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National Association of Automotive Museums Conference

April 9-12, 2018

NAAM Conference LogoThe AACA Museum, Inc. is honored to host this year’s NAAM Conference here in Hershey, PA!    The overall theme of this year’s conference is storytelling, and we will explore a variety of ways that Museums can tell their stories.   Participants will gain knowledge through seminars, off-site visits to museums and attractions, networking, discussion and behind-the-scenes exploration.    Anyone is welcome to register to attend the conference and related events.

Monday – April 9, 2018 – Hershey, PA

9 AM – 8 PM Conference Registration  Location:  AACA Museum Lobby

10 AM- 5 PM AACA Museum Behind-The-Scenes Tours of our collections storage buildings and the Museum galleries

11AM – 1PM NAAM Board Meeting – NAAM Board Members only Location:  Regions & Chapters Room – 2nd Floor

1 PM – 4:30 PM – The Story of Hershey, PA, and Milton S. Hershey – The Man Behind the Chocolate Bar and this storybook town.

  • Board the Hershey Trolley for a Tour of Hershey
  • The Trolley will Drop us off to explore  The Hershey Story Museum
  • Next stop is Hershey’s Chocolate World for the tour ride and a sweet surprise!
  • Trolley will return all guests to the AACA Museum by 5:00 PM

6-8PM  Welcome Reception – sponsored by Reliable Carriers, Inc.

Enjoy an evening of heavy hors-d’oeuvres, beverages, and networking as we welcome everyone to Hershey . . .The Sweetest Place on Earth!

Tuesday – April 10, 2018 – Washington, DC

We will board the buses by 6:45 AM and head for Washington, DC for a full day of exploration.  We will have program options at the Smithsonian Institution, and we’ll visit the HVA Cars at the Capital display.

10:30 AM-noon Automobiles at The Smithsonian Program  Location:  S. Dillon Ripley Center Auditorium

The program will focus on Smithsonian’s automobile collection and an upcoming exhibition related to speed.

Myriam Springuel, Director | Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Interim Director Smithsonian Affiliations

Jennifer Brundage, National Outreach Manager | Smithsonian Affiliations

Kathleen Franz, Chair and Curator, Division of Work and Industry | National Museum of American History Collections and exhibitions

Roger White, Curator, Division of Work and Industry | National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Automobile Collection.

Jeremy Kinney, Curator, Aeronautics Department | National Air & Space Museum

12 Noon – Lunch – Sponsored by Group Delphi

Each attendee has the opportunity to attend one breakout tour session – assigned based on attendee preference on a first-come, first-served basis based on conference registration date.

2:00 – 3:30  Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center Highlights Tour (Maximum 50)    [Bus will depart at 1:00 PM]

2:00 – 3:00 Behind the scenes in the Smithsonian’s automobile collection (Maximum 30) [Bus will depart at 1:15 PM]

Tour will be led by Roger White, Curator, National Museum of American History

2:00 – 3:00 America on the Move exhibition tour | National Museum of American History (Maximum 15)

2:15 – 3:45 Highlights Tour of National Air & Space Museum (Maximum 50)

3:00 – 4:00 America on the Move exhibition tour 2 | National Museum of American History (Maximum 15) – Only if needed as a 2nd session, based on overall # of conference attendees.

4:00 – 5:00 PM  Cars at the Capital 2018 sponsored by Historic Vehicle Association – entire group

On view the week we will be visiting – 1927 Ford Motor Company Model T – Fifteen-Millionth Ford

2018 Cars at the Capital

Mark your calendars: #CarsAtTheCapital returns to the National Mall and Memorial Parks in #WashingtonDC March 30-April 30:March 30 – April 2: 1985 Modena Spyder California (#FerrisBuellersDayOff "Ferrari")April 3 – 9: 1927 Ford Motor Company Model T – Fifteen-Millionth FordApril 10 – 16: 1984 #PlymouthVoyager – The First #MinivanApril 17 – 23: 1968 #FordMustang Fastback – #Bullitt – '559April 24 – 30: 1918 Cadillac Type 57 – U.S. 1257XThis year's event is brought to you in partnership with Shell, Pennzoil, Hagerty Classic Cars, Quaker State and Shell Rotella

