NAAM E-NEWS – October 2014, Volume 16, Issue 4
In This Issue
- President’s Message
- Mission Statement Same as last issue
- Job Opportunity with NAAM
- Why You Should Join the American Alliance of Museums
- 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
By: Terry Ernest
Along with my duties at the Wills Sainte Claire Auto Museum, I belong to a lot of car clubs. The common theme that I hear discussed at many meetings is “how do we get young people interested in our hobby?”
One club that never seems to have a shortage of young people is the antique fire engine club, SPAAMFAA (SOCIETY for the PRESERVATION & APPRECIATION of ANTIQUE MOTOR FIRE APPARATUS in AMERICA). Whenever I attend their outings, there is an abundance of kids (on up to the young-at-heart) involved and at their activities. So how do they do it? Perhaps it is part of their culture to be open to children/youth to the point that they are not only accepted at activities, but openly welcome. They are encouraged to participate with their parents by riding on the trucks, waving flags in parades, participating in games, etc. What I don’t often hear at fire truck musters is: “Don’t touch that!” When we look at this from a museum’s standpoint this is certainly a challenge as curators would not appreciate every visitor touching items in the collection that would certainly damage them over time and repeated contact. So this begs the question: “How do we, the member museums of NAAM, create and foster youth interaction now so that they will become active patrons in the future?”
The answer is that there is not any single solution to this problem. However, I suspect that within the talented membership of NAAM there exist many answers. Answers that would benefit your museum. So how do we get all these solutions? By sharing our cumulative information on the NAAM website Forum. Here we can list what your museum is doing to stimulate children to be active participants and glean information to make your programs better. What are you doing currently to encourage the younger audience to enjoy their visit and want to return? Whether your program can be described in a few words or many, please share it with your fellow members. I have created a place to post your info on the NAAM website Forum at: http://www.naam.museum/forums/topic/what-are-you-doing-to-encourage-younger-visitors/
Please share your information and read what your fellow museums are doing to stimulate the next generation of visitors.
If I may be of assistance, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: email@example.com
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By Judith Endelman
Treasurer of NAAM
The glow of conversation, collegiality and comradeship of the recent NAAM annual meeting is still a warm memory when your board chair approaches you with a great idea. To make your museum more attractive to young families, a local donor wants to help you open a petting zoo right inside the galleries, using some of the old cars as homes for the cute, furry animals he is going to provide to the museum. He figures that the revenue from selling bags of feeding pellets, photo ops, and the babies the animals will start producing should add a substantial amount to your bottom line. Of course, there might be some additional expenses to support the program, but you can figure that out later. [ READ MORE ]
You try not to panic as your mind starts racing, but who are you gonna’ call? If you were a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the answer would be obvious. You would run, not walk, to your computer and log in to the Resource Library on AAM’s website (aam-us.org). Once there, you would start marshaling your arguments against the petting zoo by looking through the information on Collections Stewardship, Facilities and Risk Management, Financial Standards, and Governance (maybe that chairman needs to go, or just get some museum management education). You should definitely download a copy of National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museums for him (free for AAM members).
Hopefully, your NAAM colleagues who belong to AAM (there are 25 of them) have never faced a proposal for a petting zoo, but they have turned to AAM for help solving lots of other problems.
Here are some examples of why AAM members don’t see how they could get through the day without having access to AAM’s resources:
“The AAM website is the first place I go when I’m facing a potential ethical issue, a collection management quandary or some other puzzle I’m trying to solve.”
“With a goal of becoming an accredited museum someday, we are always focused on museum best practices. The AAM website is our “go to” resource when we are making changes and implementing new procedures.”
As Mary Ann Porinchak, executive director of the National Packard Museum and NAAM president-elect commented, “I don’t know how I managed so many years without an AAM membership.”
See what Mary Ann means. Find that letter you got from AAM a few months ago (or go to aam-us.org/membership) and join today.
Know When to Run: A Case Study in Returning a Collection Car to Operation
As we all know, there is a lively and continuing debate on the subject of operating collection vehicles. On one hand, operation is an inherently damaging process that wears original fabric. On the other hand, an operating automobile is a multi-sensory experience more engaging to the visitor than a static display. Operating a collection car is a large commitment of time and resources. But stationary vehicles have their own maintenance needs, and sitting still causes its own wear. There is no easy or universal answer to the question, which explains its persistence.
In the winter and spring of 2014, staff and volunteers at The Henry Ford returned a 1905 Franklin Type A runabout to operating condition for our annual Old Car Festival. While our project won’t settle the debate, it may provide a useful model.
