NAAM E-NEWS – September 2015, Volume 17, Issue 3

September 29, 2015 in Uncategorized by Courtney Meredith

NAAM E-NEWS – September 2015, Volume 17, Issue 3

In This Issue

President’s Message

By: Terry Ernest

Terry NAAM portrait CPTAs our busy season is now ending, we should look back and note what our successes were for the previous season and plan on how to exploit those successes for the future. At the Wills Sainte Claire Auto Museum, we started a fall lecture series a few years ago to attract visitors to the museum. In the past we have had speakers talk about mostly automotive topics. But in our next lecture we are going to venture a little bit away from an automotive talk and have a session about passenger excursion vessels of the early 1900’s. We know going into this different approach that we may not be targeting our normal demographic of visitors, and that is exactly what we are hoping for. We believe it will be a way of broadening our base of visitors who may not have visited us in the past because they perceived us being strictly a car museum. We hope to attract people that have an interest in passenger ships and/or local history. We think this is the ideal customer for what we are selling, so to speak; area history, and education of the locally made Wills Sainte Claire Automobile.

What this endeavor is really about is trying new things. We can’t rely on doing everything as we have in the past. Museums continue to compete for a slice of peoples time and money. Perhaps what we should be thinking about is how do we create the concept of entertainment so we evolve to stay relevant.

I suspect some museums are doing a better job at this than others. What is your museum doing to blend education with entertainment?   Share your thoughts with NAAM members on the NAAM Forum. Lets create a dialogue that can be shared with the entire group. The more you share, the more you can learn!


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.


Make Your Hotel Reservations

A Hotel Room Block is now ready for reservations for the 2016 NAAM Conference hosted by the Seal Cove Auto Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. Please see the information below for making reservations.  While the room block expires on April 2, 2016, our conference host recommends making reservations early since rooms are in demand during this period.

For your planning purposes, the conference starts with a Welcome Reception on Tuesday night, May 3, and concludes on Friday night, May 6, 2016, with the closing banquet and NAAMY Awards Ceremony.  The room block dates begin on Monday, 5/2/2016, to accommodate our attendees traveling from the west. Also, the hotel is extending the conference room rate for three days before and after the block for anyone who would like to visit the area.

As always, this will be another excellent professional development and networking opportunity. Conference details will be available by early 2016.

Hotel Room Block
Group Number: NAAM050316
Room Rate: $99, plus 8% room tax
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center

119 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Reservation Office: (800) 336-2463
Hotel: (207) 288-5801

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


Deadline: April 1, 2016

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

When: You can apply anytime and we encourage you to do so to take advantage of this great benefit. The deadline is April 1, 2016.

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


Hagerty Extends NAAM Official Sponsorship

As many of you know, Hagerty has been the Official Sponsor of NAAM for the past three years. We at Hagerty are proud and excited to announce that we have extended our sponsorship of NAAM through 2018! Hagerty has increased the level of financial supportas well.

Everyone at Hagerty extends their gratitude and appreciation to all NAAM members for the outstanding job you do preserving our automobile heritage and sharing that heritage with thousands, even millions of people every year who otherwise would have no chance to see and experience these wonderful vehicles.

Thank you for all that you do and we look forward to our continued partnership with NAAM!


Hagerty is a proud sponsor of the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA). Through that sponsorship, the HVA was able to establish the National Historic Vehicle Register. If press coverage is any indication, the launch of the National Historic Vehicle Register is proving to be a hit with car guys and gals as well as the general public. So how does the Register work? What is the government’s role in the program? How does it help the community of people who love old cars? President of the Historic Vehicle Association, Mark Gessler, answers these and other important questions.

The National Historic Vehicle Register is a documentation program to record America’s automotive treasures. The National Historic Vehicle Register is designed to help record this nation’s most significant historic vehicles, preserving their information for future generations and documenting their story in perpetuity.

What is the purpose of the National Historic Vehicle Register, and how does it help the classic car community?

