We’ve heard for years about the rising age of Corvette owners. The same apparently goes for museum attendees, too.
To help the National Corvette Museum remain enticing to younger visitors, it has just hired Derek E. Moore of Garrettsville, Ohio to serve as curator of the museum.
The new curator says one of the biggest challenges currently facing many museums is the decreasing number of visitors.
“Younger generations are losing interest in museums as they turn to more and more handheld technology,” he said. “To bring them back to the museums, we need to work with that technology, and I look forward to helping the NCM add cutting edge technology that will help freshen up the exhibits and get younger generations excited about visiting the museum.”
Moore comes to the NCM with an impressive background. Most recently, he was Crawford Curator of Transportation History at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio. His duties there included researching the history of automobiles and aviation of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio and developing exhibits and programming on the history of automobiles, aircraft, and related transportation technologies. He was also responsible for the conservation and preservation of the 150-plus collection of historic vehicles and aircraft, which should prove valuable in taking care of the NCM’s growing number of cars.
Moore also served as Conservation Specialist of the Transportation Collection at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan and interned at the Alfred P. Sloan Museum in Flint, Mich.
At the National Corvette Museum, Moore will be in charge of researching, developing and producing exhibits as well as planning, acquisition and/or loan, safekeeping, and cataloging of collection objects and vehicles related to Corvette history.
Moore says the NCM is one of the most welcoming environments he’s experienced.
“it is an incredible museum and is so unique in that it is focused on one community,” he said, “and it has that community feeling about it.”
A native of St. Charles, Michigan, Moore earned a degree in History from Eastern Michigan University. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, serves as treasurer of the National Association of Automobile Museums, and is a past board member of the National Automotive History Collection at the Detroit Public Library.
He and fiancée, Christine Bobco, are auto enthusiasts and hope to add a Corvette to their collection soon, which includes a 1917 Overland, 1923 Peerless, and a 1961 Ford Falcon. They’ll be moving to South Central Kentucky next month, and Derek will begin his new job at the NCM on March 6.
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