue 1

February 7, 2017 in Newsletter, Uncategorized

NAAM E-NEWS – February 2017, Volume 19, Issue 1

In This Issue

President’s Message

By: MaryAnn Porinchak

Greetings NAAM Members.

It’s a new year! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and ended the year with great expectations and new enthusiasm for the days ahead. I am happy to report that after meeting for a strategic planning session in Dearborn, Michigan in November, the NAAM board ended the year with renewed determination and excitement for the future. I would like to thank all of the board members who attended, especially Matt Anderson who made arrangements for the meeting and Jim VanBochove who was our facilitator and who challenged us to think outside the box.

After two days of brainstorming, goals and objectives were defined and a road map to achieve them was created. First and foremost, we plan to continue to enhance the NAAM Conference and to make it a signature experience for our members. This year’s conference will be held at the LeMay Family Collection in Tacoma, Washington. Registration is now open for this important event. If you haven’t already registered- now is the time. In addition, networking and resource opportunities will be improved through creation of a Resource Center for members and communication will be enhanced through utilization of an “on line community”—be watching for details on these in the coming months.

The strategic document the board created is designed to address and meet the distinct needs of our automobile museum membership and to support, educate and encourage all member organizations to operate according to the professional standards of the museum industry. It is also intended to cultivate and celebrate a culture of inclusiveness among members and organizations regardless of size or operating methodology through new mentoring and networking programs.

As this New Year begins, we reflect on the goals and objectives of the previous year; the progress made and the setbacks endured. Many of our members are seeing great change in their organizations in terms of operations, staffing and management. Even NAAM saw change this past year as we sadly accepted Administrative Assistant, Lisa Panko’s resignation. We miss Lisa and her cheerful voice but wish her well in her future endeavors. With Lisa’s decision came a challenge and an opportunity–both were immediately embraced by the board. The challenge was to find a suitable replacement and the opportunity was to enhance the position to meet the growing needs of our organization. Thankfully the board did not have to look too far to find Christine Bobco to fill Lisa’s position. Thanks to Lisa and Christine, the transition was flawless.

Many of you already know Christine, as a National Packard Museum staff member she was an important asset in the Museum’s hosting of the NAAM Conference a few years ago and she has managed the NAAMY Awards program for the past several years. We are extremely pleased Christine has accepted the position and look forward to working with her.

Speaking of the NAAMY’s, while reflecting on the previous year’s accomplishments– now is the time to prepare for the NAAMY competition. One of our strategic goals is to inspire members through shared excellence with the NAAMY program. Please make time to share the great programs, exhibits and work you have done this past year– then come and be inspired by what your colleagues are doing. We all benefit by participation in this great program and individually achieving recognition for excellence in your museums will enhance public awareness of automobile museums as valuable cultural institutions.

As the page is turned to a new year it is clean—a fresh start with new opportunities ahead. The content that will appear on those pages is up to each of us. We can create any outcome for the days ahead that we can envision. We can choose to embrace change and see the “new and different” as refreshing. We can choose to take action and be part of what is written on those pages. Whatever can be imagined can be accomplished– if we are willing to embrace the challenges before us and participate in creating the content of our individual pages. However, we must be willing to seek and gain the knowledge necessary for success and to apply the required effort. Let’s face it, complacency never inspires or wins awards. Complacency is never found amidst progress or excellence.

Your NAAM friends and colleagues are here to assist you as a primary resource for the automobile museum community. We are here to help you gain the insight, knowledge and tools necessary to polish your collection management skills and reach audiences with the many wonderful stories of our automotive history represented by our membership.

That’s the choice all must make each year, each and every day. As a NAAM Board we have determined that being complacent is not an option. We have resolved that moving forward is critical to survival and that growth and change are vital to remaining relevant and maintaining our ability to fulfill our mission.

This is the challenge I offer all of our members: resolve to participate—to learn or try something new for your organization. For many you already know what that one thing is—it’s been there on the shelf for some time and you just haven’t addressed it. For others, it may be learning a new skill or developing expertise in an area you find daunting. Whatever the case– go for it—your NAAM colleagues are here to support your efforts, to inspire you and to assist you along the way. We can all learn from each other and share our experiences with each other. The best way to get it started? Register for the NAAM Conference in Tacoma, Washington! See you there.

Sincerely,

Mary Ann Porinchak

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MISSION STATEMENT

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.

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2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

On the Road: Telling History Via Many Different Routes

Welcome to the NAAM 2017 Annual Conference! The theme for the conference is “On the Road: Telling History Via Many Different Routes” hosted by the LeMay Family Collection in the Seattle/Tacoma area. The conference schedule is packed with informative sessions and networking as well as two days of fantastic tours. You will not want to miss it!

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About Spanaway & Seattle-Tacoma: The LeMay Family Collection at Marymount is in Spanaway, Washington, which is five miles south of downtown Tacoma, Washington, on the main tourist road to Mount Rainier National Park. Culturally, because of the military and Boeing industrial/machinist influences, the area is one of the richest “car cultures” in the United States. (Maybe it’s that we’ve never used salt in winter, too.) Pierce County, where we’re located, has one of the highest registrations per capita of anywhere in the United States for classic and vintage cars. It’s also in close proximity to Seattle (approximately 20 miles from SeaTac airport), where some of the best history, technology, art and cultural attractions in the country are located. Tacoma, itself, has built an entire industry around a nearly quarter billion dollars in private investment in cultural tourism through its museum attractions (Highlights include the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, LeMay – America’s Car Museum, and the Washington State History Museum, etc.). There’s lots of green and “The Mountain” (Mount Rainier) is always lurking over it all. The main industries are technology, industrial, retail, universities, tourism, and agriculture.

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Information About LeMay Family Collection: The LeMay Family Collection Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization with most of its operations at Marymount. Marymount is a historic 87-acre property – a former boys’ military academy run by the Sisters of Saint Dominic. On this property, we are open as a car museum where we have three buildings with over 500 vintage vehicles on display year-round. We also have displays of other Americana and memorabilia (vintage motorcycles, radios, dolls, gas pumps, etc.). We run the museum as a hybrid of a self-guided tour of one building and a docent tour of other buildings. Not just a car museum, the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount is also a place for collections of things that were important to the industrialization of America in the 20th century. If we can figure out how to tell the story, in terms of why it mattered to the automobile, we’re open to creating space for it. It’s still a young museum on a tight budget, but it’s getting its groove rather nicely.

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Early Bird Registration Deadline: February 17, 2017

The early bird conference registration fee for NAAM members is $325. The conference takes place from March 21-24, 2017. The conference starts on Tuesday, the 21th, with optional tours during the day and a Welcome Reception at the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and concludes on Friday night, the 24th, with the closing banquet and NAAMY Awards Ceremony. The conference features excellent sessions and tours. It will be a great professional development and networking opportunity. Please see the attached conference schedule and registration form.

Host Hotel & Accommodations: A hotel room block is reserved for the conference at the Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center. Please make reservations early. Call (253) 848-1500 and say you are with the “National Association of Automobile Museums” group to make your reservations.

Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
620 S Hill Park Dr, Puyallup, WA 98373
(253) 848-1500

Room Rate: $109.00/night (Including tax, the nightly total is $124.72). Also, the hotel is extending the conference room rate for several days before and after the block for anyone who would like to visit the area outside the conference dates.

This conference hotel is nine miles from the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount. Rooms come with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with DVD players and Keurig coffeemakers. They also have microwaves and minifridges. A hot breakfast buffet is complimentary, as are all-day cookies and hot drinks. Other amenities include a fitness room and an indoor pool with a whirlpool tub and terrace, as well as 3 conference rooms. Happy Hour at the Fireside Bar & Bistro is Monday-Friday from 8pm-Close.

Additional Transportation Information: The closest international airport is the Sea-Tac International Airport (35 miles north of Marymount, 29 miles from the host hotel). Sea-Tac is the North American Hub for Alaska Airlines and the West Coast International Hub for Delta Airlines.

Getting a rental car or using a taxi or Uber driver may be your best way of reaching the host hotel or Marymount after arriving at the airport.

NOTE: Transportation from host hotel to destinations will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday of the Conference. Conference attendees will need to coordinate their own transportation on Tuesday and Friday of the Conference. We strongly suggest a rental car, Uber, or some other taxi service.

Rental Cars & Shuttle Info: http://www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac/Parking-and-Transportation/Ground-Transportation/Pages/Rental-Cars.aspx

Regional Bus Routes: Check out Pierce Transit for more specific instructions from your location (take Pierce Transit Bus Route #1 to Spanaway from downtown Tacoma).

Weather: Washington is not known as the “Evergreen State” for nothing! The Seattle-Tacoma area has a reputation for being rainy and green – we always say it’s best to dress in layers.

Conference Dress: Attire for the conference is business casual, and business or cocktail attire for the concluding banquet and awards ceremony.

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2017 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP

NAAM is dedicated to helping its members grow professionally through informative annual conferences and networking opportunities. To fulfill this goal, NAAM offers up to 5 conference scholarships each year. The scholarship program is designed for museums with limited financial resources to pay for their staff to attend (annual budgets under $500,000). Awards included $1,000 for travel expenses, plus complimentary conference registration. These valuable scholarships are made possible thanks to our generous sponsorships.

Apply Now: The application process is easy, completed online, and if you have any questions feel free to contact Christine Bobco at c.bobco@packardmuseum.org. The deadline is February 17, 2017.

How: Please visit the NAAM website for scholarship criteria, guidelines and the online application Conference Scholarships.

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CURATORIAL SPOTLIGHT

DEM PHOTODonor Relations
By Derek E. Moore
Crawford Curator of Transportation
Cleveland History Center

Donor relations can mean many things to staff in the museum field. The two biggest areas where donor relations are key is in development (the donors of money) and in collections (the donors of artifacts) although these two can also be combined, (donors of money and artifacts). As this is the curatorial spotlight corner of the NAAM News, I will be focusing on collections donors and the importance of maintaining a good relationship with them. Donors of artifacts give our museums all those wonderful objects that we display in our exhibits that enable us to tell fascinating…yes, fascinating, stories.

As a curator, donor relations can be tricky. The first step in maintaining good donor relations is in the honesty exhibited in saying yes or no to the object that is offered. Sometimes donors reach out to me and ask politely whether the museum would want to receive an item they have, or if it is something that the museum just wouldn’t use. These are a curator’s favorite donors. They get it! They understand that museums can’t collect everything; we have a mission and we develop our collections according to that mission.

Another type of donor is the one who does not understand the collecting process. This is the donor that must be dealt with delicately and diplomatically. They assume as curators we will automatically have the same love and appreciation for their item and that as caretakers of historic artifacts we will automatically share their opinion regarding its value and significance. They don’t understand missions and collection plans. These donors can be complicated and challenging. They don’t always understand that museums don’t have the room, or the budget, to keep every item offered to them. Explaining that the museum cannot accept the item they are offering can offend them if not done properly. Honestly and delicately suggesting the item may be a better fit in another collection or have a better home elsewhere while explaining what may happen if museums collected everything offered is the first step to addressing the situation. Keep in mind this same donor may be one that is able to leave a legacy gift or may own something that does fit the collection. It can be difficult but at times museums must be able to say no to an offer.

This is where a well articulated mission and your collection plan and policy comes into play. These documents are the essence of your museum. They define the parameters of your collection and often provide the process by which a donation is considered. Within its policy the Western Reserve Historical Society has a great support system for handling offers of items that are not immediately recognizable as a fit– it is our Curatorial Council. This is a group of curators and archivists at WRHS who get together and review offers of donations. In the review process to determine relevancy, the item is evaluated in terms of the collection plan. The council then takes a vote on the items presented. If the item does not get approved, the curator is able to go back to the donor and explain that the council determined the item was not a good fit for the permanent collection. This second level decision separates the curator from the process so it is not perceived as a personal decision by the curator. It also illustrates to the donor that the museum collects responsibly.

But, what if you’ve already had the phone call or visit from a possible donor and you said yes to accept their object as a donation and add it to the collection. Now the true donor relationship begins. We have to make sure all of the paperwork is properly done, make sure that the Deed of Gift is signed and the object is legally the museum’s property, make sure the proper tax forms for the donation are sent out, then catalog the object, give it an accession number, and either place it in storage or on exhibit…

SCREEEEECCCCHHHHH!!!!!! The non-existent, yet clearly audible slamming of the brakes is heard.

“Storage OR Exhibit, you mean it won’t ALWAYS be on exhibit?!” says the donor.

The art of explaining to a donor that the item will not always be on display in an exhibit is very important in the donor relationship. The donor has to understand that, as a museum, we cannot display all of our artifacts all the time; we just don’t have the space. We use artifacts to tell stories in our exhibits and the donated object might not always be relevant to exhibits in our galleries. It’s important to make sure the donor understands the object will be cared for even while it is not on display. Caring for the donated object is the institutions lifelong commitment to the donor relationship. We must do our best, as stewards of history, to preserve the items donated to us for as long as possible. This keeps the donor, and the donor’s family, pleased with your institution which may lead them to become financial donors and ambassadors of your museum and its mission.

Poor stewardship of objects in your collection can be detrimental to your institution, as we have seen play out in the news in recent months at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Famed land speed racer Craig Breedlove was allowed to sue the Museum of Science and Industry over damages to the Spirit of America Land Speed Car while it was on loan to the museum for 50 years.

I am not here to pass judgment on the Museum of Science and Industry, nor Craig Breedlove, but this is a fascinating case that illustrates what can happen to donor (or in the case, lender) relations when communication breaks down. Clearly, Mr. Breedlove was not made aware of the multiple times the vehicle was cut apart to be moved in and out of museum galleries and the numerous cases of vandalism by visitors carving their names into the vehicle. So consequently, he was unaware of the condition it would be in when it was returned to him.

Mr. Breedlove, obviously upset with the situation, having thought that the museum would care for his vehicle, took legal action and was allowed to file suit against the Museum of Science and Industry. Why? Because the judge felt that the Museum of Science and Industry had not lived up to the standards and best practices of the American Alliance of Museums, by which the museum is accredited.

Now, there is a lot more to this lawsuit than just these brief comments, but it is an example of living up to the standards and best practices that the AAM has set for us in the museum field, standards by which we must operate even if our institutions are not accredited by the AAM. We have an obligation to our donors and the objects they donate to us to preserve pieces of history. If we fail at that duty, then we do incredible damage to donor relations for our museum, we fail at our institutions purpose and this reflects poorly on the greater museum community.

In the end, remember how significant donor relations are to our institutions and that clear communication with donors is vital to a successful museum. Without our donors, we would not exist. When you say “yes” to a donation, make sure the donor is clear on the museum’s intentions regarding the object, and if you say “no”, try to make the declined donor understand why and that you appreciate their kindness in thinking of your institution. Once the object is in your museum’s care, be good stewards of the object and show the donor that they made the right decision in donating that amazing piece of history to your museum.

And finally, if we learn anything from the Spirit of America case, keep up communications with donors (and lenders!) even if something bad has happened. It shows that our institutions truly care about the people who support what we do.

Good luck out there working with your donors. Build strong donor relationships so that we can build a community of pleased donors around our awesome museums.

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NEWS FROM MEMBER MUSEUMS

JB PHOTO- AACAAACA Museum – Hershey, Pennsylvania New Leader Takes the Wheel at The AACA Museum in Hershey

Jeffrey E. Bliemeister has been named the new Executive Director of The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, PA. He was selected for this position by the AACA Museum Board Search Committee following an extensive search. Congratulations Jeff!

Jeff is no stranger to the AACA Museum as he was part of the staff here who opened the Museum as its Curator. Jeff was the Curator here at the AACA Museum from February 2003 through November 2011. Jeff has a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program co-sponsored by the State University of New York and the New York State Historical Association. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in Political Science and concentration in Anthropology from the State University of New York.

Jeff will be returning to the AACA Museum from his current role as the Site Administrator for the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania located in Strasburg, PA.   Jeff has a strong background of prior work experience in a variety of other Museum settings including: Site Administrator for the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Potter County, PA; Curator for the Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro, PA and Director of Hyde Hall in Springfield, NY, and a Curatorial Consultant for the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, NY.

“On behalf of the AACA Museum Board of Directors, we’re extremely happy to welcome Jeff back to the AACA Museum” stated Henry W. “Hank” Hallowell, III,President of the AACA Museum Board of Directors. “Jeff’s prior affiliation with theAACA Museum, his relationships in the automotive hobby, along with his years of experience in the Museum field make him the perfect candidate to step into this role.”

Jeff currently resides in Palmyra, Pennsylvania with his wife Jennifer who is a nurse at the Penn Station Milton S. Hershey Medical Center along with his two children Max and Emily who are currently pursuing college studies. Jeff officially began as Executive Director at the AACA Museum on December 12, 2016.

