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National Automobile Museum Receives Four NAAMY Awards in 2019 National Association of Automobile Museums Competition

The National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection (NAM), in Reno, Nev., was recognized as a first place winner among several categories during the recent NAAMY awards at the 2019 National Association of Automobile Museums conference. These accolades represent a commitment to excellence, set standards within the field, and recognize industry leaders for achievement, professionalism and creativity. The competition includes programs and projects implemented and/or completed in 2018.

“We are thrilled to receive these prestigious awards and honored to be among the many automobile museums doing significant work across the U.S.” said Jackie Frady, president and executive director of the National Automobile Museum. “The National Automobile Museum’s nonprofit status was granted for educational purposes, making the education category most pertinent to our work. Our focus to provide quality learning opportunities has not only served our community well, it has set a standard for others and these awards will continue to help promote our efforts.”

The NAM won a first place NAAMY Award of Excellence in Education for the museum’s newly developed STEM education field trip program, Auto Museum Adventure: The Science and Technology of the Automobile. Funded by a grant from the Hart Foundation, the museum offered this new field trip program to more than 20 third-sixth grade classrooms at Washoe County School District Title 1 schools (low income, high needs schools) and provided stipends for transportation and/or admission. Evaluations indicated teachers were very satisfied with the STEM content and the many curriculum standards that were addressed; and students exhibited an immediate gain of knowledge.

The museum also received a runner up NAAMY Award of Excellence in Education for its three-day history symposium, The 1890s: Peril & Power, featuring national and regional authors, historians and Chautauqua performers. All of the museum’s 16 symposiums have been funded by grants from Nevada Humanities/National Endowment for the Humanities and approved by the Nevada Department of Education for teachers to earn in-service credit. Many have received NAAMY Awards of Excellence.

In addition, the NAM received first place NAAMY Awards of Excellence in the Online Communications and Collateral Materials categories for the new website and marketing collateral materials campaign created by Design on Edge, also located in Reno. Nev.

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