We have 260 cars in our collection. We do not operate every one – or even a significant portion of them. Resources are limited, and some cars are simply too precious to drive. So how do we decide what to run? We look for two things: 1.) Something that underwent a pervious restoration (the heavier the better), and 2.) Something out of the ordinary.
Generally, restored cars already have had many of their original components removed and replaced. We are not violating original fabric or destroying a period document in the course of our work. When the car is unusual, we offer something special for our guests and gain more value from our efforts. For example, we get as many as 200 Ford Model A participants at Old Car Festival. We wouldn’t gain much in adding a museum A to the mix.
The 1905 Franklin was an ideal candidate. The donor performed a thorough restoration in the 1950s, and we generally have fewer than ten Franklins at our event. Furthermore, the air-cooled engine is a technical novelty that sparks visitors’ curiosity. While our Franklin hadn’t been operated in many years, it had been properly de-commissioned and kept in a safe climate. Even though Franklin was never a major seller, it’s far from obscure. The marque has an enthusiast club that produces a robust newsletter and preserves vintage catalogs and manuals. (Indeed, the H.H. Franklin Club was vitally – and eagerly – cooperative in our project. Many thanks to its members!)
The work itself was as trouble-free as we could hope. The tires needed replacement, a valve job was necessary, and the unusual vacuum oiling system required some experimentation but, beyond that, all was smooth. Our dedicated volunteer team, largely working one day a week, had the car up and running within four months. The Franklin performed flawlessly at Old Car Festival and was the centerpiece of a well-received presentation for our visitors.
We’ll probably never reach complete consensus on whether to run historic automobiles. But if we are thoughtful in selecting the cars we do operate, then we can strike a compromise that provides considerable benefit to our visitors with minimal detriment to our artifacts.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
AACA Museum – Hershey, Penn.
The Cammack Tucker collection is being housed permanently in a dedicated 5,200 square foot gallery in the AACA Museum that will not only showcase the cars themselves, but will also chronicle Preston Tucker’s life and history before and after the fabled Tucker ’48. The “Night at the Museum” event on October 8 introduced Phase 1 of the exhibit, as despite all attempts, the necessary funds to construct all of the original design elements have not been raised at this time. The AACA Museum seeks to continue raising funds to provide additional interactive elements to enhance the exhibit over time.
“The AACA Museum intended from the very start of the design discussion that we would educate our guests about Tucker’s process and determination to create something special,” stated Lizewskie. “We listened carefully to input David Cammack and his family provided us, and we were quite pleased to learn that it mirrored our vision. The end result needed to be something that would complement our stunning displays that are already through the Museum. Being a permanent display, we knew the Cammack Tucker Gallery had to be fantastic right from the start.”
Preston Tucker’s family, including grandson John Jr. and great-grandsons Mike and Sean Tucker, has also endorsed the project, expressing their willingness to act as historical advisors. Sean Tucker was elated to be a crucial part of the exhibit. “The effort being put forth by the AACA team in the presentation of the Cammack Tucker collection is not only an honor to the tucker family but also to the man who had an amazing passion to preserve the history of the Tucker story”, exclaimed Sean Tucker. “As a member of the Tucker family it is truly a privilege to serve as a Historical Advisor to this exciting endeavor.
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – Auburn, Ind.
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is thrilled to announce the newest acquisition to its collection, a Cord L-29 scale model. The model was donated to the museum by Errett Lobban Cord’s grandson, Charles E. Cord, II. Mr. Cord’s idea for a low-slung, front-drive car came alive in the Cord L-29 automobile, for which production began in 1929. This beautifully constructed scale model of the car was made by Elgin National Watch Company and was given as a gift to E. L. Cord by Auburn Automobile Company factory and administrative workers. The museum is pleased to add this rare object to its collection. It will help to tell the story of the Cord L-29 automobile and the people that created it.
British Transportation Museum – Dayton, Ohio
Thrilled to be part of the Triumph Register of American (TRA) National Meet at Deer Creek State Park in Mount Sterling, Ohio, the British Transportation Museum (BTM) sponsored the Participant’s Choice Best of Show Award and displayed a 1960 Peerless GT. Based in Dayton, Ohio, the BTM is operated by President, Peter Stroble, and Vice President, Mike Barton. Both journeyed to Deer Creek State Park to showcase the Museum’s 1960 Peerless GT with a Triumph engine and transmission.
Cadillac & LaSalle Club Museum – West Bloomfield, Mich.