Nancy Gates, Director of Marketing & Communications, AACA Museum

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CS PHOTO - GilmoreGilmore Car Museum – Hickory Corners, Michigan
Gilmore Car Museum Appoints New Executive Director

The Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo, MI is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Shires to the position of Executive Director effective January 2, 2017. He replaces long-time Director Michael Spezia who will retire on February 15, 2017.

“Chris (Shires) has a strong background in museums and community relations” said Bill Parfet, Chairman of the foundation that operates the Gilmore Car Museum and grandson of its founder, Donald Gilmore. “He will be stepping down as the Executive Director of the Holland (MI) Historical Trust and brings a wealth of museum operating experience to our organization.”

Retiring Director Michael Spezia joined the Gilmore Car Museum in 2001 and led the Museum through the largest expansion in the organization’s 50 year history. This involved the addition of several historic buildings and on-site partner museums including Cadillac, Lincoln, and Model A Ford. Today the Gilmore Car Museum is recognized as North America’s largest auto museum with over 189,000 square feet of exhibit space, the size and breadth of its collection, the 90-acre historic campus, and its seven individual partner museums.

Parfet pointed out that the Gilmore Car Museum has seen “phenomenal growth over the past 15 years, with 2016—our 50th anniversary—marking the museum’s most successful year to date,” and acknowledges the significant role Michael has played in our success.

Earlier in 2016 when Spezia announced his pending retirement, the Gilmore Car Museum Board of Trustees undertook a nationwide search to find his replacement. Shires is a native of Maryland and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Marshall University in Huntington, WV and a Master of Arts in History and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Missouri—St. Louis.

Shires joined the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH a year before it opened to the public in 2004. He went on to serve six years there, first as Interpretive Services Manager and later as Director of Exhibits, Education, and Programs. In 2009 he became Director of Interpretation and Programs for the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. He was appointed to the post of Executive Director of the Holland Historic Trust three years ago.

“I’m very confident in turning the Gilmore Car Museum over to Chris,” stated outgoing Director Michael Spezia. “His strong museum qualifications, experience, and desire to share history with the community will serve the future of the Museum well.” Michael also wished to thank all of the supporters of the Museum during his stewardship.

“The Holland Museum is a wonderful museum and community resource,” Shires stated recently when he announced his acceptance of his new position with the Gilmore Car Museum. “I am most proud of the plan we put together and our ability to continue to deliver on our mission despite limited resources.”

Shires expressed that he’s had a passion for history for as long as he could remember and grew to love the stories behind artifacts as much as the objects themselves. He is genuinely thrilled by the chance to continue to pursue something that he enjoys so immensely—“sharing the stories from history and becoming a part of the Gilmore Car Museum team.”

Jay Follis, Director of Marketing, Gilmore Car Museum

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DEM2 PHOTONational Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Kentucky
National Corvette Museum Names Curator

Derek E. Moore of Garrettsville, OH has been named Curator for the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, previously serving as the Crawford Curator of Transportation History at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, OH.

As Curator of Transportation History, Moore was responsible for researching the history of automobiles and aviation of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, developing exhibits and programming on the history of automobiles, aircraft and related transportation technologies. In addition, Moore created and maintained records on the collection, developed lectures, essays and summaries for use in exhibits and publications and was responsible for the conservation and preservation of the 150+ collection of historic vehicles and aircraft.

Prior to his employment at the Western Reserve Historical Society, he served in several roles including Conservation Specialist of the Transportation Collection at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI and interned at the Alfred P. Sloan Museum in Flint, MI.

As Curator for the National Corvette Museum, Moore will be responsible for researching, developing and producing exhibits as well as the planning, acquisition and/or loan, safekeeping and cataloging of collection objects and vehicles related to Corvette history.

“The National Corvette Museum is one of the most welcoming environments I’ve experienced. It is an incredible museum and is so unique in that it is focused on one community – and it has that community feeling about it,” said Moore. “One of the biggest challenges currently facing museums is the decreasing number of visitors. Younger generations are losing interest in museums as they turn to more and more handheld technology. To bring them back to the museums, we need to work with that technology and I look forward to helping the NCM add cutting edge technology that will help freshen up the exhibits and get younger generations excited about visiting the museum.”

Moore grew up in St. Charles, MI and is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University of Ypsilanti, MI with a Bachelor of Science in History. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, serves as Treasurer of the National Association of Automobile Museums, and is a past board member of the National Automotive History Collection at the Detroit Public Library.

He and fiancée, Christine Bobco, are auto enthusiasts and currently own several antique vehicles including a 1917 Overland, 1923 Peerless, and a 1961 Ford Falcon, and hope to be adding a Corvette to their collection soon. The couple will relocate to South Central Kentucky in March and his first day at the Museum will be the 6th.

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CCCA Museum – Hickory Corners, Michigan
Announcing Clive Cussler as Grand Marshal at this years’ CCCAM Experience!
June 2 – 4, 2017

We are honored and privileged to host Clive Cussler, best-selling American adventure novelist, underwater explorer, and noted collector of 115 of the finest examples of custom coachwork and 50’s convertibles to be found anywhere.

After working in the advertising industry as copywriter, creative director, and producer of radio and television commercials, Cussler began writing books in 1965. He is the author of more than 70 books including two coffee-table books; one titled Built for Adventure The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt reveals the history and acquisition of his outstanding collection of rare, classic, and antique automobiles. His thriller novels have reached The New York Times fiction best-seller list at least 20 times. Additionally, two of his novels, Raise the Titanic! and Sahara were adapted to screenplay and released as movies. Aside from his novels, Cussler has also written two children’s books.

Clive is also the founder and chairman of the National Underwater & Marine Agency, (NUMA) a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to American maritime and naval history. Cussler and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered over 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites. After verifying their finds, NUMA turns the rights to the artifacts over to non-profits, universities, or government entities all over the world. Some of these finds include the C.S.S. Hunley, best known as the first submarine to sink a ship in battle and the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania. In addition to being Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London.

Clive’s extraordinary car collection, several with famous and historic value, is garaged in the Cussler Museum in Arvada, CO. Many of the fabulous vehicles have been a large part of his best-selling novel series. His impressive list of classics includes:

  • 1918 Cadillac V8 Touring
  • 1921 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1925 Isotta Fraschini
  • 1925 Minerva Town Car
  • 1926 Hispano Suiza
  • 1928 Cadillac Town Car
  • 1929 Bentley Blower
  • 1929 Duesenberg Boattail
  • 1929 Packard Roadster 640
  • 1930 Cadillac V-16 Town Car
  • 1930 Lincoln V8 Town Car
  • 1930 Packard Boat-tail
  • 1932 Auburn Boat-tail
  • 1932 Stutz DV32 Town Car
  • 1933 American Austin Bantim
  • 1936 Avions Voisin
  • 1936 Packard V12 Town Car
  • 1936 Pierce Arrow V12 Berlin
  • 1937 Cord V12 Berlin
  • 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III Town Car
  • 1938 Bugatti 59C
  • 1939 Mercedes Benz 540K Saloon
  • 1940 Cadillac V16 Limousine
  • 1948 Delahaye Cabriolet
  • 1948 Packard Custom 8
  • 1948 Talbot Lago Grand Sport Coupe

Be sure to join us June 2nd – 4th at the CCCA Museum Experience in Hickory Corners, MI. You’ll be able to visit with Clive throughout the week-end beginning Friday evening at the BBQ. He’ll come along Saturday morning for our beautiful country driving tour which includes a visit to OFF Brothers’ private collection and a lakeside lunch at the Gull Lake Country Club. The Saturday evening banquet will kick off with a reception where artists will display their automobile fine art to be auctioned. Classic-era fashions are encouraged during Sunday’s Concours and ladies, be sure to attend the Chocolates Making Demonstration & Tasting in the early afternoon. This is a week-end you won’t want to miss! Register online at www.cccamuseum.org or call 269-352-9947.

Carol Vogt, CCCA Museum Executive Director

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Henry Ford Museum – Dearborn, Michigan
Henry Ford Museum Pops the Hoods of Some of the Most Iconic Vehicles in the World during Engines Exposed
More than 60 vehicles exposed Jan. 14 – Feb. 28, 2017

Beginning January 14 through February 28, auto enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to look under the hoods of some of the most iconic vehicles ever made during Engines Exposed at Henry Ford Museum. More than 60 vehicles inside the Driving America exhibit will have their hoods popped, including a look at the 1926 Rolls-Royce New Phantom Limousine and the iconic 1967 Mark IV engine that powered Ford to victory at LeMans fifty years ago.

Engines Exposed provides guests the unique look at the engines that changed the automotive world forever including the 1909 Ford Model T, 1943 Willys-Overland Jeep, 1949 Volkswagen, 1997 General Motors EV1. During this limited engagement, guests are invited to Driving America’s Car Court to discuss The Henry Ford’s world-class car collection and explore automotive innovations every day with our presenters. Topics change daily and may include everything from the basics to a deeper dive on one of the iconic vehicles in the collection. Auto fans will also have the rare opportunity to gain expert insight and take a closer look at our engines through the help of our digitized collection from Matt Anderson, curator of transportation inside the Drive-in Theater on Saturday, January 21 at 3:30 pm and Saturday, February 18 at 3:30 pm. Along with special presentations, guests can explore our engine collection on their own on one of our 18 digital kiosks throughout Driving America.

In honor of National Engineers Week, February 18-25, The Henry Ford will celebrate these transformative dreamers and doers with daily hands-on learning opportunities and the new film Dream Big: Engineering Our World opening February 18 inside the Giant Screen Experience. During the week, special guest experts will also be onsite including Robert Scott, director of diversity initiatives for the University of Michigan College of Engineering on Friday, February 24 at 10 am in the Museum Gallery Plaza.

For the young auto enthusiast there are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on during Make Something Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm in the Museum Gallery Plaza throughout the run of Engines Exposed. In January, young makers can learn to solder, create their own tinkering journal or build a bot and in February they will have the chance to explore the evolution of vehicle power sources to create their own battery-powered model cars.

Melissa Foster, Media and Film Relations Manager, The Henry Ford

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Hudson PHOTO 1Seal Cove Auto Museum – Seal Cove, Maine
1910 Hudson with Historical Connection to Mount Desert Island on Loan at Seal Cove Auto Museum

An antique auto with some some fascinating connections to Mount Desert Island arrived to the Seal Cove Auto Museum in December. The car, built in 1910 by the Hudson Motor Car Company, will be on loan from Jan Kendrick, of Bryant Pond, Maine, through the 2017 season. According to Ms. Kendrick, the Hudson is one of only seven Touring Cars that are known to exist of the 2,099 manufactured in 1910.

The car is powered by a four-cylinder, 22.5 horsepower engine coupled to a three-speed, sliding gear transmission, making it in Ms. Kendrick’s words, “probably the easiest car I’ve ever driven and there have been a lot. It drives like butter and I think that kind of says it all.”

The Hudson Motor Car Company began operations in 1909 with Roscoe B. Jackson at the helm as its General Manager, one of the five men at the core of its early leadership, and who would later become President of the Company. During his time as Hudson’s President, Jackson began taking respites on Mount Desert Island. Both he and Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford and also a summer resident of Mount Desert Island, befriended Clarence C. Little, a Harvard-trained geneticist who had served as President at the University of Maine, as well as the University of Michigan (Jackson’s Alma Mater.)

Hudson PHOTO 2In 1929, it was with Jackson’s and Ford’s financial support that Clarence Little was able to found a genetics research facility in Bar Harbor. When Jackson died suddenly on a trip to Europe in March of that year, Little and his board decided to name the research unit in Jackson’s honor, the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum is so pleased and thankful for Ms. Kendrick’s loan of this wonderful car that has such an interesting local connection. Visitors can see the Hudson at the Museum when it opens May 1, or over the winter by appointment.

Hope Rowan, Marketing & Development Director, Seal Cove Auto Museum

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TAM PHOTOTupelo Automobile Museum – Tupelo, Mississippi
Tupelo Automobile Museum To Raffle Fully-Restored 1959 Chevrolet Apache Pickup
Truck- 10,000 tickets now available for sale with proceeds benefiting historic museum

The Tupelo Automobile Museum promises to start engines and excitement during 2017 with plans to raffle a canary yellow 1959 Chevrolet Apache ½ Ton Stepside Pickup Truck.

Vintage automobile enthusiasts now have a chance to own a piece of auto history for only $25, while supporting one of Mississippi’s most important museums.

The Apache half-ton stepside pickup truck boasts many features including off-frame restoration, custom interior, a 350/5.7 liter crate engine, TH 350 automatic transmission, air conditioning, bed cover, ground effect lights and complete build sheets records.

“We have been searching for two years for the perfect classic vehicle to raffle for a museum fundraiser. When this impeccably restored ’59 Chevrolet Apache became available we knew our search was over. It provides the perfect combination of classic culture and modern comfort features which will appeal to everyone,” said Jane Spain, Executive Director of the museum.

Ticket sales are open now and will continue throughout the year until 10,000 tickets are sold. The winning ticket will be selected at noon on December 16, 2017 at the museum. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Tickets may be purchased for $25 or 5 for $100 at the Tupelo Automobile Office: 1 Otis Boulevard, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804. Across from BancorpSouth Arena or by calling 662-842-4242 for ticket purchase by mail information.

Contest rules and regulations are posted at the Tupelo Automobile Museum and online at www.tupeloauto.com.

-Jane Spain, Executive Director, Tupelo Automobile Museum

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Motte Historical Museum – Sun City, California
5th Annual Big Barn Classic Car Show April 29, 2017

Car enthusiasts please register in advance, 11 classes of cars will be judged awarded trophies in each class including 1 best over all and club with the largest participation. Live band Bodie playing outlaw rock, and Jerome Robinson from the second generation platters sounds of the 50’s – 60’s. Vendor/exhibitors and festival foods available for purchase. The Motte Museum open Free general admission and parking in the north Field. Car show entrants can contact us for an application or download one on the website www.mottemuseum.com fee 25.00 includes a goodie bag and event shirt.

-Maria Mathey, Motte Historical Museum

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Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum – SAPULPA, Oklahoma
66-foot-tall vintage-inspired gas pump nears completion at Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

A new 66-foot-tall vintage-inspired gas pump is about to be added to the long list of eye-catching attractions along Route 66 in Oklahoma. The gas pump will help draw visitors to the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum, a 10,000-sqaure-foot facility featuring vintage cars and a variety of exhibits featuring cars, the military and Route 66.

The frame of the large structure has already been constructed and will now be wrapped and finished to look like a vintage gas pump.

“Getting the gas pump constructed is a dream come true,” said Richard Holmes, president of the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum. “It is so exciting and our recent guests from England and Australia are amazed at how big the steel structure looks.”

The museum has seen a steady stream of visitors from Europe, Australia, South America, Asia and across the United States since it opened in June.

The museum is currently hosting the Chip Foose designed Dodge “HemisFear.” Part supercar, part custom and part hotrod, the Hemisfear is perhaps the most renowned Foose vehicle. The museum is also hosting a concept 1965 Chevrolet Impala, The Imposter, designed by Chip Foose, star of the reality television show “Overhaulin’”. The car, which took seven years to design and complete, has traveled around the country and won contests in Las Vegas and Denver, among other cities.

Lina Holmes, Executive Director, Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

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The Automobile Driving Museum – El Segundo, CA
Announces New Exhibit: A Woman’s Touch on the Automobile Industry

A Woman’s Touch on the Automobile Industry began January 22nd and runs through May12th. We will portray the history of women in the automotive industry, the key players of yesteryear and today, the Sirens of Chrome and the role of the Automobile in the Suffrage Movement. The purpose of this exhibit is to recognize the impact that women have had on the automobile industry from the inception of the automobile to modern times. These women have been drivers, inventors, CEOs, writers, designers and models.

We will be showcasing 5 cars during the exhibit, and the most noted will be Shirley Muldowney’s restored 1977 World Champion Top Fuel Dragster. We will have a Meet & Greet with Shirley Muldowney at the museum (date TBD, March or summer) and an all women car show March 25th – Girls in the Garage Car Show & Fashion Exchange.

“Grease Girl” (A.K.A. Kristin Cline) will be offering “Ladies Car Care 101” classes at the museum for $5 each on Feb. 19th, March 18th and May 7th.

The museum will also be hosting at least one car show per month, beginning with our Tri Five Chevy Car show on January 14th.

The museum is looking forward to a very event filled year with education on the history of the automobile and participation in many car shows and events.

Tara L. Hitzig, Executive Director, The Automobile Driving Museum

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Templar Motors Factory Display – Lakewood, Ohio
Announces TEMPLAR MOTORS CENTENNIAL 2017: The Superfine Small Car

Please check our Templar Website, www.templarmotors.com, for future Events celebrating the Centennial at the Templar Motors Factory Display in 2017. The Templar Motors Factory Display is located in Lakewood, Ohio, in the Original Templar Motors Factory/Assembly Building on the 3rd Floor where all of the 6700+ Templar Cars were Assembled from 1917-to-1924!

