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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
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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

Let us know what’s happening at your museum. Email Kristy Ketterman at kristy.ketterman@gmail.com with your latest news.

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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NAAM E-News – October 2013, Volume 14, Issue 3

January 10, 2014 in Newsletter

In This Issue

President’s Message

By Jacky Frady

For museums that operate on a calendar year, you are putting finishing touches on your budget, business plan, exhibit and program calendars, and identifying objectives and developing tactics to meet your goals.

Please include NAAM in your goal setting, for example:

  1. Attend the 2014 Conference.
  2. Enter several projects in the NAAMY Awards Competition.
  3. Apply for a conference scholarship.
  4. Participate regularly in the forum on the NAAM website.
  5. Become more involved in NAAM through a committee or leadership position.

Next step, identify the tactics to accomplish your goals:

  1. Budget conference expenses, schedule your calendar to attend the conference (see the conference article for dates and fees), and develop a work plan to accommodate this time away from your museum.
  2. Select the NAAMY Award categories to enter, outline entry steps and needs, set completion dates, and outline a plan to promote the awards you win.
  3. Watch for scholarship announcements, thoughtfully complete the application, and mark your calendar to submit it before the deadline (to be determined).
  4. Set reminders in your outlook calendar to check the forum on a regular basis and participate.
  5. Schedule dates to explore opportunities to increase involvement, reach out to NAAM committee chairs and Board members (see www.naam.museum for contact info), and share your ideas.

Just like you, goal setting is a primary goal of the NAAM Board of Directors at this time. We sincerely thank our 36 members who participated in the Member Interest Survey and sharied information to help make NAAM better. In preparation of our Strategic Planning Meeting that is quickly approaching, we are reviewing survey results, our current Strategic Plan, our progress with this plan, and current committee projects and goals. We look forward to developing a new Strategic Plan that will guide our efforts and ensure NAAM remains relevant and meaningful to our members.

As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with me. I welcome and appreciate your input.

2014 Annual Conference

NAAM and the World Forum

Be sure to mark your calendars for the joint 2014 Conference with NAAM and the World Forum for Motor Museums, which will be held at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, from March 25 through 29, 2014.

The theme will be “Attracting New Audiences” and there will be three days of sessions with topics ranging in scope from vehicle conservation and preservation to media relations and reaching non-auto enthusiast visitors. In addition, two days of field trips will take us up the Pacific Coast Highway and along the streets and boulevards that once made up the beginning of historic Route 66.

We are now in the process of finalizing the seminars that will make our gathering both timely and relevant so please contact Leslie Kendall at the Petersen Automotive Museum (lkendall@petersen.org) if you would like to submit a last-minute idea for a paper, presentation, or panel discussion.

The registration fee will be $500 for delegates and $350 for delegates’ guests who will join us at the dinners, receptions, and tours, but not the sessions. This fee will cover the cost of select meals, conference materials and handouts, daily shuttles to and from hotels, offsite tour transportation, and access to the Petersen Museum hospitality suite.

Because it will be a “joint” conference, participants from both the World Forum and NAAM will attend all of the same events at the same time. This will allow for maximum interaction among the delegates and provide a rare opportunity to liaison with your colleagues from around the world without having to leave the country! On-line registration will be available soon so watch for periodic updates.

We hope to see everyone in California next March and will keep you informed as our plans for this landmark event continue to unfold.

2014 NAAMY Awards Competition

As 2013 starts coming to a close, this is a good time to start planning your entries for our upcoming competition. The NAAMY Awards brochure and entry form are not out yet, but you can review last’s year information on the NAAM website, www.naam.museum. Select the categories you want to enter, gather support materials as outlined in the guidelines, and begin drafting points pertinent to your entry narrative. A NAAMY Awards offer many benefits from offering the incentives to improve your programs to illustrating the excellent work your museum is producing.

Website Forum

What Forum? Hopefully, that’s not what you said when you looked at the title of this article. It’s the forum on the NAAM website. Check it daily, answer questions posed by your NAAM colleagues, offer your advice, and use it as a resource tool to help you with your job. If you do that, the forum will become one of NAAM’s most important benefits. Please make the forum part of your daily routine, perhaps, right after checking emails. Terry Ernest, the NAAM Board member who managed the development of our new website and forum, knows the benefit of association forums.

