November 2013

November 15, 2013 in Newsletter by naam admin

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 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.

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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 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:

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.

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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.

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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:

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.

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