TEMPLAR MOTOR FACTORY DISPLAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqZ6H9PfhPQ

Dave Buehler, Templar Motor Factory Display

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World of Speed Motorsports Museum – Wilsonville, Oregon
World of Speed Launches New Exhibit Featuring Women in Drag Racing

World of Speed, an educational and interactive motorsports museum, announces the newest edition of its Women in Racing exhibit, which was unveiled on Saturday, Dec 10. Women in Racing showcases women in motorsports and highlights how women’s participation has grown throughout the decades. The next iteration of the exhibit focuses specifically on female drag racers.

Each racer will be portrayed through personal memorabilia, photos and video. The racers include:

  • Angelle Sampey: Three-time champion, Sampey is the winningest female driver in NHRA history with 43 win, and the third-most for a Pro Stock Motorcycle driver.
  • Kacee Pitts: Having raced since she was 10 years old, the now 18 year old Pitts won 5 Wally awards by age 15 and two Woodburn Dragstrip track championships at age 16.
  • Peggy Llewellyn: In 2007, Llewellyn won the NHRA POWERade event in Dallas, becoming the first woman of color to win a professional motorsports event.
  • Sue Mitchell: Local Super Pro Mitchell has been racing her modified 1963 Chevy II Nova Suzie II since 1976, setting an AHRA world record in 1981.

Sue Mitchell and Kacee Pitts will be at World of Speed for the exhibit’s unveiling, and invite museum guests to join them for the following events:

  • 11:00 a.m.: Exhibit unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony
  • 12:00 p.m.: Talk and Q&A with Kacee Pitts about Jr. Drag Racing in the main gallery
  • 1:00 p.m.: Meet and greet with racers and fan card signing

Women featured in the exhibit are both local and national, two-wheel and four-wheel racers, professional and amateur, a teenager alongside a woman with 40 years of racing under her belt; yet all of them have made their mark in drag racing.

World of Speed initially launched its Women in Racing exhibit in fall 2015, featuring racers Cindi Lux, Lyn St. James, Courtney Force, Betty Burkland and Michelle Mille. The museum’s new iteration of this exhibit will run through December 2017.

World of Speed is located at 27490 SW 95th Ave. in Wilsonville, Ore.

Angie Galimanis, World of Speed

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World of Speed Motorsports Museum – Wilsonville, Oregon
World of Speed Launches New Exhibit Featuring the First American-Made Formula One Race Car, The Scarab

World of Speed, an educational and interactive motorsports museum, announces its newest exhibit featuring the Scarab, which was unveiled on Tuesday, January 10 and runs through Tuesday, April 2. The Scarab was the first American-made Formula One race car, and the exhibit showcases what is considered, to this day, to be one of the most beautiful race cars ever created. The Scarab was dreamed up by a handsome young playboy heir, Lance Reventlow, who wanted something that money alone couldn’t buy and designed by a team of anti-establishment hot-rodders from California.

“We are thrilled to be the first museum to showcase the Scarab,” said David Schaeffer, World of Speed executive director. “This is an incredible car with an amazing backstory, as told through our interactive exhibit. We look forward to sharing its unique history with our guests.”

After World War II, factories that had formerly churned out warplanes were making automobiles, and many military airstrips were becoming raceway circuits. From the Nürburgring to Indianapolis, racing was back. The new Formula One race series was dominated by European car makers, like Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Maserati. The designers of the Scarab dreamed it would compete amongst the European giants that dominated the racing world.

“The Scarab’s story is one of trial and tribulation, of scrappy drivers who challenged rivals — and themselves — on race courses from Riverside, Calif. to Silverstone, England,” said Ron Huegli, World of Speed’s curator. “Our Scarab exhibit is about an incredible year of racing. Visitors will love it!”

Angie Galimanis, World of Speed

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New Book Announcement:
Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions
Available in bulk purchases (10 or more) at $12/copy, shipping included

Motoring from coast to coast, the Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions features over 250 auto-themed sights. Ranging from the Stanley Museum in Maine to the California Automobile Museum, the book helps car buffs plan exciting adventures, or discover a fun car museum close to home.

Whether it’s Model Ts, the “tail fin” era, muscle cars, early racecars, and so much more, fans of classic cars will find all their favorites in one place in this extensive 340-page book filled with more than 60 photos.

The destinations vary from full-throttle car collections, like the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia and the Henry Ford Museum, to hidden treasures like Delaware’s Marshall Steam Museum and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Iowa.

This unique travel guide also includes intriguing automotive sights like:

  • The Dale Earnhardt Trail in “The Intimidator’s” North Carolina hometown,
  • Cadillac Ranch in Texas,
  • Carhenge in Nebraska, and many, many more.

Bring the Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions along on your next road trip to discover fascinating car museums and vintage car attractions across America.

Author Michael Milne writes about classic car museums and road trips for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hemmings Motor News, AAA, and other publications. He may be contacted by email at Michael@ChangesinLongitude.com.

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New Book Announcement: More Than Automobiles: The Packards of Warren, Ohio

The National Packard Museum proudly announces a new book for Packard enthusiasts, More Than Automobiles: The Packards of Warren, Ohio by A.J. Balfour. The book is available through the museum gift store online at www.packardmuseum.org for $34.95. All proceeds benefit the museum!

Stories about the Packards have been told many times throughout the years. Almost all of them have been related to the fine automobile that bears the Packard name. But the Packard family story is about much more than automobiles. It is of a close family of accomplishment, tragedy, business success, affluence and much more. More Than Automobiles: The Packards of Warren, Ohio focuses on the lives of Warren Packard and his five adult children, two generations from Warren, Ohio that contributed so much to their hometown and to America.

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NAAM E-NEWS – April 2016, Volume 18, Issue 2

April 19, 2016 in Newsletter

NAAM E-NEWS – April 2016, Volume 18, Issue 2

In This Issue

President’s Message

By: Terry Ernest

Is there a future for Auto Museums?

That was the question I was asked not long ago when I was called for an interview by an East Coast based magazine. At first I was quite taken aback. Of course there is a future for Auto Museums, in fact it seemed initially like a stupid question. But the reality is that sometimes you must ponder difficult questions, and it is reasonable to consider the future of auto museums (or any business) in general. We should also consider what is our particular museum’s motive to stay in business? Are we still “selling” what the public wants to buy? Are we relevant in today’s society? Are visitors still coming through the door?

I hope you nodded your head yes to all of those questions. All of NAAM’s member museums have a unique and compelling story to tell. Stories that need to be told. But beside telling your story, what are you doing to engage your visitors? Keeping visitors engaged and wanting to return is something that all successful museums must do. We all have concepts that work and some that don’t. Why not share your experiences with other NAAM museums. Have a great idea? Or maybe something that didn’t work out? Share it on the NAAM Forum at: www.naam.museum/forums/

Belonging to an association such as NAAM gives me an opportunity to talk to other museums and “pick their brains” about various topics. I had a discussion with a younger curator at a large museum recently about what young people want in their museum experience. I was thinking along the lines of more electronic displays and signage tags that they could scan with their ever-present phones. Things along those lines. The reality, he told me (and he was the age of the demographic we were discussing), was they wanted to see the actual artifact in person. They could certainly Google for whatever they were looking for and find out most, if not all, the information they wanted to know about the subject, but the part that was missing was something that their phone screen could not give them; the actual artifact in person. Their phone could not deliver the actual size, shape, color, or presence of the object. Another display that comes to mind is a hand cranked working cut-away Willys-Knight sleeve valve engine. The visitor can crank the engine to see how it functions and get a better understanding of how all the complex parts work together. And by turning it at their own speed it allows their mind to comprehend and readily understand better than a YouTube video could ever do.

So back to the original question, is there a future for auto museums?

Absolutely!

And by being a member of an organization like NAAM gives you a heads up on staying up with the ever changing world of museums. Utilize your membership in NAAM. Be active on the Forum. Ask question and answer the ones you can. Take a moment to chat with a colleague at another museum. It is amazing how these networking opportunities can pay off!

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MISSION STATEMENT

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.

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CURATORIAL NEWS

Aaron WarkentinFocusing Your Collection
By Aaron Warkentin

Consulting Curator for the Studebaker National Museum

Our museums have a purpose, that is to “collect, preserve and interpret.” I attribute that simple and succinct phrase to Leslie Kendall, Curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum. Those three words encompass a wide range of activities a museum performs. But what do these words mean for your institution? What are the mechanics behind this phrase?

In the first of my series of Curatorial Spotlights focusing on this phrase I will discuss collecting, because without a collection of objects, there is nothing to preserve or interpret.

Museums, by nature, are prone to hoarding, but we must temper that attitude. It is common for a museum to collect everything or anything that is even remotely related to its mission. But that creates a curatorial conundrum. These objects can create a backlog of registrar work stretching into years. The greater danger is losing focus of a museum’s unique story and mission. By creating and (sticking to!) a collections focus, your museum will use limited resources most efficiently. A specific collections focus lays the foundation for a coordinated interpretation plan that will tell your museum’s unique story.

Here is a real life example which many of my fellow curators will relate to. I once was a volunteer for a historical society. I was involved in auditing their collection that was on display. Once I came upon a corner of the museum that was overflowing with farming tools. I asked if they were significant to the local farming community. I was told there was no local connection – they were just old farming tools. “Bad museum!” is my internal rebuke, because that kind of collecting is neither helpful to the public or the institution. Those tools held no connection to the past of that community, they were not being used to illustrate a sector of the community’s life or economy, they had little to no interpretation and many were rusty and broken. Museums are NOT recycling or dumping grounds, yet we let ourselves be treated that way.

Be honest with a potential donor. You may only need a portion of what they are offering so tell them that is what you will accept. I once worked in a museum that had thirty boxes of magazines that were finally deaccessioned and designated for sale but no one wanted to take the time to deal with them so they consumed an entire closet that was needed for education materials. Of those thirty boxes only a slim eight or nine magazines were deemed appropriate for the archives. For all I know they are still in that closet to this day. So even when you decide to monetize duplicate materials, sorting through them still takes staff and volunteer time, so ask yourself if it is worth taking stuff you just do not need. Don’t ever take a donation you do not want because you believe or have been verbally promised a donation you do want – because you will never get it!

Create a collections focus and plan, in that order. What makes your museum unique, what local transportation history is there to tell? Once you identify the focus, create a plan: what do you need to fulfill your mission and collections focus? Create a wish list of autos and objects that you would love to acquire to help tell that story. Look carefully at your current collection and begin thinking seriously about finding new homes for items that are not contributing to your institution’s story and are taking up valuable museum real estate. Keep in mind it is our duty to care for the objects we take in – so be careful what you take! Don’t be that car museum which accepts the donation of a random car that has no purpose in telling your museum’s story. Because it will end up languishing in the corner of a gallery, or worse, the basement of the storage building. I will say more on that subject in my next article dealing with preservation.

I hope this article spurs discussion at our upcoming NAAM conference which is sure to be a thought-provoking event. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

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NEWS FROM MEMBER MUSEUMS

Forney MuseumForney Museum of Transportation, Denver, Colorado

Experience Transportation History!

The Forney Museum of Transportation is a one-of-a-kind collection of over 600 artifacts relating to historical transportation. It began 60 years ago with a single 1921 Kissel, but soon expanded to include vehicles of all kinds. Today it includes not just vehicles, but also buggies, motorcycles, steam locomotives, aircraft, carriages, rail equipment, fire apparatus, public transportation, sleighs, bicycles, toys & diecast models, vintage apparel and much, much more!

Our collection highlights include: Union Pacific ‘Big Boy’ Steam Locomotive #4005, Amelia Earhart’s 1923 Kissel ‘Gold Bug’,  Forney Locomotive, Colorado & Southern Caboose, 1923 Hispano-Suiza, 1913-53 Indian Motocycle Collection, Denver & Rio Grande Dining Car,  Stutz Fire Engine, 1888 Denver Cable Car, 1923 Case Steam Tractor, 1817 Draisenne Bicycle, 500 Piece Matchbox Collection, and more!

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Henry Ford Stamping Serial #1 on the first Model A

Henry Ford Stamping Serial #1 on the first Model A

Model A Ford Foundation, Nonantum, Massachusetts

The First Model A Ford

The Model A Ford Museum is proud to have on display the first of the more than five million Model A Fords produced.

As the long-awaited replacement for the Ford Model T automobile, the first Model A Ford rolled off the assembly line on October 20, 1927. This was only about 40 days prior to the official Model A introduction date of December 2, 1927. This car was a Tudor Sedan and has often been seen in Ford promotional photographs showing Henry Ford stamping serial number “1” on its engine block.

Henry presented this car to his best friend, Thomas A. Edison. When Henry later found out that Edison really preferred an open car, he had the Tudor Sedan body removed and replaced with a Phaeton body. This car, which has been slightly modified by Ford Motor Company factory personnel, is on loan from the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn Michigan. Among the more than 25 Model A Fords on display, the Model A Ford Museum is also proud to feature two additional very early Model A Fords – with serial numbers 495 and 1209.

The Edison Phaeton, the first Model A

The Edison Phaeton, the first Model A

The Model A Ford Museum is located on the campus of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. After many years of planning and fund-raising by the Model A Ford Foundation, Inc. (MAFFI), the long-awaited Museum was opened in May 2013.

The theme of the Museum is “A Stroll throughout the Model A Years.” The Museum exterior is a representation of a 1929 Ford dealership – complete with two tall Gulf gasoline pumps. The Museum interior was designed to display major historical, political and economic events that occurred during the tumultuous years of the Model A Ford. The vehicles used to carry out this theme begin with a Model T Ford and continue, in chronological order, with examples of the various Model A Ford body styles built between 1927 and 1931.

Visit the MAFFI website (www.maffi.org) for more information about MAFFI and the Model A Ford Museum.

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ChristineSan Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego, California

Star Cars

We are already pushing ahead with the next exhibit for the summer. Star Cars is already shaping up to be quite a winner! Pandora Paul, Director of Education, has managed to hunt down some spectacular vehicles from many different genres of film and television.

The star of the show will be an actual car (a 1958 red Plymouth Fury) used in the filming of Christine. Based on a book by Stephen King and directed by John Carpenter, Christine is the story of a car gone very, VERY bad!

We plan to have a screening of the film later in the summer. We will have a food truck in the parking lot that night so you can experience a unique version of dinner theatre at the museum. This exhibit will open June 4th.

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Becky BonhamStudebaker National Museum, South Bend, Indiana
Studebaker National Museum Announces the 2016 ”Champion”

The Studebaker National Museum proudly announces its 2016 “Champion” —  Rebecca J. Bonham. Mrs. Bonham will be honored at the Museum’s Fifteenth Annual Hall of Champions Dinner, on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the Museum.

The purpose of the Hall of Champions Dinner is to honor an outstanding individual and/or company that has contributed to the success of the Studebaker Corporation, the Studebaker National Museum, the transportation industry or the auto collector hobby in an extraordinary way. The Award may also honor a South Bend area pioneering business which exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit of the Studebaker family.

Under Becky’s leadership, the Museum secured funding to design and construct its new Chapin Street facility; she also successfully guided the Museum to become only the third automotive museum to achieve accreditation from the prestigious American Alliance of Museums. During her tenure, the Studebaker National Museum also secured a Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Parks Service to conserve its eight “National Treasures” which includes four Presidential carriages. In 2008, Becky worked with the Indiana Department of Transportation and the City of South Bend to convert the former “Jelly’s Bar” into the new Studebaker National Museum Archives building.

Becky has represented the Museum through several professional industry organizations, including the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum Store Association, the Society of Automotive Historians, as well as the National Association of Automobile Museums. She serves as a professional peer reviewer with the American Alliance of Museum’s accreditation program. She received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Service, was the recipient of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Athena Award, The Studebaker National Museum is honored to induct Mrs. Rebecca J. Bonham into the 2016 Hall of Champions.

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OTHER NEWS

Call for Proposals

Putting Preservation on the Road: Protecting Our Overlooked Automotive Heritage in the Twenty-first Century
Date: October 20-22, 2016
Location: Historic Vehicle Association Research Laboratory, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
www.historicvehicle.org/putting-preservation-on-the-road/

The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) and the Historic Preservation & Community Planning Program at the College of Charleston are pleased to announce the following call for papers for an international conference on the preservation of automotive heritage.