Terry Ernest joined a business association to receive benefits of mass buying for his retail business. He was looking for a cost savings, but what he found was remarkable asset – a forum. Here he could ask questions and receive input from experts in his field. There were multiple answers that offered difference perspectives. These opinions contributed significantly to the success of his business.

If you feel like you are faced with too much work, too few resources and you are wearing too many hats, then your time is precious and obviously very limited. With the forum, you can find helpful information by simply setting at your desk and using your keyboard. What an effective way to broaden your resources. Give it a try.

As Terry has said, “This is where the power of your membership will be realized. But to make it work, we all must be involved. Please go to our new website, www.naam.museum, and log into the forum area. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or provide your answer to someone else’s questions. To get the greatest value from your NAAM membership, log into the forum and contribute every day!”

Did you forget your login information? If so, contact Lisa Panko at lpanko@automuseum.org.

Curatorial News

A Century of the Automobile Assembly Line

By Matt Anderson
Curator of Transportation
The Henry Ford

It’s been a busy year at The Henry Ford. Not only are we commemorating the 150th anniversary of our namesake’s birth (Ford was born on July 30, 1863), we’re also marking the centennial of Ford Motor Company’s seminal Highland Park assembly line. Over much of 1913 and into the early months of 1914, Henry Ford and his associates combined the standardization of interchangeable parts with the subdivision of labor and the fluidity of work moving to workers. What they discovered in the process was the key to production figures previously unimaginable, and a force that continues to drive global industry today.

Fittingly, the Ford assembly line had its “spark” in the Model T’s magneto generator. Somewhere around April 1, 1913, flywheel magnetos were placed on moving lines in the Highland Park plant. Instead of one worker completing one flywheel in some 20 minutes, a group of workers stood along a waist-high platform. Each worker assembled some small piece of the flywheel and then slid it along to the next person. One whole flywheel came off the line every 13 minutes. With further tweaking, the assembly line produced a finished flywheel magneto in just five minutes.

We can only imagine the excitement that came with this “eureka” moment. Ford soon adapted the assembly line to engines, and then transmissions, and, in August 1913, to complete chassis. The crude “slide” method was replaced with chain-driven delivery systems that not only reduced handling but also regulated work speed. By early 1914, the various separate production lines had fused into three continuous lines able to churn out a finished Model T every 93 minutes – an extraordinary improvement over the 12½ hours per car under the old stationary assembly methods.

There’s no greater measure of the assembly line’s efficiencies than the result it had on the Model T’s price. While the car was a good value when introduced in 1908 for $850, by the early 1920s Ford was able to drop the price to a mere $260 for a two-seat runabout. Lower prices increased demand, and the resulting feedback loop yielded 15 million cars built and sold by the time Model T production ended in 1927.
The assembly line’s anniversary is a reminder that automobile museums preserve much more than automobiles. We are also the custodians of significant social and technological concepts that, despite their tremendous influence, cannot be fully shared through physical objects alone. While a finished Model T, an industrial milling machine, or an employee badge might tell parts of the assembly line’s story, it is up to us as curators, directors and collections managers to preserve and interpret the whole. So long as we do, the automobile’s larger influence on American life and progress will remain relevant to changing audiences. One hundred years later, the assembly line remains a powerful industrial force. It is our task to share the origins and inspiration that brought that force to light a century ago.

News from Member Museums

 National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Ky.

motor cycle exhibit

Corvettes may be the best thing on four wheels, but what about our two-wheel friends? Running from September 21 through January 3, the National Corvette Museum presents “Two-Wheel Speed,” a unique exhibit featuring over 40 amazing motorcycles of various makes, models and eras. The bikes on display range from the classic American Harley to foreign bikes such as Kawasakis and Yamahas.

Learn more about this exhibit, running through January 3, online here: http://www.corvettemuseum.org/exhibits/motorcycle.shtml

Studebaker Museum – South Bend, Ind.

Capehart Jukebox

The Studebaker National Museum has opened a special Exhibit about Notre Dame’s most famous coach, Knute Rockne, and his connection as celebrity sales representative for the Studebaker Corporation.  Mr. Rockne was perhaps the first superstar ever associated with the Notre Dame football team. This exhibit will run through December 1, 2013 and will examine the relationships between Studebaker, Knute Rockne and the University of Notre Dame from 1928 until Rockne’s untimely death in 1931.