By officially recognizing one of the world’s greatest technological achievements, the National Historic Vehicle Register celebrates the immense impact the car has had on all aspects of life, helps spread the word about the historic significance of the automobile and provides the classic car community a platform for saving and perpetuating America’s automotive heritage. This work has already been done for important buildings, bridges and airplanes, but not the automobile.

In the architectural world, private and public organizations have formed to document and celebrate historic structures, while in the aviation world; private-public efforts have been made to create the foremost conservation labs to ensure the continuation of important planes. It is time that we come together as a group of passionate enthusiasts and create the same level of infrastructure for the nation’s automotive history.

Is this a government-run program?

The National Historic Vehicle Register is a program created and managed by the Historic Vehicle Association, a private, member-driven organization established in 2009. In 2013, the HVA initiated a collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service and Heritage Documentation Programs to develop a framework and guidelines to document automobiles as part of the Historic American Engineering Record( HAER ), archived in the Library of Congress.

How does the Register work?

Currently, the National Historic Vehicle Register consists of vehicles curated by a group of HVA advisors. Cars are chosen by this group of experts to represent the broad and extensive impact the automobile has had on all aspects of American culture and history. Furthermore, eligibility is based on historic significance, the integrity of the vehicle and, more specifically, draft guidelines adapted from the Department of the Interior’s criteria for historic buildings, vessels and aircraft. The four criteria are:

  • association with significant events
  • association with significant persons
  • design or construction value
  • information value such as first or last produced or among the best surviving example

After cars are chosen, they are documented by the HVA to the Secretary of Interiors Standards for Heritage Documentation. This documentation includes large format photography, a written historical narrative and measured line drawings. Once the documentation is completed it is stored at the HVA to be shared with the public on a future online infrastructure. Additionally, documentation is submitted to HAER in order to be archived at the Library of Congress and made available to the general public.

What is the Historic American Engineering Recordand why is the National Historic Vehicle Register associated with it?

HAER is a documentation program formed in 1969 by the National Park Service, The American Society of Civil Engineers and the Library of Congress to Document historic sites and structures related to engineering and industry. It procures documentation of engineering artifacts with written historical reports, large-format photography and measured drawings. HAER provides an excellent framework for documenting the automobile as both HAER and its sister program HABS have effectively recorded many of America’s most important artifacts in a manner that has stood the test of time, even if the artifacts themselves have not.

Furthermore, HAER is a gateway for the Library of Congress’ Division of Prints and Photographs that allows for the widespread public distribution of documentation in a copyright free environment. It is important for the HVA and core to our mission to spread the word about the importance of the automobiles being recorded and to broadcast the significant stories to the public.

Does the government have any control over how Registered cars are used?

Absolutely not. The National Historic Vehicle Register simply documents vehicles as they are now in order to celebrate the impact particular automobiles have made on our culture and history preserving their stories for future generations enabling further research and the sharing of ideas. Cars that become part of the National Historic Vehicle Register face no mandate for future use, modification, preservation, etc. We want to take a snapshot of our country’s most significant automotive artifacts while recognizing a private owner’s rights to do what they would like with their property. If a national treasure is lost for some unfortunate reason, having the National Historic Vehicle Register documentation will ensure our automotive legacy will live on in words, photos, videos and line drawings if not in the object itself.

What level of government interference will take place with regard to these vehicles and should there be concern on the part of owners with the added level of scrutiny applied?

Again, there are no government restrictions for vehicles documented in HAER or the National Historic Vehicle Register. In fact, this is really a benefit for owners, as the documentation associated with the vehicle results in a well-researched history of the automobile.

The National Historic Vehicle Register is similar to the National Register for Historic Places, which is mired in government regulation of private homes. How is the National Historic Vehicle Register different?