For much of the twentieth century heritage preservation primarily focused on sedentary objects (i.e., 1906 Antiquities Act in the United States, 1919 Historic Sites and Monuments Board in Canada, etc.). While some countries have studied and documented vehicles for preservation and/or conservation, their official recognition as landmarks or on registers of official distinction has largely been overlooked. This is most apparent within the field of automotive heritage. For example, within the United States there are over 90,000 separate listings for buildings, sites, structures, districts, and other objects on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Vehicles on the NRHP include historic ships, railroad locomotives and streetcars, equipment related to the space age, and so forth – but not a single automobile or similar vehicle related to this form of transportation. This is also the case for the approximate 12,500 sites on the Canadian Register of Historic Places. Individual automotive vehicles by themselves are not listed as contributing elements – just the stationary buildings and sites. Considering that there is a precedent for both, such as moving ships and trains as well as stationary buildings and places on automotive heritage, the question becomes “why not automobiles?”Hence the newly-created National Historic Vehicle Register (NHVR), which can be used as a tool to carefully and accurately document the most historically significant automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, and commercial vehicles, as well as recognize the dynamic relationship between people, culture, and their means of transportation.The NHVR was developed by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior in March 2013 to explore how vehicles important to American and automotive history could be effectively documented. Using Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) standards, this project is the first of its type to create a permanent archive of significant historic automobiles within the Library of Congress (see historicvehicle.org/national-historic-vehicle-register/).

The issue of overlooking historic vehicle preservation becomes further exasperated when we consider that none of the accredited programs in historic preservation and heritage conservation (more than sixty with the National Council of Preservation Education, a dozen with the National Roundtable of Heritage Education, among others in various countries) offer permanent coursework on the subject, let alone any other form of training or directed study. This is significant when we consider how much of our global economy, landscape, built environment, culture, and way of life across the world has been affected by the automobile. The NHVR is an important starting point in our efforts to study the role of automobiles in the formation of our cultural landscapes, but there is much work that must follow. Automobiles have been designed no less than buildings or furniture to engage with broader cultural phenomena, to answer – and indeed to inspire – human needs and desires that are inseparably intertwined with time and place. Furthermore, cars have been interpreted and re-interpreted by human beings in complex ways that often go beyond the intentions of their designers; they are cultural products not only of broad and powerful impact, but also of great complexity, and as such they must be contextualized in historical research if they are to be understood. Just because automobiles move should not be the disqualifying reason for not studying them. Indeed, we have lost much of our automotive heritage due to this lack of awareness, especially when considering that in the United States alone, prior to 1930, there were over 2,600 different automotive manufacturers. Today we are left primarily with the “Big Three” and a handful of minor manufactures. Not all pre-1930 companies were based in traditional places of manufacture Michigan, Bavaria (Germany), or Turin (Italy). For instance, South Carolina had its own independent companies, such as Anderson, during the 1910s and 1920s. Other countries too, whom we don’t normally think of as having their own homegrown auto industry, at one time did. Among these are the nearly forgotten Canadian manufactures Derby, Gray-Dort Motors, and Russell Motor Car Company. This local and regional heritage has largely been forgotten.

Suggested presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies of regional and local automotive culture and heritage, including those viewed through the lens of ethnic/regional studies (American studies, Women’s studies, material culture studies, studies of nomadic peoples, etc.)
  • Considering if there is a world automotive heritage, whether UNESCO or ICOMOS should be encouraged to get involved, and the role of FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) as part of this.
  • Innovative ways to add the preservation of automotive heritage to the educational curriculum within colleges/universities, high schools, and technology schools.
  • Make better known the NHVR as an appropriate alternative to the NRHP for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles: If “this place matters”, then by extension, there is the argument that “this car matters” too.
  • Using HAER/HABS techniques for studying and documenting historic vehicles, as well as exploring innovative techniques and tools through the use of new technologies
  • Reevaluating listed historic places and sites, as well as considering new places where buildings and landscapes (etc.) are tied with vehicles and people, in a more comprehensive designation that ties together the NHVR and NRHP, where both building/structure and car/vehicle elements are equally contributing.
  • Case studies of best practices related to preservation, conservation, restoration, adaptive reuse, and reconstruction of automobiles and associated material culture.
  • Recognizing important designers of automobiles in the same manner as architects.
  • Vernacular automotive design and use vs. haute design and auto racing preservation, in order to better understand the cultural meaning of vehicles for ordinary people in their everyday lives.
  • The approaches of allied fields in the preservation of automotive heritage, such as public history, archaeology, museum studies, cultural resource management, design/architectural history, etc.
  • Automobility and the environment, such as the rehabilitation of historic automobiles, and its relationships with energy efficiency, embodied energy and so forth in transportation (“is the greenest car one that has already been built?”)
  • Establishing standards for the proper treatment of historic vehicles so as to define what is appropriate preservation, rehabilitation and restoration. This can include the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, as well as the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation in Canada, among others, as well as qualification standards for the people who work on them. The Turin Charter (2012) can serve as a template for such standards in a similar way to the Athens (1933) and Venice (1964) charters do for buildings.
  • Preserving historic vehicle trades, maintenance and materials to prevent them from becoming a dying vocation through the preservation of automobiles in a manner similar to building trades professions. The way we once built and maintained cars is a fading practice, akin to traditional building trades (carpentry, plastering, etc.), especially when you consider that it is now standard for cars to no longer have an oil dipstick, let alone other DIY maintenance accessories.
  • Analyzing the contributions of automotive preservation heritage events, auto shows, museums, etc. to the economy and tourism – information that is not always fully included in Main Street programs and other economic development initiatives related to preservation planning.

The program committee invites proposals from people of all backgrounds and professions to participate – from senior professionals to students with innovative ideas –for the following:

1. Paper Session: We prefer to receive proposals for complete three to four paper sessions but will consider individual presentations as well. You are welcome to include a chair and/or moderator or the conference committee will appoint a chair. The entire panel presentation should span no more than 60 minutes.

2. Individual Papers: If accepted, we will place your individual presentation on a panel or roundtable selected by the committee.Paper presentations should span no more than 20 minutes.

3. Roundtables: Discussions facilitated by a moderator with three to five participants about a historical or professional topic or issue. Roundtables should span no more than 60 minutes.

4. Workshops/Demonstrations: Interactive presentations led by facilitators to encourage learning about a professional topic or issue. Workshops/demonstrations should span no more than 60 minutes.

5. Posters/Short Film: Interactive presentations produced and facilitated to encourage learning about a professional topic or issue. Poster presentations and short films should span no more than 10 minutes.

Please submit proposals of no more than 500 words and a brief CV/resume (two pages maximum) in a PDF or MS Word format to Barry L. Stiefel at stiefelb@cofc.edu. Deadline for proposals is May 15, 2016. Proposals should include the name(s) of presenters, affiliation/position and contact information. While the Historic Vehicle Association and the College of Charleston are based in the United States, and has influenced our worldview, we desire this to be an international conference and encourage the participation of others from elsewhere. The official language of the conference will be English, though presentations may be conducted in other languages. For people who desire to present in a language other than English,abstracts should be sent in the vernacular of the presenter as well as English to ensure the review committee can adequately evaluate. Decisions on proposals for the conference will be made by June 1, 2016.

From the conference we anticipate publishing an edited volume of scholarship with a distinguished press or journal.

For participants traveling more than 100 miles to Allentown, Pennsylvania (50 miles for students),assistance with travel and accommodations for the conferencewill be considered. Please provide a budget of what you need assistance within your proposal, as well as what other resources from which you anticipate receiving support. A registration fee will be required for the conference (likely around US$25 as part of the RSVP system), which will come with a one-year membership with the HVA.

Conference Organizers: Barry L. Stiefel, Assistant Professor, College of Charleston, stiefelb@cofc.edu

Mark Gessler, President, Historic Vehicle Association

Academic Committee:

Casey Maxon, Historic Vehicle Association

Nathaniel Walker, College of Charleston

Amalia Leifeste, Clemson University

Nancy Bryk, Eastern Michigan University

Jeremy Wells, Roger Williams University

Amanda Gutierez, McPherson College

Richard O’Connor, Chief for Heritage Documentation Programs, Dept. of Interior

Alex Gares, Canadian Automotive Museum

The Historic Vehicle Association and the College of Charleston also seek to encourage the support of historical/heritage and education-related institutions and organizations on the topic of automotive heritage preservation. Kindly contact Barry L. Stiefel at stiefelb@cofc.edu if you should be interested in showing your support, which will be recognized in the conference program and other materials, as appropriate.

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NAAM E-NEWS – February 2016, Volume 18, Issue 1

February 18, 2016 in Newsletter

NAAM E-NEWS – February 2016, Volume 18, Issue 1

In This Issue

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President’s Message

By: Terry Ernest

Occasionally a change in the Federal Tax Code can be a wonderful opportunity for our non-profit museums. One such change occurred last year when Congress passed the PATH Act, an omnibus bill that kept the government from shutting down, in December 2015. This bill contains a permanent extension of the IRA rollover, which is great news for charitably minded people in our museum community.

An IRA rollover gift is a tax-exempt distribution made directly from your IRA to your charity of choice. Qualifying individuals can make charitable gifts using pre-tax IRA assets rather than taking a distribution, paying income taxes and using after-tax assets to make a charitable gift. The gift can be up to $100,000 and does not show up on your tax return as income, which can avoid other tax consequences for higher income donors and also benefits lower income individuals who use the standard deduction because they don’t have enough itemized deductions.

In order to qualify for the IRA rollover, you must be 70 1/2 or older. It is a great way for you to make a gift to support the causes you care about, and this gift can be used to meet your required minimum distribution (RMD).

This provision can truly enable generous individuals to make the gift of a lifetime. It is estimated that Americans have $5.3 trillion currently invested in IRAs. Thanks to decades of deliberate saving, some of today’s retirees have more money in their IRAs than they need for daily living expenses and long-term care. And when these assets are passed on to their children they will be taxed at an ordinary income rates. Now charitable individuals and couples can make generous gifts to their favorite charities directly from their IRA tax free in 2016 and for the foreseeable future.

Please note: I am not a tax advisor, CPA or an attorney. I am simply bringing this up as a conversation starter within your organization. Please have a discussion with a professional in this field to see how this could affect your museum.

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MISSION STATEMENT

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.

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2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

What’s Trending: The New and the Next for Museums

Best practices and new opportunities are always evolving in the museum field, making it challenging to keep up. Trends in corporate partnerships, working with non-profit boards, interpretation, advocacy, and social media can offer new opportunities for museum staff and volunteers. How do we fold them into our work? In an age where relevance is mandatory, museums need to be nimble enough to respond to trends that will connect them with new audiences, and leverage their programs and unique collections to maximize engagement. Participate in the 2016 NAAM Conference to network with your peers and help shape the future of our museums.

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Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 5, 2016

The early bird conference registration fee for NAAM members is $300. When and Where: The 2016 Annual Conference will be hosted by the Seal Cove Auto Museum and Owl’s Head Transportation Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, May 3-6, 2016. The conference starts on Tuesday, the 3rd, with a Welcome Reception at the Atlantic Oceanside Event Center from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and concludes on Friday night, the 6th, with the closing banquet and NAAMY Awards Ceremony. The conference features excellent sessions and tours.  It will be a great professional development and networking opportunity. Please see the conference schedule and registration form.

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Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Events Center

A Hotel Room Block is reserved for the conference. The room block expires on April 2, 2016, but make reservations early since rooms are in demand during this period. The room block dates begin on Monday, May 2, 2016, to accommodate our attendees traveling from the west. Also, the hotel is extending the conference room rate for three days before and after the block for anyone who would like to visit the area.

Hotel Room Block Info:

Group Number: NAAM050316; Room Rate: $99 (plus 8% room tax)
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center, 119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Reservation Office: (800) 336-2463, Hotel: (207) 288-5801

Room Guarantee: Room deposits (one night’s room rate) are due at the time the reservation is made. Deposits are refundable, less a $20 administrative fee, 7 or more days prior to arrival date. Cancellations with 6 days prior to arrival are subject to a fee equal to one night’s lodging.

Additional Information

Transportation:
The closet local airport is the “Bar Harbor Airport” located just off the island in Trenton, 12 miles from Bar Harbor. The closest international airport is in Bangor, 50 miles from Bar Harbor. There are no regional bus routes that go to Bar Harbor, but the Bar Harbor Shuttle (www.barharborbangorshuttle.com) and Downeast Transportation (www.downeasttrans.org) provide service between Bangor and Bar Harbor. Local taxi services are available in Bar Harbor.

Weather: Average lows in Bar Harbor in May run in the mid-forties, with average highs in the mid-sixties. But there’s a saying in New England, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute!” Weather in early May in Maine can vary widely, from below-freezing nights to glorious spring-like days, so be prepared for anything!

Conference Dress: Attire for the duration of the conference is business casual, including the concluding banquet and awards ceremony.

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About Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor, Maine is the best known town on Mount Desert Island (MDI) with an approximate population of 5,235 residents. Included within the municipality are the villages of Bar Harbor, Hulls Cove, Salisbury Cove, and Town Hill. The main draw is nearby Acadia National Park, one of the most popular, yet smallest, National Parks in the system. Acadia boasts the tallest peak on the east coast, over 120 miles of trails, and a 44-mile carriage road system, closed to motorized traffic. But it’s the unique combination of lakes, mountains, and the rocky coastline of Maine that leave visitors to the Park breathless with wonder.

Some of the earliest tourists to the region were the “Rusticators”, the summer visitors of the early 1900s who fled to the “rustic” island from their luxurious homes in such cities as Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, to escape the heat and crowds. If the island served as a playground for these elite visitors, it also served as inspiration for many artists who also flocked to the island, particularly painters of the Hudson River School, like Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, glorifying MDI with their brushstrokes, and further encouraging others to visit the area.

Today Bar Harbor is more than a tourist destination. It is also an important research & education town, as the home to the Jackson Laboratories, the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories, as well as College of the Atlantic.

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Intersted in hosting a NAAM Conference?
Contact Wendell Strode
270-467-8814 strode@corvettemuseum.org

2016 NAAMY AWARDS COMPETITION

Deadline: March 4, 2016

Be sure to complete your entries for the NAAMY Award Competition by March 4, 2016. The process is simple, plus you can enter as many categories as you like and you many submit more than one entry in a category. Please see the attached NAAMY Awards Call for Entries brochure or access the brochure on the NAAM website (www.naam.museum) under “About NAAM.”

Every one of our NAAM member museums is asked to enter to gain important recognition for your museum, which is a primary benefit of earning a NAAMY award. NAAMY’s increase your museum’s prestige not only with your Board and your members, but in your community. Also, they are a point of interest with donors and when applying for grants.

It’s the perfect, “positive” project to start off your year! Our new “Call for Entries” brochure and application were distributed via email to all NAAM members and is available on the NAAM website.

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APPLY FOR A 2016 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: April 4, 2016

Apply Now: Each year NAAM offers scholarships to the Annual Conference to help members grow professionally through informative sessions and networking opportunities. The scholarship program is designed for museums with limited financial resources (annual budgets less than $500,000) to pay for their staff to attend the conference.

When: You can apply anytime and we encourage you to do so to take advantage of this great benefit. The deadline is April 4, 2016.

How: Please visit the NAAM website for scholarship criteria, guidelines and the online application (select Conferences, then Conference Scholarships.)

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CURATORIAL NEWS

Derek MooreA Younger Generation in a New Year… Is it Possible?
By Derek Moore
Crawford Curator of Transportation
Cleveland History Center

Museums are facing a big problem, low attendance. Why? Because it seems that younger generations are starting to think that museums are old, dusty, and stodgy, and they feel they can’t relate. But is this really the case? Unfortunately, it is. Sorry, but I am the hard facts kind of guy and, yes, I am going to throw it in all of our faces. But fear not, here are some thoughts I have on why we might have these problems, and some thoughts on how we might be able to address the situation.

Thought Number One:

Most of our museums have vehicles that most people can’t relate to. Is it interesting to see a 1905 Peerless in the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum…to some, yes, to others, no. Does that Peerless fit our mission at The Crawford? Yes, so it is good to have it in the collection, but not everyone wants to see it. Where am I going with this? Well, we need to get creative and bring our collections in to the modern day, while still sticking to our mission. What do the youth of America connect with and how does that work with our mission? Let’s get creative!

But, what is creative? Well, here at The Crawford, I have started brainstorming a list of more modern vehicles for the collection. One of the cars that made its way onto that list is a Chevrolet Volt, of which I have already discussed with a local owner the possible donation of one. Now a Volt is not a classic car and it’s no antique car, heck it wasn’t even built in Cleveland, but it is technologically significant (part of The Crawford’s mission) and the “green technology’ movement is something the younger generation relates to. Maybe even more creative than a Volt might be a Dodge Ram pickup? Well, while I was at Henry Ford Museum a 1998 Dodge Ram quad cab pickup was acquired for the collection. It is in the collection to discuss the changing idea of a pickup truck from a work vehicle to a family vehicle, which has happened recently enough that younger visitors can connect to that story. You can see both of these vehicles I just mentioned in most parking lots in America, but unless we bring these vehicles into our museums and relate their stories to the younger generations in a way they understand, we will always be a stodgy, old museum.

So, get creative, start thinking about vehicles and artifacts from the modern day that can bring your collection into the 21st century and relate to the visitors of today while still fulfilling your mission. Sometimes it is difficult to think about change, but it has to happen to survive.