In addition to their new Knute Rockne exhibit, the Museum has recently received a new addition to their glamorous galleries. A 1930 Capehart Amperion 110 Jukebox (with radio) now resides in the Museum with cars from its era on its first-floor gallery.

This Capehart Amperion 110 utilizes a mechanism that changes and flips 78 rpm records automatically. Capehart’s unique design allowed for the user to listen to hours of music without having to change the record player manually each time it finished a record. This player was the absolute ultimate experience for music lovers, at that time.

World of Speed Museum – Portland, Ore.

World of Speed, a new experiential motorsports exposition being developed in the Portland, Ore. area has retained the services of renowned local designer, Eric Black. A Portland native, Eric is a trained architect, but makes his living designing automobiles for clients such as Freightliner and TV personality, Jesse James. He is currently working on vehicles for a major movie project.

“World of Speed will be a new type of experience,” said Executive Director Tony Thacker. “Eric is the perfect guy to oversee its design. We felt that Eric’s blend of an architectural background coupled with his obvious passion for automobiles would enable him to bring a unique perspective to World of Speed” continued Thacker. “It’s not often that one finds a designer with such diverse experience that can talk the hot rod language. We’re very excited to have him on board.”
Anticipated to open in 2014, World of Speed will be a new type of automotive experience that combines the excitement and passion of historic racecars with education.

Murphy Auto Museum – Oxnard, Calif.

Murphy
From October through December, the Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, Calif. will feature a display of the Chevrolet Corvette, America’s Sports car. The exhibit will feature various models including a 1960, 1964, 1966, 1069 and a 1986. Many pieces of Corvette memorabilia will also be on display.

In addition to their new Corvette exhibit, the Museum will also have a display of Brewster Moseley “Auto Portraits from the Past.” For up to date information on what’s happening at the Murphy Auto Museum, please visit them on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Murphy-Auto-Museum/172995117690

Wheels O’ Time Museum – Dunlap, Ill.

World museum fall festival

The Wheels O’ Time Museum in Dunlap, Ill., had an excellent summer season with a significant increase of visitors, capped off by a successful Fall Festival event in October. In early spring, the new workshop and display building was completed, making room for a large workshop as well as a display area for a new partner of the Museum, the local Early Ford V-8 Club. The building was the pet project of the Museum’s Vice President, Jack Seamon, who passed away in February.

The main project in the new facility is the restoration of the Peoria Fire Department’s 1931 Ahrens Fox Fire Pumper, with the aid of the Heart of Illinois Fire Enthusiasts and Collectors, also a new partner club. A recent exhibit in the Ford section was a 1927 Ford Touring from Bradford, Ill., in which six young women toured the country for six years prior to World War II. They named the car the “Silver Streak” and themselves the “Gypsy Coeds.” This group of ladies was even lucky enough to meet and have lunch with Henry Ford himself.

On October 5, the Wheels O’ Time Museum held their annual Fall Festival event. The festival brought out a large crowd who all came to see antique and modern fire trucks, a blacksmith shop, working mini steam engines, music, food and more. Shown is a beautiful 1925 Chevrolet Fire Truck restored by one of our volunteers, at the Festival.

The museum will close for the season on November 1.

November 2013

November 15, 2013 in Newsletter

President’s Message

Jacky Frady

Dear Member,

For museums that operate on a calendar year, you are putting finishing touches on your budget, business plan, exhibit and program calendars, and identifying objectives and developing tactics to meet your goals.

Please include NAAM in your goal setting, for example:

  1. Attend the 2014 Conference.
  2. Enter several projects in the NAAMY Awards Competition.
  3. Apply for a conference scholarship.
  4. Participate regularly in the forum on the NAAM website.
  5. Become more involved in NAAM through a committee or leadership position.

Next step, identify the tactics to accomplish your goals:

  1. Budget conference expenses, schedule your calendar to attend the conference (see the conference article for dates and fees), and develop a work plan to accommodate this time away from your museum.
  2. Select the NAAMY Award categories to enter, outline entry steps and needs, set completion dates, and outline a plan to promote the awards you win.
  3. Watch for scholarship announcements, thoughtfully complete the application, and mark your calendar to submit it before the deadline (to be determined).
  4. Set reminders in your outlook calendar to check the forum on a regular basis and participate.
  5. Schedule dates to explore opportunities to increase involvement, reach out to NAAM committee chairs and Board members (see www.naam.museum for contact info), and share your ideas.