The Cadillac & LaSalle Club (CLC) has found a new permanent location for its museum and research center as part of the campus at the Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. The facility’s grand opening event was held on September 28, marking the culmination of the weekend’s Cadillac Fall Festival. [ READ MORE ]
The new facility will take on the exterior look of a contemporary Cadillac dealership and will serve as a showcase for the museum’s collections, exhibits and other artifacts. At an initial size of 10,000 square feet, the building will offer ample display room for the museum’s assemblage of historically significant Cadillac and La Salle models (which stretch from 1903 to 2003), as well as a fully equipped auto prep garage. With the ability to expand the facility up to 23,000 square feet, future expansion should not pose any issues.
California Automobile Museum – Sacramento, Calif.
The California Automobile Museum is pleased to announce its first People-to-People Trip to Cuba. This 9 day/8 night travel experience will be a unique blend of Cuban cars and culture. It is estimated that Cuba has approximately 60,000 classic American cars still in working condition and participants will meet with the owners of these cars to understand the level of ingenuity required to maintain these automotive treasures. This is a special opportunity to experience this island lost in time while exchanging thoughts and ideas with the Cuban people.
For more complete information, please see the California Automobile Museum Events Page
Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation – Kingman, Ariz.
The Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation (HEVF) opened its first International Electric Vehicle Museum in Kingman, Ariz. on August 15 in conjunction with the Route 66 International Festival being held there. The theme for this year’s festival was ‘The Crossroads of the Past and the Future’. At the three day opening, the museum was visited by people from 28 states and 20 countries making it a truly international event. The name chosen for HEVF’s very first electric vehicle (EV) museum, the only one in the world solely dedicated to electric vehicles, was the ‘Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum’.
Le-May – America’s Car Museum – Tacoma, Wash.
Just in time for Halloween, America’s Car Museum will have on display for the month of October the Fobes “Tomb for Two”. Just as the The Munster Koach was the Munster’s family touring car and The Dragula was Grandpa Munster’s race car, the “Tomb for Two” is creator Mike Fobes’ interpretation of the Munsters’ family sports car. The Dragula and the Munster Koach were creations by famed automotive customizer George Barris for the 1960s TV show, “The Munsters”. The “Tomb for Two” is a car Mike says that “Herman and Lilly could drive on a moonlit night together, past the corn fields, the crematoriums and the graveyards…all the romantic stuff”. [ READ MORE ]
The “Tomb for Two” is powered by a Clevor 302 and C4 Transmission. The Custom Coachwork was created from two real steel coffins (new, not used, yet). True to the vintage hot-rod ethic, the mechanical fuel injection system is straight out of the world of dragsters. The chassis is custom-welded utilizing a 1926 Ford Model-T suicide (what else?) front end. The baffled pipe-organ exhausts further set the tone. If you look closely, you will see that the passenger coffin is signed by George Barris himself. Throughout “Tomb for Two” you will find spider webs, skulls and other creepy details. The skull lamp low beams shine through the mouth of the skulls and the high beams shine through the eyes. The car has been featured in many publications; most recently it was a “Heavy Metal Affliction” feature car in X-Box Forza Motorsports.
Mike Fobes is a master builder, fabricator and mechanic. He is a married father of two from Auburn, Washington who holds seven Master credentials from ASE and has earned more than 50 certifications. He is in the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit. Currently, when he’s not working in his shop, he is an instructor at Renton Technical College, in Renton, Wash.
National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Ky.
The National Corvette Museum opened a 186-acre motorsports facility directly across Interstate 65 from the Museum in August. The facility consists of a 3.15 mile road course which can be arranged into four different configurations as well as a 22-acre autocross / skidpad / paddock area. Plans for 2015 include a pavilion/concession area with day garages and control tower with classrooms, meeting space and offices. The facility offers high performance drivers’ education, rentals to all makes and models of automotive groups for racing, corporate hospitality, manufacturers testing, emergency vehicles drivers training and more. Visit www.motorsportspark.org to learn more.
NHRA Motorsports Museum – Pomona, Calif.
The NHRA Motorsports Museum recently opened their new Chrisman Brinker Gallery of Speed which will be dedicated to Art Chrisman on November 15 during the 50th NHRA Auto Club Finals at the historic Auto Club Raceway adjacent to the Museum.
The Museum also recently held their 2nd Annual New England Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at the historic New England Dragway in Epping, N.H. The event was quite successful and featured three days of nostalgic drag racing, displays of vintage race cars, hot rods and classic cars, a vintage speed parts swap meet and a reception honoring our Grand Marshal and other honorees.
On October 23, the Museum is hosting the Annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California.