Thought Number Two:

Now this is where I get a little crazy, maybe even out of hand, and I am sure I will hear about it, but it has to be said… We need to bring the younger generation into the field and we need to listen to their ideas. I personally feel like I am in a weird position because I no longer look at myself as the “younger generation” in the field, but I am one of the youngest transportation curators in this country. Now, I am not here to say that those of us that are already in the field are washed up and have no good ideas, but I know that I am already out of touch with what people 10 years younger than I am are interested in… I hope that doesn’t mean I’m washed up!

I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented staff here in Cleveland that are much younger than I am, and some of them have had really great ideas, others, no so much. But, one thing I have personally been irritated by in my short time in the field (and maybe after this article, very short time in the field) are phrases like, “We’ve already tried that” or “It doesn’t work that way.” Maybe the idea that younger staff member has is the same as one that has been tried before and didn’t work, but maybe, just maybe, they have a different approach to that idea that will work. A different approach that might just relate to the generation that staff member belongs to. Give it a shot; we are all looking for ways to bring more visitors to our museums, aren’t we? It might just work!

Hire some younger staff, encourage their creative ideas to bring visitors of younger generations in the doors, teach them museum professionalism, invest in them and hold on to them. They are the future of our museums and without them, museums won’t have a future.

Complaint letters, emails, and phone calls can be directed to:

Derek E. Moore
Crawford Curator of Transportation
Cleveland History Center
10825 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
DMoore@WRHS.org
216-721-5722 x1511

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NEWS FROM MEMBER MUSEUMS

Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan

Will observe its second annual homecoming on August 12-14, 2016 at the museum, which is located on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum campus. The museum was created through a collaboration between the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation and the four major Lincoln car clubs: Lincoln Owners Club, Lincoln Continental Owners Club, Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club and Road Race Lincoln Registry. The latter is serving as host of the 2016 event.  All Lincolns are welcomed at the annual homecomings.

The weekend events include a barbecue, motoring trip to the W. K. Kellogg Manor House and Kellogg Wildlife Sanctuary, gala dinner, and, of course, a car show. Complete weekend details and registration forms are available on the museum’s web site: www.lincolncarmuseum.org

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San Deigo MuseumSan Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego, California
The British Invasion

The San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park is proud to announce the opening of its new exhibit The British Invasion. The exhibit will run until May 31, 2016. This exhibit highlights British automotive manufacturing since the 1930’s. The exhibit is enhanced with the cultural impact the British have also had on our fashion, music, and literature (the Beatles, Harry Potter, Twiggy, Downton Abbey, etc.)

This exhibit features a 1933 Austin Seven, 1937 MG VA Tourer, 1939 Lagonda

V12, 1948 Bentley (prototype), 1950 Jaguar Mark V Saloon, 1951 Jowett Jupiter (pictured), 1953 Jaguar XK 120, 1955 Triumph TR2, 1958 Austin A35, 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S, 1967 Austin London Cab FX4, 1967 Rolls Royce Phantom V, 1969 Jaguar E Type OTS, 1970 Morgan 4/4 1600, 1971 Jenson Interceptor, 1972 TVR Vixen, and a 2005 Aston Martin. The London taxi was owned and driven by Frank Sinatra. The Rolls Royce Phantom was used by Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace of Monaco, and several American astronauts.

The museum’s annual fundraiser is centered around this exhibit. That event will happen Saturday, March 12th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Call 619-398-0301 for information or tickets.

Regular hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (the last admission at 4:30 PM) The museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission prices are as follows: $9.00 for adults, $6 for seniors (65 and over), $5 students with ID, $4 children ages 6 – 15. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free of charge. The museum is free to all San Diego County residents and military with ID on the 4th Tuesday of each month. A small $2 fee is charged on some exhibits during Free Tuesday throughout the year.

The museum is located at 2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. Phone 619-231-2886. Website is www.sdautomuseum.org.

The San Diego Automotive Museum receives funding from the City of San Diego through the Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego’s Community Enhancement Program.

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New Executive DirectorStudebaker National Museum, South Bend, Indiana

STUDEBAKER NATIONAL MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PATRICK SLEBONICK

Studebaker National Museum Board of Trustees President, Michael Kendzicky, announces the hiring of Patrick Slebonick as Executive Director, of the Studebaker National Museum, effective February 1, 2016.

Prior to joining the Studebaker National Museum, Mr. Slebonick served as Associate Director at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Virginia. In that role he oversaw development, marketing, volunteer engagement, and outreach efforts for the Museum. He also served as project manager for numerous award-winning publications produced by the Muscarelle. Prior to becoming Associate Director at the Muscarelle Museums, Mr. Slebonick served as Manager of Institutional Advancement as well as Education and Media Specialist for the same institution.

Patrick Slebonick received his B.A. in Government followed by his M.Ed. with a concentration in the Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia. Mr. Slebonick then completed his JD from the William & Mary School of Law where he received the Mary Siegrist Hinz Fellowship before passing the Virginia Bar.

Mr. Slebonick also served as Program Director for the William & Mary School of Law Chapter of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. The program provided local high school students with engaging Constitutional Law lessons focused on the Bill of Rights. Patrick also held the position of Adjunct Professor of Law at William & Mary.

Current Board of Trustees President, Michael Kendzicky said, “Pat’s fresh perspective, museum experience, and enthusiasm, will help the Museum make a successful transition to a new leader.”

The Studebaker National Museum is located at 201 So. Chapin St., just west of downtown South Bend.  It is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm, and Sun. Noon–5pm.   Admission is $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors over 60, and $5 for youth ages 6-18.  For more information, please call the Museum at (574) 235-9714 or toll free at (888) 391-5600 or visit our website at www.studebakermuseum.org. For an additional cost, visitors may tour the exhibits and Oliver Mansion at The History Museum, which adjoins the Studebaker National Museum.

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OTHER NEWS

World ForumWorld Forum for Motor Museums
September 12th to 16th, 2016

In September 2016 the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM (Germany) will host the 13th World Forum for Motor Museums. There will be workshops, interesting papers and exchange of ideas. Trips to other museums (Mercedes-Benz & Porsche) and heritage locations are planned. More information: www.technik-museum.de/world-forum

Auto Literature, Toys

I have a collection car advertising brochures, mostly from the 1960s. I am willing to donate them to any museum that may want them. I also have some metal Dinky toy cars to donate. David McCoy, dmccoychicago@gmail.com

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NAAM E-NEWS – December 2015, Volume 17, Issue 4

December 15, 2015 in Newsletter

NAAM E-NEWS – December 2015, Volume 17, Issue 4

In This Issue

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President’s Message

By: Terry Ernest

Are You Getting Value for your NAAM Membership?

Membership Benefits

Listing on the NAAM Website with a Link to Your Website
Museums, which are members of NAAM, are invited to be listed on the NAAM site, which provides direct access to other member websites.

NAAM Forum
A password protected area for members to discuss and share concepts and ideas.

Quarterly Newsletter
This publication provides up-to-date information about what’s happening in the auto museum field.

Annual Conferences
NAAM annual conferences provide museum professionals with information and guidance in museum operations, networking opportunities, and stimulate an ongoing interest in automotive history. Conference fees are discounted for members.

“NAAMY Awards” of Excellence
NAAMYs are awarded annually at the NAAM Conference and further promote professionalism in automotive museum management and promotion. The awards are designed to recognize automotive/transportation museum leaders for achievement, professionalism and creativity. Categories include Collateral Materials, Newsletters and Magazines, Books and Exhibit Catalogs, Web Designs, Films and Videos, Interpretive Exhibits, Educational Programs, and Events and Public Promotions. Entry fees are waived for NAAM members.

Membership Directory
A membership directory is provided to members upon request.

All of the above reasons to be a member of NAAM are important. But I personally consider one of the most important reasons to be a member are the networking opportunities.

When I first joined NAAM, I noted the friendliness and professionalism of the members, and by attending annual meetings, I developed contacts with other museums that became valuable.

If you want to make your membership in NAAM more valuable, plan on attending our next conference in Bar Harbor, Maine, May 3 – 6 2016. Check the NAAM website under “conferences” for more information.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome one of NAAM’s newest members, the Tbilisi Auto Museum in the Republic of Georgia (in the former Soviet Union). Their director, Ramaz Aivazashvili, contacted me a few months ago via the NAAM website to ask about becoming a member. A recent email from Ramaz, expresses why he is excited to be a new NAAM member: “First of all I want to thank you for so much attention to me and to my museum, this means a lot for me, as I am new in this field and try to move my museum forward.

Listing on the NAAM website with Link to our museum was (a) great success for us. When I saw our museum’s Link on NAAM website I started calling everyone I know, and told (them) that Tbilisi Automuseum (has) become a member of NAAM!

I also use my username and password to log in on (the) NAAM website. (NAAM administrative assistant Lisa Panko really helped me with that and thank-you also for that).

As my country is developing, and new fields of social interest are created here, there are not so many ways to interact with newly created businesses, that is why NAAM means a lot for me as director of Tbilisi Automuseum.

I realize the meaning of (the) NAAM annual conference and when I heard about that, the hope was born that finally I’ll be able to meet heads of successful auto museums and hear about their success and how they achieved that, what’s the right way to move and the right steps to make. Despite, it will be hard but not impossible for me to attend NAAM annual conference in May 3 – 6 2016 in Bar Harbor, Maine, I should do it, because, that will be a key event for success of Tbilisi Automuseum. As (the) USA and (the) Republic of Georgia have a friendly relationship between each other, our businessmen and public figures often visit USA to be shared with experience, that’s why I think that visiting Maine in May will not be very hard for me.”

Thank you for your kind comments Ramaz, and welcome aboard!
If I may be of service to our membership, please contact me.

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MISSION STATEMENT

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.

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2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

What’s Trending: The New and the Next for Museums

Best practices and new opportunities are always evolving in the museum field, making it challenging to keep up. Trends in corporate partnerships, working with non-profit boards, interpretation, advocacy, and social media can offer new opportunities for museum staff and volunteers. How do we fold them into our work? In an age where relevance is mandatory, museums need to be nimble enough to respond to trends that will connect them with new audiences, and leverage their programs and unique collections to maximize engagement. Participate in the 2016 NAAM Conference to network with your peers and help shape the future of our museums.

About Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor, Maine is the best known town on Mount Desert Island (MDI) with an approximate population of 5,235 residents. Included within the municipality are the villages of Bar Harbor, Hulls Cove, Salisbury Cove, and Town Hill. The main draw is nearby Acadia National Park, one of the most popular, yet smallest, National Parks in the system. Acadia boasts the tallest peak on the east coast, over 120 miles of trails, and a 44-mile carriage road system, closed to motorized traffic. But it’s the unique combination of lakes, mountains, and the rocky coastline of Maine that leave visitors to the Park breathless with wonder.

Some of the earliest tourists to the region were the “Rusticators”, the summer visitors of the early 1900s who fled to the “rustic” island from their luxurious homes in such cities as Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, to escape the heat and crowds. If the island served as a playground for these elite visitors, it also served as inspiration for many artists who also flocked to the island, particularly painters of the Hudson River School, like Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, glorifying MDI with their brushstrokes, and further encouraging others to visit the area.

Today Bar Harbor is more than a tourist destination. It is also an important research & education town, as the home to the Jackson Laboratories, the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories, as well as College of the Atlantic.

Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Events Center

A Hotel Room Block is reserved for the conference. The room block expires on April 2, 2016, but make reservations early since rooms are in demand during this period. The room block dates begin on Monday, May 2, 2016, to accommodate our attendees traveling from the west. Also, the hotel is extending the conference room rate for three days before and after the block for anyone who would like to visit the area.

Hotel Room Block Info:
Group Number: NAAM050316; Room Rate: $99 (plus 8% room tax)
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center, 119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Reservation Office: (800) 336-2463, Hotel: (207) 288-5801

Room Guarantee: Room deposits (one night’s room rate) are due at the time the reservation is made. Deposits are refundable, less a $20 administrative fee, 7 or more days prior to arrival date. Cancellations with 6 days prior to arrival are subject to a fee equal to one night’s lodging.

Additional Information

Transportation:
The closet local airport is the “Bar Harbor Airport” located just off the island in Trenton, 12 miles from Bar Harbor. The closest international airport is in Bangor, 50 miles from Bar Harbor. There are no regional bus routes that go to Bar Harbor, but the Bar Harbor Shuttle (www.barharborbangorshuttle.com) and Downeast Transportation (www.downeasttrans.org) provide service between Bangor and Bar Harbor. Local taxi services are available in Bar Harbor.

Weather: Average lows in Bar Harbor in May run in the mid-forties, with average highs in the mid-sixties. But there’s a saying in New England, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute!” Weather in early May in Maine can vary widely, from below-freezing nights to glorious spring-like days, so be prepared for anything!

Conference Dress: Attire for the duration of the conference is business casual, including the concluding banquet and awards ceremony.

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2016 NAAMY AWARDS COMPETITION

Deadline: March 4, 2016

It time to start compiling your entries for the NAAMY Awards Competition. The deadline is March 4, 2016, so there is plenty of time to get your “winning” entries in the mail. The process is simple, plus you can enter as many categories as you like and you many submit more than one entry in a category. Please see the attached NAAMY Awards Call for Entries brochure or access the brochure on the NAAM website (www.naam.museum) under “About NAAM.”

Every one of our NAAM member museums is asked to enter to gain important recognition for your museum, which is a primary benefit of earning a NAAMY award. NAAMY’s increase your museum’s prestige not only with your Board and your members, but in your community. Also, they are a point of interest with donors and when applying for grants.

It’s the perfect, “positive” project to start off your year! Our new “Call for Entries” brochure and application were distributed via email to all NAAM members and is available on the NAAM website.

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APPLY FOR A 2016 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: April 4, 2016

Apply Now: Each year NAAM offers scholarships to the Annual Conference to help members grow professionally through informative sessions and networking opportunities. The scholarship program is designed for museums with limited financial resources (annual budgets less than $500,000) to pay for their staff to attend the conference.

When: You can apply anytime and we encourage you to do so to take advantage of this great benefit. The deadline is April 4, 2016.

How: Please visit the NAAM website for scholarship criteria, guidelines and the online application (select Conferences, then Conference Scholarships.)

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CURATORIAL NEWS

Experimentation
Carly Starr
Curator of the California Automobile Museum

My favorite part of my job is creating the rotating exhibits. It is the most creative part of my job, I get to dive deep into automotive topics, and I am rewarded by hearing from new and different visitors with each exhibit. Not to say they don’t cause me a large amount of stress, but they are worth it, partly because rotating exhibits also give me an opportunity to experiment.

The California Automobile Museum is an active museum with a relatively small staff to organize everything, forcing all staff to be multi-faceted. This also means that our budget can be stretched thin. For example, until very recently, we did not have a development director, and saying that I am not very good at finding sponsors for my exhibits would not be inaccurate. However, despite (or maybe because of) these tight conditions, new ideas thrive when designing exhibits. Maybe it means writing object labels on the wall with paint pens. Maybe it means going without chains around the cars for the first time in our Museum. Maybe it means crowd sourcing stories before the exhibit even opens. There are many ways that myself and other staff have had to get creative in order to cultivate the best experience possible for our visitors.

We just recently opened a rotating exhibit on vintage travel trailers. While planning and building this exhibit, I was also taking part in a pilot program of learning collaboratives with the California Association of Museums. My topic is accessibility. While this included ADA standards and various disabilities and learning styles, we are also addressing issues such as cultural, language, education, and personal preferences. I could not help but be immersed in thinking about accessibility while building the trailer exhibit. I am not sure I succeeded to the extent that I would like to, but this has been yet another learning experience for me to build upon when designing future experiments for the Museum.

Everyone knows that you can’t please everyone, and, to me, this also translates to that you can’t be welcoming to everyone. What may be the most exciting thing for one person is also the most offensive thing for another. And this is not just for controversial topics such like religion or politics. It could simply be that I am only creating an exhibit for a narrow group of people. Sure, we all like to find ways to bring in the young visitors and the stereotypical wife that is dragged along by her husband. But what about everyone else? Finding the balance to create exhibits that are welcoming to as many people as possible – and the audience we are aiming to grow – will continue to be challenge as the Museum continues to grow.

For this most recent exhibit, vintage trailers from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s primarily speak to people with a sense of reverence or nostalgia for the American past. Yes, we have brought in many millennial and women who are excited to see this exhibit featuring a topic that is quite trendy right now. But do my foreign visitors understand? For Americans whose parents or grandparents were not middle or upper class, or even living in this country, do they enjoy this exhibit?

The volunteers working on this project and I did our best to write storyboards and placards to explain the trailer phenomenon as best as possible. I built multiple interactive to incorporate various types of interests in the exhibit. However, we do not have anything translated into other languages. Anything tactile is limited to a hands-on game because we understandably worry about damage and objects being stolen. Our exhibits committee can “sacrifice” a couple of the museum-owned cars as educational objects for visitors to sit in, but we cannot do that with privately-owned trailers. Overall, I feel as though this exhibit has been a achievement and we can be proud of it because it does excite that nostalgia in visitors while also addressing a major part of American automotive history, but I also feel as though there is more we can do for all of our visitors.