Just like you, goal setting is a primary goal of the NAAM Board of Directors at this time. We sincerely thank our 36 members who participated in the Member Interest Survey and sharied information to help make NAAM better. In preparation of our Strategic Planning Meeting that is quickly approaching, we are reviewing survey results, our current Strategic Plan, our progress with this plan, and current committee projects and goals. We look forward to developing a new Strategic Plan that will guide our efforts and ensure NAAM remains relevant and meaningful to our members.

As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with me. I welcome and appreciate your input.

Jackie Frady

2014 Annual Conference

NAAM and the World Forum

Be sure to mark your calendars for the joint 2014 Conference with NAAM and the World Forum for Motor Museums, which will be held at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, from March 25 through 29, 2014.

The theme will be “Attracting New Audiences” and there will be three days of sessions with topics ranging in scope from vehicle conservation and preservation to media relations and reaching non-auto enthusiast visitors. In addition, two days of field trips will take us up the Pacific Coast Highway and along the streets and boulevards that once made up the beginning of historic Route 66.

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2014 NAMMY Awards Competition

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

[Read More]

Website Forum

What Forum? Hopefully, that’s not what you said when you looked at the title of this article. It’s the forum on the NAAM website. Check it daily, answer questions posed by your NAAM colleagues, offer your advice, and use it as a resource tool to help you with your job. If you do that, the forum will become one of NAAM’s most important benefits. Please make the forum part of your daily routine, perhaps, right after checking emails. Terry Ernest, the NAAM Board member who managed the development of our new website and forum, knows the benefit of association forums.

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Curatorial News

By Matt Anderson, Curator of Transportation, The Henry Ford

A Century of the Automobile Assembly Line

It’s been a busy year at The Henry Ford. Not only are we commemorating the 150th anniversary of our namesake’s birth (Ford was born on July 30, 1863), we’re also marking the centennial of Ford Motor Company’s seminal Highland Park assembly line. Over much of 1913 and into the early months of 1914, Henry Ford and his associates combined the standardization of interchangeable parts with the subdivision of labor and the fluidity of work moving to workers. What they discovered in the process was the key to production figures previously unimaginable, and a force that continues to drive global industry today.

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News From Member Museums

Let us know what’s happening at your museum. Email Kristy Ketterman at kristy.ketterman@gmail.com with your latest news.

National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Ky.

 

 

Corvettes may be the best thing on four wheels, but what about our two-wheel friends? Running from September 21 through January 3, the National Corvette Museum presents “Two-Wheel Speed,” a unique exhibit featuring over 40 amazing motorcycles of various makes, models and eras. The bikes on display range from the classic American Harley to foreign bikes such as Kawasakis and Yamahas.

Learn more about this exhibit, running through January 3,
online here: www.corvettemuseum.org/exhibits/motorcycle.shtml

Studebaker Museum – South Bend, Ind.

 

 

The Studebaker National Museum has opened a special Exhibit about Notre Dame’s most famous coach, Knute Rockne, and his connection as celebrity sales representative for the Studebaker Corporation. Mr. Rockne was perhaps the first superstar ever associated with the Notre Dame football team. This exhibit will run through December 1, 2013 and will examine the relationships between Studebaker, Knute Rockne and the University of Notre Dame from 1928 until Rockne’s untimely death in 1931.

[Read More]

World of Speed – Wilsonville, Ore.

World of Speed, a new experiential motorsports exposition being developed in the Portland, Ore. area has retained the services of renowned local designer, Eric Black. A Portland native, Eric is a trained architect, but makes his living designing automobiles for clients such as Freightliner and TV personality, Jesse James. He is currently working on vehicles for a major movie project.

[Read More]

Murphy Auto Museum – Oxnard, Calif.

 

 

From October through December, the Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, Calif. will feature a display of the Chevrolet Corvette, America’s Sports car. The exhibit will feature various models including a 1960, 1964, 1966, 1069 and a 1986. Many pieces of Corvette memorabilia will also be on display.