Posted by Historic Vehicle Association on Saturday, February 24, 2018

5:15 – Depart Washington, DC for return to Hershey

6:30-7:30 Dinner stop enroute back to Hershey at Mountain Gate Restaurant in Thurmont, MD.  (Updated 3/12/18)


Wednesday – April 11, 2018 – Allentown, PA

7:30 AM – Buses depart for Allentown, PA

9:15 AM – Arrive at The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage

9:30 – 10:00 AM – Welcome and introduction to The NB Center by Keith Flickinger, Curator

10 AM – 12:30 –  Attendees will tour five buildings on the campus housing private collections, working shops and the HVA Lab where you will learn how National Historic Vehicle Register artifacts are documented and photographed.

12:45 – Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 – Storytelling and the Art of Building Memory Presenter:  Mark Gessler, President of the Historic Vehicle Association

2:00 – Depart The NB Center en route to America on Wheels Museum

2:15 – 3:15 – Tour America on Wheels Museum

3:15-4:15 – Ice cream social & networking  – sponsored by LaVine Restorations, Inc.

4:30 – Buses depart Allentown en route back to Hershey

Dinner is on your own – Enjoy the many restaurants in Hershey or Harrisburg!

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Thursday – April 12, 2018 – Hershey, PA

9 – 10:15 AM – PastPerfect Panel Discussion

Brian L. Gomez,Vice-Presicent of Operations – Past Perfect

Rochelle Robinson, Exhibits & Programs Manager – AACA Museum

Valerie Seiber, Collections Manager – The Hershey Story Museum

10:30 – 11:30 AM – Social Media and Travel Bloggers:  The Importance of “FREE” Publicity to tell your story

Presenter:  Michael Milne, Automotive Journalist

11:45 – 12:45 – Lunch & Annual Meeting

12:45 – 1:15 PM – Making sure your story doesn’t have a bad ending – Management Liability as it relates to Museum Operations

Presenter:  Mark Valentino, National Account Executive – Hagerty Collector Car Insurance

1:30 – 2:30 PM – Images as Part of Your Story – Learn More about REVS Digital Library, Copyright & Intellectual Property

Presenter:  Mark Vargas, Director of the Library and Archives CH Motorcars, LLC | The Revs Institute

2:30 – 3:30 PM – Storytelling via new exhibit ideas that engage all audiences; Enthusiast and Non-Enthusiast Alike

Matt Short – Group Delphi

Matthew Anderson – The Henry Ford

Andy Beckman – The Studebaker National Museum

3:30 – 4:00 PM – Conference Wrap-up & Evaluations

4 – 6 PM – FREE Time!  Stroll the AACA Museum galleries, network with other attendees, get some Hershey’s candy for the trip home or take a hot air balloon ride!

6 – 9 PM – Celebration Banquet – Reception, Dinner & NAMMY Awards Program

Download your copy of the full conference materials here:

The Welcome Guide includes information on area attractions, transportation, host hotels & More.     The Conference registration form will need to be sent in along with payment to secure your place at the conference.

Conference Welcome Guide 2018

Conference Schedule 2018

Conference Registration 2018

Registration Deadline:  March 7, 2018.   We will continue to accept registrations through March 16 as space permits.

We’re sorry, but there are no refunds for cancellation.

Host Hotels:

SpringHill Suites Hershey Hampton Inn Hershey Near The Park

Both Hotels are within a short walk of the AACA Museum.   The SpringHill Suites is located across the drive from the Museum, and The Hampton Inn & Suites is just .2 mile walk away.

Overnight accommodations are $129 per night + taxes.   Both properties have a buffet breakfast each morning, swimming pool, fitness equipment, and complimentary wi-fi access.  The SpringHill Suites offers complimentary airport transfers during select times – available with advance arrangements.

Overnight accommodations will be available until room blocks have been filled, but not later than March 7th.   We encourage you to book accommodations early.

The SpringHill Suites Hershey Near the Park – Call 717-583-2222 and reference AACA Museum NAAM Conference room block.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Hershey Near the Park – Call 717-566-3369 and reference group code NA1 when booking your reservation.

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Thank you to our conference sponsors:

Hagety Classic Car Insurance Past Perfect Museum Software Logo
Reliable Carriers Logo Hersheys Chocolate World Logo