I am sure this is something that every museum deals with. Hopefully, it is something that every museum is looking to improve. And with each experimentation we act on, we take one step further to finding ways to be as welcoming to as many people as possible.

Some of those experiments I mentioned earlier are ones that I found extremely successful. Writing labels on the wall somehow made the material less intimidating and more fun; it was as if we were casually allowing visitors to see what car that hubcap goes to, no big deal. Going without chains was a huge success: visitors CAN be trusted! They also were able to look up close at the cars and left less of a need to open doors or other things than can happen. And finally, the stories people submitted before and during the Mustang v. Camaro exhibit this last summer was probably my favorite. At first, they came in quite slowly and I was worried, but the variety of hundreds of responses we received over the three months was more rewarding than anything I had experienced before.

In the end, keep experimenting. Keep finding ways to welcome people into the museum. The successes will be worth the failures.

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NEWS FROM MEMBER MUSEUMS

Gilmore Car Museum – Hickory Corners, Michigan
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Celebrate the Gilmore Car Museum’s 50th Anniversary with the all-new exhibit, “The Gilmore Collection: Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future,” featuring cars from the Gilmore’s original collection and special artifacts from the Museum’s 50 year history.

Stay tuned for more details on this special collection and other upcoming exhibits, opening in December and January!

Lecture Series Begins Sunday, January 10th!
The 3rd annual Winter Lecture Series at the Gilmore Car Museum will kick off on Sunday, January 10th as we begin by celebrating the past with a look back at the last 50 years at the Gilmore Car Museum!

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OTHER NEWS

41 OLD HUBCAPS BECOMES INTERNATIONAL ART INITIATIVE
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Wilkes-Barre, PA (October 28, 2015) – In 2008, Ken Marquis, a Pennsylvania picture framer, had an epiphany while milling around an automobile show.

“I started rushing up and down vendor aisles buying old hub caps. I bought 41 rusted old hub caps that day. My friend thought I was crazy. I said ‘I have an idea’.”

Marquis’ idea has led to the largest non-profit international art and re-use initiative of its kind, The Landfillart Project. (www.landfillart.org)

1,041 hubcap “metal and plastic canvasses” are now 1,041 exceptional works of art — kindling a powerful message of sustainable, green living and the transformative power of Art.

Imagine getting three artists to agree to any one thing. 1041 artists from every state in the U.S. and 52 countries – places like Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, and Denmark among many other nations – have re-claimed and transformed a discarded hubcap into astounding works of art.

A recent Landfillart exhibition at the Museum of Shenandoah Valley was the second highest attended event in their history. “Colorful, bright, expansive, delightful. I look forward to revisiting this exhibit numerous times,” — one of many visitor comments to this exhibition.

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The Landfillart exhibition will begin a multi-year international exhibition tour in 2016 to include major venues in places like Berlin, Barcelona, Monaco, Lyon, France, and Japan.

The new exhibition of the international Landfillart collection, On the Road Again, is now available to automobile museums.

On the Road Again is an engaging exhibition experience of America’s love affair with the automobile and driving.

Underlying On the Road Again is the powerful cross-over message of living green, re-use/recycling, and the unifying creative force of Art. The exhibition is tailored to audiences that include schools, middle to university level, car lovers, and lovers of art.

To inquire about bringing On the Road Again to your museum, contact Shirley Howarth of the Humanities Exchange: s.howarth@earthlink.net, or Chris Miller, Landfillart: chriscom@epix.net.

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1903 Endurance Run

The project to focus on the 1903 Endurance Run is continuing with an emphasis on research and development of an exhibition and publication leading to a road event for Veteran and Vintage cars.

We still want to locate existing examples from the 1903 makes in the Run. There are nine surviving 1903 Franklins and we hope to have some participation in our event from them and any other models we can locate.

It turns out that the section of road used in the 1903 Automobile Endurance Run, the Ulster and Delaware Plank Road, was used in speed attempts for automobile travel between Chicago and New York City for several years after the 1903 Run. Apparently it was the best road at the time. In 1907 New York State issued county highway maps showing roads already ‘improved’ under contracts and road that would be ‘improved’ in future contracts. The section of road recently declared the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway, now State Route 28, is this historic roadway and runs through the heart of the Catskill Park, a 700,000 acre State Park encompassing public and private lands, and the principle watershed for New York City.

I am looking for cars of the 1903-07 period and want to put the word out that this is a great place to gather Veteran and Vintage automobiles. If you can help please contact, Robert Selkowitz at artfolks@earthlink.net.

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Discounts for Members of NAAM Museums

The First Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville will open Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945-1975 (curated by Ken Gross) in May 2016. We would like to offer members of NAAM member museums 50% discounts on admission to the show which runs through Oct. 6. Last car exhibition, Sensuous Steel (also curated by Ken) drew 115,000 people from all over the world. We would love to make this offer to fellow auto lovers.
Take a quick look:fristcenter.org/calendar/detail/bellissima-the-italian-automotive-renaissance-19451975

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NAAM E-NEWS January 2015, Volume 17, Issue 1

February 18, 2015 in Newsletter

NAAM E-NEWS – January 2015, Volume 17, Issue 1

In This Issue

President’s Message

By: Terry Ernest

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More than a dozen years ago, when a group of local auto enthusiasts founded the Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Museum, we thought that operating an auto museum would be a lot like operating a business, and since some of them owned businesses, how tough could it be? Okay, I can hear some of you snickering… as you know, (and I NOW know) an auto museum is much, much more than just a business.

As we began struggling to understand our role in telling our unique story, I began looking for an organization that we could join and learn from. Fortunately for us we found the National Association of Automobile Museums, and promptly joined. Not only did I discover a group of warm and helpful folks who were willing to share their experience and give us advice on many areas of museum operations, but I found that attending the annual meeting was worth its weight in gold! By attending the programs and lectures, we had an opportunity to learn valuable lessons, some that we had not even considered.

To give you an idea of how important I feel these meetings are, I have only missed one NAAM annual meeting since joining. If you have attended an annual meeting before, and many members have attended quite a few, then you already know the value of networking, education and shared experiences in the auto museum industry. If you have not yet attended an annual meeting, then here is your opportunity to attend what promises to be a great one! This year’s meeting will be hosted by National Packard Museum Executive Director, Mary Ann Porinchak, and her staff in Warren, Ohio. There will be sessions available concerning subjects such as grant writing, exhibit planning, disaster planning, marketing and much more. We will also have an opportunity to visit the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection where we will be given a “backstage” tour.

It is my hope that you will create time in your schedule for yourself and key staff to attend the 2015 NAAM Conference from March 17th (5 p.m. Welcome Reception) to the evening of March 20th (Banquet and NAAMY Awards). Lodging, transportation. conference scholarships and dining information is posted on the NAAM website at www.naam.museum, under Conference and Events.

Top 8 reasons to attend the NAAM Annual Conference:

  1. Get excited. There’s nothing like spending time with people who share your interests to re-energize and inspire you.
  2. Learn what works. Sessions arm you with new skills you can put into practice right away.
  3. Tap the minds of leaders. This is your chance to ask the best and brightest leaders in the automobile museum community your most pressing questions.
  4. Expand your network. Share experiences, insights and perspectives with talented professionals who can help you succeed.
  5. Make your voice heard. At the NAAM annual meeting, you can meet with the NAAM Board of Directors to learn what NAAM is doing to enhance your membership.
  6. Become a stronger professional. We promise you’ll leave Ohio inspired, smarter and better than ever.
  7. Enjoy a fabulous destination. Two days of sessions and a day of touring two fabulous museums will make your experience memorable.
  8. Save money. Register early to save $50 off the registration fee when you register before February 18, 2015.

If I may be of assistance, please contact me at: willsmuseum@sbcglobal.net

MISSION STATEMENT

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.

2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

When and Where: The 2015 Annual Conference will be hosted by the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio, March 17 – 20, 2015.  The conference starts on Tuesday, the 17th, with a Welcome Reception at the Residence Inn Marriott from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and concludes on Friday night, the 20th,  with the closing banquet and NAAMY Awards Ceremony.  The conference features excellent sessions and tours.  It will be a great professional development and networking opportunity. Please see the attached conference schedule and registration form.

CONFERENCE HOTEL ROOM BLOCK AVAILABLE

Make Your Reservations: A hotel room block is now ready for reservations at the following hotel for the 2015 NAAM Annual Conference:

Residence Inn Marriott (at the Eastwood Mall)

Use Reservation Code: NAAM

5555 Youngstown-Warren Road
Niles, Ohio 44446
(330) 505-3655
Rate: $125 plus taxes and fees
Please see the attached lodging form.

The Residence Inn is the sponsor and site of the Welcome Reception

The Residence Inn Warren/Niles is a brand new (opened in June 2014) extended stay hotel connected to the Eastwood Mall for convenient access to many shopping and dining options. The hotel offers spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas and fully equipped kitchen. (Complimentary grocery delivery service is available to fill your refrigerator and satisfy cravings.) The Residence Inn offers free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast and evening social hours offering appetizers and drinks for your convenience. The hotel also features an indoor pool and spa and 24 hour fitness center.

NAAM’S FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

LISAThis January, NAAM achieved a long sought goal by hiring its first administrative assistant. What an auspicious start to our twenty-first year!

Six years ago, at a board retreat, we concluded that in order to truly fulfill our mission to support and educate our members, we needed to hire an administrator. We have finally put all the pieces in place and we are pleased to announce that Lisa Panko has accepted the position. Lisa is not a new face at NAAM. Some of you may know her as our membership coordinator. Lisa will be continuing in that role and will also assume the duties of newsletter editor, along with other duties.

Lisa is the membership and business manager for the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada, a position she has held for 10 years. (She will be performing her NAAM duties on a part-time basis.) Previously, she was the product sales manager for the Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada. Lisa is third generation Nevadan and received her Batchelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her first car was a 1962 Ford Fairlane that she still regrets selling to this day as many people do.

With Lisa on board, NAAM will be able to provide more timely support and additional services for our members. In 2014, NAAM became an affiliate member of the American Alliance of Museums, which provides Lisa with access to AAM’s rich online and print resources.  Lisa can then use these resources to help you solve some of your museum questions, or at least get you pointed in the right direction.

To contact Lisa, please email her at lpanko@automuseum.org or phone her at (775) 333-9300. Lisa will be attending our 2015 conference March 17-20 hosted by the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio, where you will all get a chance to meet her.

Welcome aboard, Lisa!

CURATIONAL NEWS
Volunteers and Collection Vehicles

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As museums we rely heavily on, and are grateful for, our volunteers. They do everything; from manning our guest services desks, being docents/interpreters in our galleries, working in our education departments, and so on and so on. Then there are those volunteers that want nothing more than to help work on the collection vehicles. We all have them, and we all appreciate them. However, we have to keep in mind the safety of our collections when we have volunteer help with its preservation. This is not to say that these volunteers have malicious intents when they work on our collection vehicles, rather it is to remind us that we have to teach our volunteers about museum best practices.

Volunteers come from all walks of life. I will use my volunteers as an example, many of them are retired mechanical or electrical engineers, some worked in the lubrication industry, others worked for public services, and many worked in the automobile industry, but none have worked in the museum field. What does this mean for us as museums? It means that these volunteers are not familiar with the way we care for and treat our artifacts, but it doesn’t mean that these generous people who want to give us their time can’t learn from us.

Most of the volunteers who want to work with our collection vehicles already have a passion for cars; many have worked on cars all their life and own classic or antique automobiles. So, it is our job to take that knowledge they have and use it to help us carry out our best practices, a benefit for both the institution and the volunteer.

Nothing makes me cringe more than when I am at a museum and see a volunteer doing something that isn’t quite up to best practices. One example of this that I have seen was a volunteer at a museum that used a brass headlight on one of the vehicles as a coat rack. The volunteer was a very talented person, but didn’t give thought to what damage might occur from the small act of hanging their coat on that brass headlight. This wasn’t the volunteer’s fault; the supervisory museum staff member had never told the volunteers not to hang their jackets on the cars.

How do we handle this then? I again will turn to my volunteers at The Crawford as an example. When I came on board at the museum the volunteers did not have a lot of directive in what they were doing with the collection vehicles. They would mainly get vehicles that needed to run for a show running, but there was no protocol on how to do this. So, they used the knowledge they had about cars and got the vehicles running, and were successful in doing so. But, were museum best practices upheld on how the vehicles were handled during the work to make them operable? Were best practices upheld while they were being driven? Were best practices being followed when the vehicles were shut down to go back on display or put in storage? Not really, and it wasn’t the fault of the volunteers. The staff in charge had not talked to them about best practices. Thus, the first thing I did with the volunteers was to pull them together as a group and discuss best practices with them and as we go along continue to remind them of best practices. It has now come to a point where my volunteers remind me to push them harder to make their work up to museum best practice standards.

In the long and short of it, what am I saying here? Volunteers are often the life blood of our institutions. They are the reason we can do most of what we do in our respective museums. So, let’s take this gracious gift they are offering and use it to the benefit of our institutions. Let’s teach this wonderful group of people about the museum field and why we do what we do and hold ourselves to best practices. If your volunteers are anything like mine, they will appreciate the opportunity to learn new things, especially when it relates to something they love, like cars.

NEWS FROM MEMBER MUSEUMS

America’s Car Museum – Tacoma, Washington

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America’s Car Museum, the largest automotive museum in North America, is continuing to garner awards. The latest comes from USA Today, which has named ACM as one of the 10 best museums in the Seattle, Wash., metropolitan area.

“ACM earning a spot on USA Today’s 10 Best Museums in Seattle list shows that our hard work is continuing to pay off in connecting with and captivating our visitors,” said David Madeira, ACM president and CEO. “We see ACM as an enveloping cultural experience instead of just another stationary car museum, constantly rolling out new ideas and exhibits. That’s what sets us apart.” In November 2014, ACM finished ahead of 74 other finalists to earn the title of “Best Museum in Western Washington,” according to KING 5 NBC.

USA Today said ACM is one of the “hottest” museums in the Pacific Northwest. It added that ACM’s Signature Events, such as June’s “Wheels & Heels Annual Gala” and August’s “Cars & Cigars,” with tastings from Seattle’s El Gaucho restaurant and Montecristo cigars, present an atmosphere “oozing with innovation and indulgence.”

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles – Boyertown, Pennsylvania

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will spend 2015 staging a year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary. Founded in 1965 by Paul and Erminie Hafer, the Boyertown Museum preserves and educates about Pennsylvania’s rich road transportation history. The Museum kicked off its 50th Anniversary with a Golden Gala on Saturday, January 17, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. This event, which is open to the public at $10 a person, will highlight some of the Museum’s history and its founders. Included in the Golden Gala’s festivities will be hors d’oeuvres and wine, with a champagne toast scheduled for 7 p.m. Throughout the evening, photographs and video footage of the Museum through the years will be featured, as well as entertainment and music.

Kokomo Automotive Museum – Kokomo, Indiana

The Kokomo Automotive Museum is proud to announce its fall and winter special exhibit, “Cadillac – Setting the standard for personal luxury: 1938-1997.” Starting with the fabled 1938 Series 60 Special Cadillac, which through engineering and advertising modernized the public perception of what a luxury car should be. The exhibit can be seen at the Kokomo Automotive Museum, located at 1500 North Reed Road in Kokomo, Indiana, from now until March 29, 2015. For more information, contact the museum Tuesday through Sunday at (765) 454-9999.

Seal Cove Auto Museum – Seal Cove, Maine

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The Seal Cove Auto Museum is delighted by its new acquisition, a 1904 Searchmont Touring. Acquired by the Richard C. Paine Jr. Automobile Charitable Trust for display at the Seal Cove Auto Museum, it is one of two Searchmonts known to exist. Its previous owner, Bob Ames, also owned the Curved Dash Oldsmobile in the museum’s collection, and Mr. Ames has driven both the Searchmont and the Olds in the prestigious London to Brighton Run. The design of the 1904 Searchmont reflects the Auto Company’s complete change in the design of its cars in 1903, the new design following French lines. More information on the 1904 Searchmont can be found at: sealcoveautomuseum.org/collection/vehicle_list.php?vehicle=99


Studebaker National Museum – South Bend, Indiana


Studebaker National Museum – South Bend, Indiana

To kick off the SB150 “Discover . . . South Bend” series on January 19, the Studebaker National Museum was one of over a dozen different South Bend gems opening their doors for “Discover . . . South Bend Landmarks.” Each participating institution offers free admission for guests to discover and explore new parts of the amazing places that make South Bend great.