In addition to their new Corvette exhibit, the Museum will also have a display of Brewster Moseley “Auto Portraits from the Past.” For up to date information on what’s happening at the Murphy Auto Museum, please visit them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Murphy-Auto-Museum/172995117690

Wheels O’ Time Museum – Dunlap, Ill.

 

 

The Wheels O’ Time Museum in Dunlap, Ill., had an excellent summer season with a significant increase of visitors, capped off by a successful Fall Festival event in October. In early spring, the new workshop and display building was completed, making room for a large workshop as well as a display area for a new partner of the Museum, the local Early Ford V-8 Club. The building was the pet project of the Museum’s Vice President, Jack Seamon, who passed away in February.

[Read More]

August 2013

August 15, 2013 in Newsletter

President’s Message

Jacky Frady

Dear Member,

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

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

Strategic Planning

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

I Want to Hear From You

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

What are the most important services NAAM offers?

What other services would you like NAAM to offer?

NAAM E-News

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

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

Jackie Frady

2013 Annual Conference

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


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

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

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2013 Naamy Award Winners


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

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

[Read More]

2013 Conference Scholarship Recipients

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

[Read More]

Enter 2014 Nammy Award Competition

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

[Read More]

Website Forum

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

[Read More]

Reciprocal Admission Program

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

[Read More]

Curatorial News

By Aaron Warkentin, Curator, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Making Our Cars Matter: Contextualizing Your Automobile Collection

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

[Read More]

Marketing News

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

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

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

[Read More]

Retail Opportunity

Sparta Pewter

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

[Read More]

Document Authentication

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

[Read More]

News From Member Museums

Let us know what’s happening at your museum. Email Kristy Ketterman at kristy.ketterman@gmail.com with your latest news.

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

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

[Read More]

LeMay Family Collection Foundation – Tacoma, Wash.

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

Unser Racing Museum – Albuquerque, N.M.

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

World of Speed – Wilsonville, Ore.

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

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

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British Transportation Museum – Dayton, Ohio

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

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California Automobile Museum – Sacramento, Calif.

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

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Gilmore Car Museum – Hickory Corners, Mich.

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

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

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Saratoga Automobile Museum, Saratoga Springs, Ny.

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

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Veit Automotive Foundation – Monticello, Minn.

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

Simeon Foundation Automobile Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.

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

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Tailfin Automotive Museum – Austell, Ga.

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

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

City Garage Car Museum – Greeneville, Tenn.

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

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant – Detroit, Mich.

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

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National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Ky.

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

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July 2013

July 15, 2013 in Newsletter

President’s Message

Jacky Frady

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

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

Strategic Planning

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

I Want to Hear From You

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

What are the most important services NAAM offers?

What other services would you like NAAM to offer?

NAAM E-News

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

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

Jackie Frady

2013 Annual Conference

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

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

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

[Read More]

2013 Naamy Award Winners

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

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

[Read More]

2013 Conference Scholarship Recipients

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

[Read More]

Enter 2014 Nammy Award Competition

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

[Read More]

Website Forum

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

[Read More]

Reciprocal Admission Program

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

[Read More]

Curatorial News

By Aaron Warkentin, Curator, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Making Our Cars Matter: Contextualizing Your Automobile Collection

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

[Read More]

Marketing News

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

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

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

[Read More]

Retail Opportunity

Sparta Pewter

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

[Read More]

Document Authentication

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

[Read More]

News From Member Museums

Let us know what’s happening at your museum. Email Kristy Ketterman at kristy.ketterman@gmail.com with your latest news.

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

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

[Read More]

LeMay Family Collection Foundation – Tacoma, Wash.

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

Unser Racing Museum – Albuquerque, N.M.

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

World of Speed – Wilsonville, Ore.

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

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

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British Transportation Museum – Dayton, Ohio

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

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California Automobile Museum – Sacramento, Calif.

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

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Gilmore Car Museum – Hickory Corners, Mich.

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

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

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Saratoga Automobile Museum, Saratoga Springs, Ny.

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

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Veit Automotive Foundation – Monticello, Minn.

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

Simeon Foundation Automobile Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.

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

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Tailfin Automotive Museum – Austell, Ga.

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

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

City Garage Car Museum – Greeneville, Tenn.

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

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant – Detroit, Mich.

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

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National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Ky.

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

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