The Pontiac-Oakland Museum just held their 3rd annual All Pontiac Cruise & Show on September 20-21 with help from club members of the GTO Association of America. This event, with the help of the GTOAA and the City of Pontiac has really grown and is taking on its own unique personality. Held on the third weekend of every September, it has become a great way to get Pontiac fans to the museum and has turned into a major fundraiser for the Museum. [ READ MORE ]
Saturday began with a tour of the museum shop/garage, old gas stations and a private collection. Later, Bill Porter, former chief designer of the Pontiac Design Studio spoke, followed by a catered meal and a performance by the Vermillion Players.
On Sunday the entire downtown was blocked off as the Museum, located right on the square became the center of all the activities. There were 225 Pontiacs of all vintages and models on display. In addition to the downtown restaurants, the Museum sold pizza and soda under a tent, had a 50/50, raffled a beautiful Chief Pontiac stained glass piece and had a commemorative card for our special guest speaker to sign, all to raise money for the Museum. The gift shop was busy all weekend, with steady business all day Sunday.
The Seal Cove Auto Museum will be celebrating Halloween in style for an entire week at the end of October with a special “Spooky” exhibit of ghouls and goblins creeping around the unique collection of rare Brass Era cars and motorcycles. The event will also celebrate the closing of a very successful season premiering the new “Motoring Into the 20th Century” exhibit, which explores the rapid industrial and cultural growth that occurred at the dawn of the 20th century and role in which the auto industry played in that change. The celebrations will open with a Haunted House on the evening of October 24, and throughout the following week there will be guided tours, tasty treats, terrifying trimmings, ghoulish games, grab-bags for kids in costume and more.
Swigart Museum – Huntington, Penn.
The 2014 season has been a busy and exciting one for the William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum, located three miles East of Huntington, Penn.
A pre-season “Open House” for Museum members to see the upgrades and new displays put in place over the off-season months was held on May 4 and kicked off the 2014 season with enthusiasm. The official opening of the season began May 24, with the Memorial Day weekend celebration. In addition to its regular daily hours of operation, the Swigart Museum offered many special events and activities. [ READ MORE ]
New this year, the Museum has been the host site for a “Kars and Koffee” gathering on Saturday mornings. Owners of antique, classic, muscle and other older vehicles gather for coffee and conversation and to show off their automobile “jewels”. The weekly event draws vehicles from the central Pennsylvania area and each gathering lasts approximately two hours. The Museum has made many new friends through these informal get-togethers.
For the third consecutive year, from May 24 through September 1, the Swigart Museum was a proud participant in the Blue Star Museums program for active-duty military and their family members.
In June, the Museum hosted the Tucker Automobile Club’s national convention and served as convention headquarters. During the three-day event, attendees, in addition to seeing “up close and personal” the Museum’s two Tuckers – the 1947 Tucker Prototype, “Tin Goose,” and the 1948 Tucker #1013 – and the other “stars” in the Museum collection, they also toured the private car collection of a Museum member in Huntingdon; visited Isett Acres Heritage Museum; also in Huntingdon; drove to Penns Cave, America’s only all-water cavern, and Wildlife Park; and enjoyed a dinner cruise on Raystown Lake.
From a 1908 Brush Runabout to a 1999 Plymouth Prowler, the 45th Swigart Museum Meet, held August 8-10, was the gathering place for many, various makes and types of beautiful cars. Ones of the special attractions was Jennerstown Speedway’s race car simulator. The Chevrolet race car was equipped with a computer similar so that “drivers” could get behind the wheel of a race car and, through the simulator, experience driving laps in a race. The Meet concluded with a dinner cruise on Raystown Lake.
We have heard some grim stories about auto museums lately, from cars falling into a sink hole and an arsonist setting a fire. The Wheels O’ Time Museum has a funny story for you. [ READ MORE ]
To set the stage: to the south of the museum is a Beverly Hills type of two story dental clinic. To get to it one must turn off the four lane highway in front and take a frontage road that circles the museum property 270 degrees; Not an obvious route for many dental patients in pain. On the south side of the property adjacent to the frontage road there is several hundred feet of railroad track where sits their one hundred year plus train. When the Museum is open, a railroad crossing signal flashes a red warning light in the parking lot.
Recently a dentist from the clinic was visiting the museum with his family. He told Museum staff about a telephone call from one of his patients worried that he was going to be late to his appointment because of being delayed by the train and wanted to know when it was going to leave. The things you hear…
Wisconsin Auto Museum – Hartford, Wisc.
The Wisconsin Automotive Museum brought back two awards from the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance held at Veteran’s Park on the lakefront. Their automotive entry of a 1923 Kissel Phaeton received an Award of Excellence and the museum staff received an Auto Chic award for best coordination of apparel and automobile.
The Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance is an invitation only event celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Nearly 250 cars from across the country participated in the show with proceeds going to area charities. [ READ MORE ]
Two other automobiles on exhibit at the museum were invited to the show and also won awards. The 1914 Kissel Semi – Racer and 1937 Peugeot each won their respective class. These cars had been award winners in a previous year and were invited back to compete in the anniversary show.
The high caliber Kissel automobiles were manufactured in Hartford 1906 – 1931, making Kissel the second longest car manufacturer in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Automotive Museum currently has 110 vehicles on exhibit including 25 of the fewer than 200 remaining Kissels.
NAAM Past President Jackie Frady Receives National Honor
The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) recently named Jackie Frady, president and executive director of the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection), one of its 2015 Top Ten Business Women. ABWA takes recognition to a national level with the prestigious Top Ten Business Women of ABWA program. Top Ten is the highest honor awarded to a member. These women are applauded for their career accomplishments, community involvement and, of course, their contribution to ABWA. The Top Ten represent the best of ABWA and they will be honored at the 2014 National Women’s Leadership Conference.
“Top ten candidates are a paradigm for ABWA members who strive for excellence in their careers, their communities and in the Association,” said Rene Street, executive director of ABWA.
Frady has been actively involved with ABWA since 1986 and currently serves as president of the Reno Tahoe Express Network – a local league of ABWA. The organization continually evolves to remain relevant for today’s business woman and has significantly impacted her career.
“My management and leadership skills soared, my credentials grew and my resume expanded through ABWA,” said Frady. “Most significantly, ABWA has fueled my need for lifelong learning and professional growth through the exceptional ABWA-KU MBA essentials program offered through annual National Women’s Leadership Conferences.”
Frady’s career in the collector car field began in 1981 with the former Harrah’s Automobile Collection. Following a progression of management positions, she was promoted to executive director of the National Automobile Museum in 1992 and in 2012 was elected president of the museum’s 501(c)(3) corporation. Under her leadership, the museum has been self-sustaining since 1993, she has been credited with creating a public awareness campaign that helped lead to retirement of the museum’s construction debt and has been recognized as a leader in the automobile museum industry.
In 2012, under Frady’s leadership, the museum was named “One of America’s Five Greatest Automobile Museums” by AutoWeek magazine. Previously, it had been listed among the 10 best in the U.S. and 16 best in the world. The museum also received the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce award for Non-Profit Excellence in Commerce, honoring business growth and commitment in the Reno-Sparks community. Further, the museum has won several awards at the annual awards competition of the National Association of Automobile Museums including in the categories for education, interpretive exhibits, newsletters and magazines, and marketing. Tthe Museum’s Precious Metal magazine, of which Frady is the editor and primary contributing writer, won a 2014 NAAMY Award of Excellence earning a perfect score.
Under Frady’s leadership, the Museum has implemented a prominent educational program – a series of multi-day history symposiums – funded by grants from Nevada Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanties. The series, approved by the Nevada Department of Education, allows teachers to receive in-service credit. Additionally, Frady helped author and edit two books published by the museum, a coffee table book Against All Odd, about the 1908 New York to Paris Auto Race and a soft-bound souvenir book about the museum’s history and its collection. She produced a short film, The Bill Harrah Story and the Legendary Journey to the Museum, in conjunction with KNPB Television, Reno’s Public Broadcasting Station.
This year marked her 19th year as an honorary judge at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one of only a couple of women to serve in this capacity. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance honorary judges are preeminent in the “Who’s Who” of the world-wide automotive industry.
Additionally, Frady has been actively involved with the National Association of Automobile Museums (NAAM) since its inception in 1994. NAAM is the professional center of excellence for automobile museums across the nation that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry. She served as President several times, and most recently for three consecutive terms, 2012-2014.
Frady’s 30-year career in the collector car field was celebrated in 2011 by Reno Magazine in a cover story, “Driven to Success” and in a “Captains of Industry” feature by the Reno Gazette-Journal. In 2012, Frady was featured on KTVN in “Someone 2 Know,” which recapped her career and influence as a leader and professional and as a woman who helped pave the way for other ladies in an industry once driven by men. In 2013, she received the prestigious Silver Thistle Award as the 2013 Scot of the Year by the Nevada Society of Scottish Clans at its 32nd Annual Robert Burns Celebration. The award recognizes an American of Scottish ancestry for outstanding service in the Northern Nevada or Northeast California communities in business, medicine, education, fine arts or philanthropy.