Guests at the Studebaker National Museum will have the unique opportunity to “peek underneath” as we open the hoods of our revered Museum vehicle. This is a rare chance to look inside our collection of vehicles spanning late 19th through early 20th century vehicles, showcasing the best of South Bend innovation and ingenuity. Additionally, guests can visit the first floor of the Studebaker National Museum Archives (located across the street from the Museum) and see pieces from our collection, as well as learn about the tremendous work it takes to preserve and share our City’s rich industrial history.

This event took place on January 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission, in celebration of the SB150 kickoff and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Other participating sites included the IUSB Civil Rights Heritage Center, the Birdsell Mansion, the Kizer House, and more. A complete listing of participating “Discover . . . South Bend Landmarks” institutions can be found at SB150.com.

World of Speed Museum – Wilsonville, Oregon

World of Speed Museum – Wilsonville, Oregon

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World of Speed is thrilled to announce the renewal of our Woodburn Dragstrip Jr. Drag Racing Series title sponsorship. New this year, the age limit to participate has been expanded to include five to seven year olds, giving even younger kids the chance to race down the track in a half scale version of a Top Fuel dragster in a safe and controlled environment. Join us in support of these amazing racers come April.

“A key component of World of Speed is to provide an exciting environment in which young people can explore the world of motorsports and the many career opportunities it offers,” said World of Speed executive director Tony Thacker. “We had so much fun working with the kids last year, it was a no-brainer to serve as title sponsor again in 2015.”

All events are held at the Woodburn Dragstrip, 7730 Hwy 219, Woodburn, Oregon, located one mile west of the Woodburn Premium Outlet mall.


DO YOU HAVE NEWS?

Send it to our new editor.

Please share news about your museum with our new NAAM E-News editor. Be sure to add Lisa Panko, lpanko@automuseum.org, to your museum’s distribution lists for news releases, e-news, and member and media announcements (and delete Kristy Ketterman). Many automobile museums are members of NAAM, but little information is received for our newsletter. Please help us ensure NAAM E-News is informative and up-to-date with the latest activities of our members.

NAAM E-NEWS – July 2014, Volume 16, Issue 3

August 16, 2014 in Newsletter

NAAM E-NEWS – July 2014, Volume 16, Issue 3

In This Issue

  • President’s Message
  • Mission Statement   Same as last issue
  • Job Opportunity with NAAM
  • NAAM Survey
  • Marketing News
  • Curatorial News
  • News from Member Museums  Same layout as last issue, new info
  • Board of Directors
  • NAAM E-News Contact
  • Classified Ad Notice
  • Membership Application
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President’s Message

By: Terry Ernest

Do you have an emergency plan in place for your museum?

None of us ever really think an emergency will happen to us, right?  But sometimes, out of nowhere, a disaster strikes!  The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky suffered a sinkhole, the National Auto Museum in Reno, Nevada had an arson fire, and from my own personal experience, the car I was driving about three weeks ago was struck by lightning (we’re okay).

So these examples beg the question; Do you have an emergency plan in place?  If you already do, great!  But has it been updated lately?  Has your staff reviewed it and practiced it recently?

And what if you do not have a policy in place for emergencies?  Where do you start to develop a plan?

This is where your NAAM membership can be of tremendous assistance.  On the NAAM website at www.naam.museum in the “Forum” area (make sure to log-in first) you will find it under the heading “Administration” and then “Policy and Procedures – A Place to Share”, two documents that will be helpful to get you started.  The first is the NAAM Collections Management Policy, which has a section in it titled “Risk Management” (as a NAAM member you can download the entire collection for no charge).  The second useful document is shared by the Gilmore Museum under the same “Policy and Procedures – A Place to Share”, section as “Gilmore’s Emergency Plan”.  You may wish to use these two resources as a starting point to begin your Emergency Plan project.

Once you have created your Emergency Plan and put it in place, please share it with your fellow members in the Forum section of the NAAM website.  As we collaborate on projects like this, adding our own museum’s emergency plan, our Forum becomes more valuable as a place to obtain and accrue knowledge.

If you haven’t visited the Forum on the NAAM website (or haven’t visited in a while) please take some time to see what you can learn and what you can contribute to help others in our industry.

If I may be of assistance, please contact me at:  willsmuseum@sbcglobal.net

In the words of C. Harold Wills (President & Founder of the Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Co.), “If you aim high, you will never shoot low.”

MISSION STATEMENT

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.

JOB OPPORTUNITY WITH NAAM

NAAM Seeks Administrative Assistant

NAAM has an opening for a contracted, part-time administrative assistant who will be responsible for developing and implementing a variety of administrative tasks.  This will be an ideal position for someone who has excellent administrative skills and an outgoing, promotional aptitude.  It will be necessary to work independently, as well as in committee and board situations.  Please see the attached job description and email a resume to NAAM President, Terry Ernest:  ternest@sbcglobal.net
CLICK HERE FOR THE JOB DESCRIPTION

NAAM SURVEY

To better serve the member museums, the NAAM Board of Directors will be conducting an electronic two-part survey through Survey Monkey. Member museums that wish to have a survey mailed to them should request surveys through NAAM President, Terry Ernest.  (Email: willsmuseum@sbcglobal.net)

You will soon receive notification of dates when survey will begin.  This very important survey will provide insight into the future needs and direction of member museums and the NAAM organization.

MARKETING NEWS



Museums and Facebook Feedback
It is important to remember that marketing is all about communication.  You have exhibits, memberships, programs and much more.  Your potential visitors want to see exhibits, become a member and learn.  You have what they want; they just don’t know it yet.  One of the best ways to reach out to potential clients and customers is to do it through social media.  We’ve discussed tweeting, but do we all take advantage of Facebook as much as we should?

Facebook is a person-to-person network that often is underutilized.  Having a visitor talk about your museum or share pictures of themselves enjoying your museum is the best marketing you can ask for – and even better…it’s FREE!

On average a Facebook user has approximately 130 friends, but research has shown that those who actively use the “Like” button for places of business, such as your museum, on average, have twice as many friends.  Each time someone chooses to “Like” your museum, you have a potential for 130 or more new friends, visitors and followers just through this one person!

Personal recommendations aren’t a new school of thought in marketing, however with Facebook, the ease with which one can share recommendations to hundreds of friends at a single time has never been simpler.  It is less about you and what you want to say and more about what your visitors are saying and encouraging them to say it.

There are lots of ways that you can make it effortless for people to learn about and share information with their friends about your museum.

Encourage your website visitors and people you email to become a fan of your Facebook page by providing a link to a “social sharing” button.  These buttons can be added to your website or email through a simple line of code so that when someone clicks on the button, they are directed to your Facebook page where they can “like” your Museum and become a fan.  From here, they can tag themselves while they visit your museum alerting their entire network that they enjoy spending time viewing your exhibits and attending your special programs.

Another way to promote your museum on Facebook is through asking for reviews.  Opening a new gallery? Have an interactive exhibit you want people to know more about?  Ask visitors to visit your Facebook page and write a review of what they have experienced.  Encourage them to share pictures.  This is a surefire way to get others excited.  I know I am likely to visit someplace that I see a friend visiting and having a great time – who wouldn’t?

At the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum we have made flyers that we encourage visitors to pick up as they leave.  It has all of our social media information on it so that we can easily be found and it encourages visitors to share their thoughts, feedback, and pictures with us online.  When visitors do this, all of their friends see the pictures and comments posted as well as all of the thousands of the museum followers or fans.

Remember, social media shouldn’t always be focused on what you want to say; rather it should be about what people are saying about you!  Encourage people to talk about your museum!

CURATORIAL NEWS



Digital Signage: Attraction or Tool?

Digital Signage, and more specifically touch-screens, can be an appealing addition to any museum.  It is the use of a current technology that can allow adaptability and curb appeal.  A museum must always ask itself how and why it wants to incorporate a new form of interpretation.  Is it to attract more visitors or to engage the visitor with deeper meaning?  Or can it be both?

When our museum made the decision to invest, we endeavored to do both.  Digital technology is one of the most important forms of communication today.  If I plan to live in Germany, I learn German.  If we plan to engage with the current and future generations, we learn to use digital technology such as touch-screens.  Digital signs also allow us to provide large amounts of information which would clutter the museum walls if displayed in a physical format.  We can also present archival materials that would otherwise be compromised by frequent handling.

With a touch-screen, visitors can now select what they desire to learn without having to wade through large amounts of information in the hopes of finding a nugget of interest.  In the example of our digital car signs, the visitor may select from different topics such as mechanics, styling, the history of the car and its owners and a section called ‘In The News,’ which highlights vintage advertisements and both national and world events of the vehicle’s time.  We also have educational questions which can be incorporated into both general visitation and formal study trips.

When creating digital signage, be aware of your resources, both in manpower and funding.  Digital signage can be a time-consuming proposition.  How you will utilize the sign and how many you will deploy will determine the amount of hours required.  If each sign has specific information related to particular objects, or automobiles, this will require research and inputting.

Think about the information you want to present.  It is easy to load the sign with every image, blueprint and diagram for a specific vehicle you are showcasing.  Just as in printed signs, use the basic interpretation rules of brevity: have a focused message and don’t create unanswered questions.  We only use ten images per topic on our digital car signs.  We have found any more than that, the visitor will not view.  We also create two-sentence captions for each image.  The visitor can only read a certain amount of information before reader fatigue sets in.

Digital signage is a daunting task, but it can provide a host of opportunities.  Take time to determine why and how you will use digital signage.  Who is your audience and what are you trying to tell them?  These simple questions will help you determine the scope and breadth of your project and help you avoid planning more digital signs than you have the resources to create.


DO YOU HAVE NEWS?

We want to hear from you.

Please share news about your museum with the NAAM E-News editor. It’s time to double check to make sure Kristy Ketterman, kristy.ketterman@gmail.com, has been added to your museum’s distribution lists for news releases, e-news, and member and media announcements.  Many automobile museums are members of NAAM, but little information is received for our newsletter.  Thanks for helping ensure NAAM E-News is informative and up-to-date about the latest activities of our members.

NEWS FROM MEMBER MUSEUMS

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles – Boyertown, Penn.

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, in conjunction with the current exhibit Woodrow Wilson, President Electric: Harnessing the Power of Innovation in the Progressive Era, will be hosting a special presentation on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 2 p.m. on the history of the Lincoln Highway.  Professor Fred Gantz of Harrisburg Area Community College will be giving a talk entitled, “The Lincoln Highway: A Road through History,” complete with photographs and artifacts.  The Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway for automobiles in the United States, was dedicated in 1913 during President Wilson’s administration.

Seal Cove Auto Museum (pics saved) – Seal Cove, Maine

The Seal Cove Auto Museum is hosting a picnic on Sunday, August 10, 2014, from 3 to 6 p.m. on the lawn overlooking Seal Cove Pond and the mountains of Acadia. Inspired by the early 1900s rusticator tradition, the 2014 Rusticator Picnic will feature rusticator-inspired food, live jazz by the Ellis Quartet, Native American baskets with commemorative wine glasses to take home and a special exhibit of period fashion from the collection of Norma Spurling. Period costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded. In the event of rain, the picnic will be held indoors. Advance tickets are required; please contact the Museum to purchase by phone at 207.244.9242.

 

The Antique Automobile Club of America – Hershey, Penn.


The opening of the display of the Cammack Tucker collection of vehicles and memorabilia has been a frequent question on the minds of visitors to the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey. This highly anticipated exhibit has been more than a year in the making from accessioning artifacts to the exhibit design. [READ MORE]

Exhibit construction will soon begin with volunteer assistance from Pyramid Construction of Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania. Pyramid Construction will be lending two – three of their workers for two weeks to help build the exhibit facades. Pyramid is no stranger to the AACA Museum; they were one of the original contractors chosen to build our Museum more than 11 years ago. The first phase of the Cammack Tucker Gallery is slated to open in October of this year. An official opening announcement release will be coming later in the month with more details

The AACA Museum is still looking for support both in funds and with skilled carpentry/construction hands. If you or your organization is willing to assist us with this project, please contact us at exhibits@aacamuseum.org.

Please join the AACA Museum this year in enjoying a celebration of some of the most beautiful and meaningful cultural objects created by America, in one of the world’s premier motor museums. This exhibit celebrates and commemorates Indian’s exciting re-entry into the marketplace this year.

 

 

NAAM E-NEWS – June 2014, Volume 16, Issue 2

May 25, 2014 in Newsletter, Uncategorized

NAAM E-NEWS – June 2014, Volume 16, Issue 2

In This Issue

  • President’s Message
  • Mission Statement   
  • 2014 Annual Conference 
  • 2014 NAAMY Award Winners
  • 2014 Conference Scholarship Recipients
  • Job Opportunity with NAAM
  • Curatorial News 
  • Retail Opportunities
  • Donation Offer

President’s Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
By: Terry Ernest

I am honored to be serving as the new NAAM President.  My name is Terry Ernest, Director of the Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Museum in Marysville, Mich.  I was quite pleased when 10 years ago I learned of an association devoted to automobile museums. As head of a relatively new auto museum (founded in 2001), I was excited by the opportunity to learn how to operate a museum the “correct” way, and in accordance with the principles of established auto museums.  What a wonderful journey of learning it has been!  One of the many things that impress me about NAAM is the professionalism that is exhibited by the many member museums that I have met.  What also impresses me is the passion that our members have for the auto museum industry and their willingness to share their knowledge.  Because of this passion, I see a bright future for our organization.

As the new President, I would like to thank our immediate Past President Jackie Frady for her leadership over the past 3 years.  Jackie has worked diligently to keep NAAM moving forward, and has provided continued value to our membership.  Jackie’s talent and enthusiasm for NAAM is endless.  I can only hope to emulate her in my time in this position.  I would also like to thank the board of directors for their dedication and continued support.

With the annual conference at the Petersen Automotive Museum wrapped up, we can continue to share the energy from this exciting meeting at the NAAM Forum on our association’s website, www.naam.museum.  By sharing your opinions, questions and answers on the Forum, we can keep the spirit of the annual meeting alive all year!   Have you visited the website today?

If you have any questions or suggestions about our association, please feel free to email me at willsmuseum@sbcglobal.netor call my office at 810-987-2854.

In the words of C. Harold Wills (President & Founder of the Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Co.), “If you aim high, you will never shoot low.”

Mission Statement

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.

2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
NAAM And World Forum

We sincerely thank The Peterson Automotive Museum for hosting a remarkable joint conference for NAAM and the World Forum for Motor Museums in Los Angeles, Calif. from March 24 – 28, 2014.  We especially thank former NAAM Board member and The Petersen’s Chief Curator Leslie Petersen for proposing the idea of a joint conference and bringing it to reality, Executive Director Terry Karges for generously supporting the program, Associate Curator Mary Brisson for coordinating endless details and the Petersen team for their assistance in many areas. There were 119 attendees representing 10 different countries, nine informative sessions, five tour destinations, four scholarships awarded and 26 NAAMY Awards presented at the festive closing banquet.

The conference began with a welcome reception on a delightful period street setting at The Peterson on Monday evening, March 24, with an abundance of food and beverages. It was a great opportunity to meet new attendees and greet special friends and associates from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK and USA.

Sessions on Tuesday and Thursday offered valuable information with national and international perspectives relevant to the conference theme, “Attracting New Audiences.”  Wednesday and Thursday featured tours of the Bruce Meyer Collection, the Art Center for Design in Pasadena, the Nethercutt Collection, Mullin Museum and Malamut Collection.  It was sensory overload at its best.  Evenings throughout the conference featured unique activities, including a reception, dinner and touring the Toyota Auto Museum, thanks to NAAM Board member Susan Sanborn; shuttles to explore the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade; a movie night at The Peterson complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, milk shakes, popcorn and American Graffiti.

The closing banquet included insightful comments from key note speaker Dr. Fred Simeone, Simeone Automotive Foundation, and the highly-anticipated NAAMY Awards presentation by Christine Bobco, National Packard Museum. It was a charming evening of warm conversation, and delicious dining complemented by beautiful floral arrangements, while surround by notable automobiles.