While the National Historic Vehicle Register carries a similar name to the National Register for Historic Places and uses similar guidelines for recognition, the two organizations are independent. The National Historic Vehicle Register carries no restrictions for automobiles that are recognized and documented. Furthermore, while the National Register of Historic Places doesn’t mandate any restrictions on properties listed, certain tax benefits and grants, as well as local historic district laws, have been placed on historic structures that create regulations. Automobiles are not subject to these laws or local property ordnances. We are specifically working with the Heritage Documentation Programs to avoid these kinds of issues.

How is the National Historic Vehicle Register being funded? Is this a taxpayer-funded initiative?

The National Historic Vehicle Register is funded privately by the HVA. There is no burden on the taxpayer as a result of the documentation undertaken by the HVA. The HVA works with the Heritage Documentation Programs of the NPS. The HVA, its members and donors have funded all documentation work for HAER to date.

My car is historically significant, how can I get it on the Register?

The HVA is working with the U.S. Department of the Interior to refine the criteria that will be used to determine vehicle eligibility for future public submission. Please email us information about your vehicle ( and we will place it on our list of potential candidates for the National Historic Vehicle Register.


Gilmore Car Museum – Hickory Corners, Michigan

Ford Model A Day

Ford Model A Day Saturday, September 19, 2015 9am – 4pm Gilmore Car Museum is the proud home of the Model A Ford Museum, the world’s largest museum dedicated solely to the Model A Ford! On Sunday, September 19th, hop in your Model A and head out to the Gilmore Car Museum for the 3rd annual Ford Model A Day and celebrate the heritage of a trusty American car with friends and family. Bring your Model A or come as a spectator, this show and swap meet will be sure to please as hundreds of Model A’s gather in Hickory Corners, Michigan on the Gilmore’s Historic Campus. General Admission: $12.00 per person – children 11 & under are FREE Includes all museum exhibits at no extra charge. For more information or to register your car for Model A Ford Day, please contact the Model A Ford Foundation at or visit their website,


Route 66 Auto Museum – Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Route66_towerA new museum featuring vintage cars, interactive exhibits and an 80-foot-tall gas pump is planned along Route 66 in Sapulpa. The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum is currently under development at the old armory along Route 66.

The museum, which is slated for opening in early 2016, will feature vintage cars and a variety of exhibits on Route 66, including how the military used the famed road. Interactive and simulated displays as well as a gift shop and kids’ area are also planned for the 10,000-square-foot property.

A notable highlight will be a vintage-inspired gas pump, which will stand about two stories high. “There’s a lot of interest in Route 66 all over the world,” said Richard Holmes, president of the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum, Inc., the not-for-profit organization creating the museum. “People drive along the route from Chicago to California, and we want to have artwork and displays to showcase Oklahoma’s role in the road.”

Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum, Inc., is leasing the armory from the city of Sapulpa for $1 per year. Little Mountain Productions, which remodeled the concession area for Tulsa’s BOK Center in 2014, has been hired for the museum’s interior work. A grant from the Route 66 Preservation Authority will help fund the improvements to the property.

“It will be a fun stop along the way for the whole family,” said Lina Holmes, executive director of the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum, Inc. “There’s going to be a lot of different types of displays.”

The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum, Inc., is currently seeking memberships. Annual memberships cost $45 for two people, while a lifetime membership is $2,500, which includes lifetime admission to the museum for two people, a plaque with a chosen name on the wall of the museum and 15 percent off purchases at the gift shop. Memberships are tax-deductible.

A sold-out kick-off celebration is scheduled for June 5 at the Signs of the Times event venue in Sapulpa. The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum, Inc., will also have a booth at the Route 66 Blowout and car show in Sapulpa on June 6 and will raffle off a 1956 MGA race car.

The museum will be located at 13 Sahoma Lake Road in Sapulpa.

Retail News

Book for Gearheads

I just spoke with an author by the name of Jason Fogelson who has published a book called 100 Things for Every Gearhead To Do Before They Die. He asked if it would be possible to have an email sent out to all NAAM museums about his book and it being available for purchase for Museum Stores to sell. His email is and his website is