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We are home to some of the rarest and most historically significant automobiles produced, as well as, some of the most common automobiles assembled during the roughly years of automobile production to date.
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Our collections and exhibits are an opportunity for students, families, hobbyists, and every day visitors to learn about the impact of the automobile on society and culture, witness progressing technology in the automotive industry, see the rise and fall of thousands of automobile manufacturers in the United States, and possibly the most important opportunity of all recall memories and experiences with automobiles from their own past.
Although automobile museums offer all these opportunities and, truly, many more than what is listed above, we face many challenges along the way. The greatest of these challenges, in my opinion, is relevance…our exhibits, the stories we tell, must in some way relate to our audience or we will no longer be relevant institutions within society. As years progress horseless carriages, brass era vehicles, and even cars of the classic era Marmon, Duesenberg, Pierce-Arrow, etc.
Novelties are still interesting to many visitors and there are still collectors of these vehicles that enjoy them, but most visitors have no connection to and no memories of these early vehicles. Engaging visitors is one of the most rapidly changing areas in the museum field today. Ever changing expectations of technology means that we can no longer be complacent with exhibits that contain only vehicles and exhibit labels. As technology becomes increasingly integrated into the everyday lives of upcoming generations, they will expect it to be utilized in every interaction they experience.
This technological advancement has already forced major changes upon museums, from the largest to the smallest, and will only continue to mold our institutions in new ways within the next decade and well beyond. Both fantastic exhibits, however, Driving America includes interactive touch screens and a completely new website dedicated to a digital experience related to the exhibit. This digital experience allows virtual visitors to explore digitized collections with deeper looks at the stories of vehicles and artifacts within the exhibit.
On the other side of the spectrum, my hometown history museum, the St. Charles Area Museum in St. Charles, Michigan, albeit not an automobile museum but a local history museum that includes an Aero Craft boat and Chessie System caboose, has taken to Facebook in an effort to share its stories and find an affordable means of utilizing technology to connect with a wider range of generations.
This would be no small task if we were only looking at the plans of what vehicles, small artifacts, and overall content we wanted to include within the exhibits, as may have been the case 20 years ago.
Adding in not only features that can be accessed by handheld devices visitors bring with them, but also interactive touch screens, as well as, enhanced graphics and experiences through projection will be key to ensuring we remain relevant to new generations of visitors to our museum.
I have heard it said, repeatedly, that museums are dusty, boring places with old stuff that no one wants anymore. We, as museums, must embrace upcoming technology and the desires of our visitors to have experiences involving technology, to remain relevant in society, both today and in the future. It is my belief, that within the next decade a visit to an automobile museum will be completely different from today. I hope that everyone in the collector car community continues to support automobile museums around the country as we strive to remain relevant and be the home for the history of the vehicles and stories we are all so passionate about.
It is only with the support of the community that we can continue to evolve, introduce new experiences through technology, and remain relevant in the technology-based world we live in today. The Cugnot, built in by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, was an experimental vehicle built for moving heavy equipment, such as cannons, for the French Army. This is the donor that must be dealt with delicately and diplomatically. They assume as curators we will automatically have the same love and appreciation for their item and that as caretakers of historic artifacts we will automatically share their opinion regarding its value and significance.
These donors can be complicated and challenging. Explaining that the museum cannot accept the item they are offering can offend them if not done properly. Honestly and delicately suggesting the item may be a better fit in another collection or have a better home elsewhere while explaining what may happen if museums collected everything offered is the first step to addressing the situation.
Keep in mind this same donor may be one that is able to leave a legacy gift or may own something that does fit the collection. It can be difficult but at times museums must be able to say no to an offer.
This is where a well articulated mission and your collection plan and policy comes into play. These documents are the essence of your museum.
They define the parameters of your collection and often provide the process by which a donation is considered. Within its policy the Western Reserve Historical Society has a great support system for handling offers of items that are not immediately recognizable as a fit— it is our Curatorial Council.
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This is a group of curators and archivists at WRHS who get together and review offers of donations. In the review process to determine relevancy, the item is evaluated in terms of the collection plan.
The council then takes a vote on the items presented. If the item does not get approved, the curator is able to go back to the donor and explain that the council determined the item was not a good fit for the permanent collection. This second level decision separates the curator from the process so it is not perceived as a personal decision by the curator.
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It also illustrates to the donor that the museum collects responsibly. Now the true donor relationship begins. The non-existent, yet clearly audible slamming of the brakes is heard. The art of explaining to a donor that the item will not always be on display in an exhibit is very important in the donor relationship.
We use artifacts to tell stories in our exhibits and the donated object might not always be relevant to exhibits in our galleries. Caring for the donated object is the institutions lifelong commitment to the donor relationship.
We must do our best, as stewards of history, to preserve the items donated to us for as long as possible. Poor stewardship of objects in your collection can be detrimental to your institution, as we have seen play out in the news in recent months at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Famed land speed racer Craig Breedlove was allowed to sue the Museum of Science and Industry over damages to the Spirit of America Land Speed Car while it was on loan to the museum for 50 years.
I am not here to pass judgment on the Museum of Science and Industry, nor Craig Breedlove, but this is a fascinating case that illustrates what can happen to donor or in the case, lender relations when communication breaks down.
Breedlove was not made aware of the multiple times the vehicle was cut apart to be moved in and out of museum galleries and the numerous cases of vandalism by visitors carving their names into the vehicle. So consequently, he was unaware of the condition it would be in when it was returned to him. Breedlove, obviously upset with the situation, having thought that the museum would care for his vehicle, took legal action and was allowed to file suit against the Museum of Science and Industry.
Because the judge felt that the Museum of Science and Industry had not lived up to the standards and best practices of the American Alliance of Museums, by which the museum is accredited. Now, there is a lot more to this lawsuit than just these brief comments, but it is an example of living up to the standards and best practices that the AAM has set for us in the museum field, standards by which we must operate even if our institutions are not accredited by the AAM.
We have an obligation to our donors and the objects they donate to us to preserve pieces of history. If we fail at that duty, then we do incredible damage to donor relations for our museum, we fail at our institutions purpose and this reflects poorly on the greater museum community.