Thank You to Our Supporters

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our generous sponsors, whose support helped make this conference a great success:

  • Hagerty – The Official Insurance Provider of the National Association of Automobile Museums
  • Group Delphi – Generous sponsors of the NAAM Scholarship Program

2014 NAAMY AWARD WINNERS

Congratulations to our 2014 NAAMY Award Winners!  Each award recognizes industry leaders for achievement, professionalism and creativity. NAAMY Awards are designed to further promote professionalism in automotive museum managerial, curatorial, educational and promotional work.  Entries were judged at Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, Warren, Ohio, by professors with expertise in each field of competition.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

2014 NAAMY Award Winners

Division I

Museums with budgets less than $300,000

Interpretive  Exhibits

1st Place NAAMY Award of Excellence – National Packard Museum

2nd Place – Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Newsletters and Magazines

1st Place NAAMY Award of Excellence – Veit Automotive Foundation
2nd place – Wills Sainte Claire Auto Museum
3rd place – Seal Cove Auto Museum

Website Design

1st Place NAAMY Award of Excellence – Seal Cove Auto Museum

Division II

Museums with budgets greater than $300,000

Books and Exhibit Catalogs

1st Place NAAMY Award of Excellence – Henry Ford Museum

2nd Place – Reynolds-Alberta Museum

3rd Place – Reynolds-Alberta Museum

Collateral Materials

1st Place NAAMY Award of Excellence – AACA Museum

2nd Place – San Diego Automotive Museum

3rd Place – Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum

Educational Programs

1st Place NAAMY Award of Excellence – LeMay – America’s Car Museum

2nd Place – National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection)

3rd Place – National Corvette Museum

Events and Public Promotions

1st Place NAAMY Award of Excellence – AACA Museum

2nd Place – National Corvette Museum

Interpretive Exhibits

1st Place NAAMY Award of Excellence – AACA Museum & Reynolds-Alberta Museum

2nd Place – National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection)

3rd Place – San Diego Automotive Museum

Newsletters and Magazines

1st Place NAAMY Award of Excellence – National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection)

2nd Place – National Corvette Museum & LeMay – America’s Car Museum

3rd Place – AACA Museum

Website Design

1st Place NAAMY Award of Excellence – National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection)

2nd Place – Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum

3rd Place – AACA Museum

2014 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Congratulations to four NAAM members who received scholarships to attend the 2014 Annual Conference.  Awards included $1,000 for travel expenses, plus complimentary conference registration.  These valuable scholarships were made possible thanks to a generous sponsorship from Group Delphi (specialists in museum exhibits), combined with a contribution from NAAM.

NAAM is dedicated to helping its members grow professionally through informative annual conferences and networking opportunities. To fulfill this goal, NAAM offers conference scholarships each year. The scholarship program is designed for museums with limited financial resources to pay for their staff to attend.

Congratulations to our 2014 recipients:

Raney Bench, Director, Seal Cove Museum
Nancy Darga, Executive Director, Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Robert Jeffrey, Executive Director, Northeast Classic Car Museum
Katrina O’Brien, Archives & Collection Manager, World of Speed

CURATIONAL NEWS

A Simple Deaccession

By Drew Van De Wielle
Curator of Collections
Studebaker National Museum

In early 2013, the Studebaker National Museum deaccessioned a 1965 Studebaker Wagonaire. It was not suitable for display, and it was not cost-effective to restore the vehicle to those standards. It appeared to have been painted with a broom over about 50 pounds of Bondo. Another factor that complicated the situation was that although the donor form was complete and proper, the title was never signed and transferred. The donor, the wife of a former Studebaker executive and her husband had long since left this earth. This began the opportunity for me to play detective.

Information on the husband was easy to locate in the St. Joseph County Public Records office. Unfortunately, the state required both donors’ death certificates, and the wife moved out of the county immediately following her husband’s passing.  Having one death certificate in hand I ask myself, “Where do I go from here?” Fortunately, Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google some years back to assist in situations similar to mine. Through a lot of research I was finally able to track down the late wife in Madison County, Ind.  A quick phone call and a couple dollars later, the death certificate was in the mail.

Upon the certificate’s arrival, I hurried down to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles with the title, both death certificates and the original donor form. A few weeks later, the title arrived bearing the name Studebaker National Museum. I learned a lot from this situation, most importantly how to prevent things like this from happening in the first place. I ask all of you reading this to please make sure all steps in the donation process are followed to the “T” for the sake of tomorrow’s curators.


RETAIL OPPORTUNITIES

Custom Products Manufacturing and Museum Store Products
Custom Products Manufacturing and Museum Store Products of New Jersey (USA) have been working with museums, gift shops and cultural sites for over 25 years creating magnets, note cards, notepads, bookmarks, puzzles, coasters, key chains and much more. They specialize in custom product development and have just been voted the 2014 Vendor of the Year at this year’s Museum Store Association show.

Please visit their website to view available products that they can create with any of your images with no set-up fee. There are low minimums using your images over a wide range of products to create a story of your venue. Email any product questions you may have.  They can also send a wholesale price list if you wish. Catalogs and samples available on request. museumstoreproducts.com.
Contact:  Marty Gutowski, marty@museumstoreproducts.com

 

AUTO BIOGRAPHY by Earl Swift, $26.99

Tommy Arney has biceps as big as most men’s thighs, knuckles roughened by wrench-turning and blunt-force trauma, some self-applied tattoos and more than a few scars. A grade-school dropout, he’s the owner of Moyock Muscle: a glorified junkyard, where four-hundred old cars litter five scrubby acres in eastern North Carolina. For Tommy, these cars aren’t just scraps waiting to be dismantled for cash. They’re archeological artifacts, fossils of the twentieth-century American experience, of a place and a people utterly devoted to the automobile and changed by it in uncountable ways.

To him, they’re history. But to his town, they’re trash. And so when he acquires a classic ‘57 Chevy in terrible shape and promises to return it to its full glory, he starts on a journey that could restore his financial solvency and respect in his community, as well as save his business from the town officials and creditors who seek to destroy him.

In tracing the ownership of the Chevy from its original owner down to Tommy, Earl Swift’s multifaceted story charts the fortunes of middle-class American experience from the mid-fifties to the present. Swift will intersperse his progressive biography of the iconic Chevy, with an in-depth exploration of its thirteenth-and final-owner, Tommy Arney, a man who himself was written off as unsalvageable.

Written for motor heads and automotive novices alike, AUTO BIOGRAPHY is the story of the decline and rebirth of the American Dream, drawn through the evolution of our most iconic automobile and the improbable heroism of its last owner.

More information here.   Contact: Emily Homonoff, emily.homonoff@harpercollins.com

WHERE THEY RACED: Speed Demons in the City of Angels 

The Award winning film “WHERE THEY RACED: Speed Demons in the City of Angels” is now available on DVD. This documentary tells the story of the amazing automotive innovation and racing history that helped put Southern California on the map. With hundreds of vintage photos, rare archival footage and revealing interviews “WHERE THEY RACED” reunited the ghost tracks of Los Angeles with the cars that raced on them to give these fading memories a final victory lap. Please contact Harry Pallenberg for wholesale prices, email: info@wheretheyraced.com, phone: (213) 810-2376

DONATION OFFER – 1948 PLYMOUTH

Vanya Scott from National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. has presented a unique opportunity to NAAM member museums. NLEM recently deaccesioned 1948 Plymouth P15 and is offering to donate it, at no charge. The accepting museum would simply have to accept bearing the cost of transporting the Plymouth from their facility in Forestville, Md. This auto was lovingly restored and has been kept in protected museum storage since the NLEM acquired it in 2006. See the attached informational sheet about the automobile and its provenance. For more information, please contact: Vanya Scott, Registrar, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund National Law Enforcement Museum, (202)737-7869 (DC office), (202)737-3405 (Fax), (301) 420-8394  (Offsite)

EXHIBITION OFFER

Hans Laurell has offered his unique collection of car cemetery photographs to NAAM member museums for use in an exhibit. These photographs were taken by Hans in a listed and protected car cemetery deep in the forest in Sweden. Several hundred old wrecks were stored there from the 1940s through the late 1960s by two brothers who are no longer among us.  It is a rather unique collection in that the photos show the beauty of mother nature’s reclaim of man’s dear possessions.

Hans’ pictures are not meant to be of a documentary kind, but rather something beautiful even though they depict the slow degradation process. The collection consists of approximately 50 pieces, and the photographs have been displayed in several art exhibitions in Sweden.  Please contact Hans Laurell by email at hans.laurell@tele2.se.
NEWS FROM MEMBER MUSEUMS [NEXT SECTION]

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles – Boyertown, Penn.

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles opened its newest exhibit, Woodrow Wilson, President Electric: Harnessing the Power of Innovation in the Progressive Era on April 10, 2014.  This award-winning exhibit, which is on loan from the Woodrow Wilson House Museum in Washington, D.C., explores the technological advancements made during President Wilson’s administration from 1913 through 1921.  Featured in the exhibit will be the Boyertown Museum’s own 1921 Milburn Light Electric Opera Coupe, which is similar to the Milburn electrics President Wilson’s Secret Service men drove.  This exhibition was supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and will be on display at the Boyertown Museum until September 30, 2014.

Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum – Elizabethtown, Ky.

Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum of Elizabethtown, Ky. is celebrating its 15th anniversary by featuring “orphan” cars of the early days of the automobile.  These will include a 1910 Brush, Model T and Model A Fords, Packards, Pierce Arrows, LaSalles, a Hupmobile, a Chandler and others. These are cars that bring back pleasant memories.  The museum contains a total of 64 magnificent machines of the past, all original or professionally restored to original condition. The museum is free and all are welcome to come and enjoy.  Open from Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there is always a knowledgeable hostess there to greet you, answer questions or give a tour.   TripAdvisor gives the Museum a five star rating and has dubbed the Museum as a “must see attraction.”  For a virtual tour, please visit www.swopemuseum.com.

 

 

The Antique Automobile Club of America – Hershey, Penn.


The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum proudly announces its newest exhibit, Indian Nation: The Indian Motorcycle and America. This captivating exhibit includes more than 22 Motorcycles and continues to roar on through October 24, 2014.

The stunning selection of rare and show-winning motorcycles on display will showcase early singles and twins, Scouts, Chiefs, and Fours. Some of the exhibit’s highlights include Harrisburg-area racer Bob Markey’s original 1940 Scout, a 1903 Indian –

possibly the earliest original example of the marque – and immaculately restored machines of all eras. Included within the exhibit will be period dealer items and popular culture references.

Please join the AACA Museum this year in enjoying a celebration of some of the most beautiful and meaningful cultural objects created by America, in one of the world’s premier motor museums. This exhibit celebrates and commemorates Indian’s exciting re-entry into the marketplace this year.

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum – Fairbanks, Alaska

Beginning June 1, 2014, the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum will showcase a new exhibit called Extreme Motoring: Alaska’s First Automobiles and Their Dauntless Drivers. The museum has assembled a collection of original Alaska automobiles for the exhibit as well as several extremely rare cars identical to the first to arrive in the territory. Among these are Alaska’s very first automobile (built by a young man who had never seen one before) and an unusual Fordson Snow Motor.

The exhibit will also tell the stories of Alaska’s first motorists and the challenges they faced before there were any highways, bridges or snow plows in the area. The extreme cold, deplorable road conditions and an absence of repair shops required a high level of ingenuity and resourcefulness by these bold men. Their inventions and adventures will be illustrated through displays, historic videos and an extensive photograph collection shown throughout the museum’s galleries. For more information, please visit www.fountainheadmuseum.com

February 2014

February 15, 2014 in Newsletter

President’s Message

Jacky Frady

Dear Member,

On behalf of the NAAM Board of Directors, I would like to wish all of you a successful and rewarding 2014, both professionally and personally.

Our Board had a very successful Strategic Planning meeting at The Henry Ford in November 2013. We spent two days under the direction of an exceptional facilitator, Jim Van Bochove, The Henry Ford’s director of workforce development.

In addition to reviewing the results of our Member Interest Survey, there were many exercises that led to a thorough examination of NAAM. These included, among others, conducting a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats); drafting an identity statement that captures the essence of what NAAM is; identifying what big questions face our organization, and determining the value-based criteria that will guide our future strategic decisions. This culminated in a revision of our Mission Statement and the development of goals and objectives, along with assignments and timeframes.

The following new Mission Statement has been added to the NAAM Website, along with our list of goals.

Jackie Frady

2014 Annual Conference

Early Bird Registration Deadline: February 17, 2014

Good News. The early bird conference registration fee for NAAM members is $400, reduced from $500 reported earlier. This reduction was made possible by a contribution from NAAM to help support our members. Also, we are extremely grateful for another generous sponsorship from Hagerty, The Official Insurance Provider of the National Association of Automobile Museums.

When and Where: The 2014 Annual conference will be held jointly between NAAM and the World Forum for Motor Museums at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, March 24 – 28, 2014. The conference starts on Monday, the 24th, with a Welcome Reception from 5 – 6:30 p.m. and concludes on Friday night, the 28th, with the closing banquet and NAAMY Awards Ceremony. Please note the dates are the 24th – 28th (early notices stated the 25th – 29th). The conference is packed with excellent sessions and remarkable tours. It will be a great professional development and networking opportunity. Please see the attached conference brochure and registration form

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Conference Hotel Room Blocks Available

Deadline: January 21, 2014

Make Reservations ASAP: Hotel Room Blocks are now ready for reservations at the following hotels for the 2014 NAAM and World Forum Conference. Room blocks at each of the hotels expire on January 21, 2014, after which they will still honor the preferred rate, but cannot guarantee availability.

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ENter The 2014 NAAMY Awards Competition

Deadline: January 31, 2014

It’s time to start compiling your entries for the NAAMY Awards Competition. The deadline is January 31, 2014, so there is plenty of time to get your “winning” entries in the mail. The process is simple, plus you can enter as many categories as you like and you many submit more than one entry in a category. Please see the attached NAAMY Awards Call for Entries brochure or access the brochure on the NAAM website (www.naam.museum) under “About NAAM.”

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Apply For A 2014 Conference Scholarship

Deadline: February 7, 2014 – View Brochure

Apply Now: Each year NAAM offers scholarships to the Annual Conference to help members grow professionally through informative sessions and networking opportunities. The scholarship program is designed for museums with limited financial resources (annual budgets less than $500,000) to pay for their staff to attend the conference.

When: You can apply anytime and we encourage you to do so to take advantage of this great benefit. The deadline is February 7, 2014.

How: Please visit the NAAM website for scholarship criteria, guidelines and the online application (www.naam.museum, select Conferences, then Conference Scholarships.)

Have You Checked The Forum?

Have you checked the NAAM Forum? It is an invaluable source of information. Is it time to write or update your museum’s Emergency Policy? If so, you can go to the Forum and review the Gilmore Car Museum’s Emergency Policy for helpful ideas. Would you like to use NAAM’s Collections Policy to revise your policies? It’s also readily available to you on the Forum. Are you looking for a roommate for the annual conference to reduce expenses? Just check the Forum. In addition, you can ask for advice from other museums about a particular subject. You can also answer questions posted by others and share your knowledge. Forum categories include Administration, Curatorial, NAAM Annual Conference, Marketing, Education Programs, Exhibits, Museum Store, Volunteers, Fundraising and Conservation.

Curatorial News

By Derek E. Moore, Frederick C. and Kathleen S. Crawford Curator of Transportation History, Western Reserve Historical Society

A Century of the Automobile Assembly Line

Do people only come to automobile museums to see automobiles? Not necessarily. It is important to consider the wide variety of museum visitors, like those with an interest in exploring the deeper story behind the automobile industry, its struggles and successes, its impact on society and culture, and the changing face of the industry. We must present and interpret these stories using more than just an automobile. This is where our collections of small artifacts come into play in exhibit development.

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Marketing News

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

A Century of the Automobile Assembly Line

Many non-profit organizations shy away from creating a marketing plan each year because it may seem too sales-centric or too focused on money rather than mission focused. But marketing, especially content marketing, is a tool that each non-profit must use. Marketing is a way to convince someone to visit your museum, attend your event, or purchase from your museum’s gift store.

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News From Member Museums

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Gilmore Car Museum – Hickory Corners, Mich.

The Gilmore Car Museum, located just northeast of Kalamazoo, Mich. in Hickory Corners, has announced the “Gilmore Promise”. Effective immediately, the Museum—considered “America Signature Collection”— has introduced free admission for all K-12 school groups, special discounted family rates, and an extension of their Youth admission rate to include those up to 17 years of age. Inclusive by design, the “Gilmore Promise” represents the Gilmore Car Museum’s commitment to making learning exciting and accessible to everyone in the community, giving families and educators alike the ability to experience and visit the Museum, when they may not have had the means to before.

National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Ky.

Get lost in the GPS Adventures Maze and learn how to find your way using GPS! Running from January 13, 2014 through May 4, 2014, the National Corvette Museum presents their “GPS Adventures” exhibit, an interactive look into traditional and modern navigation. Kids and their families can explore the ways that GPS is used, find out where the technology is heading in the future, and discover geocaching, a family-friendly treasure hunting game in the great outdoors. The Museum is open daily, 8am-5pm CST and the exhibit is included with regular Museum admission. $10 adults, $5 kids age 6-16, student and group rates available. Info: 270-781-7973, www.corvettemuseum.org/exhibits/gps.shtml

Seal Cove Auto Museum – Seal Cove, Maine

On December 12, 2013, the Seal Cove Auto Museum participated in a Downton Abbey themed event in Portland, Maine for Maine Public Broadcasting Network donors. The Glasers, pictured, dressed according to theme and showed a 1928 Rolls-Royce Twenty Boat Tail, the company’s “small car” for the 1920s. Only the chassis and mechanical parts were actually made by Rolls-Royce; the body was made and fitted by a coachbuilder selected by the owner.

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