TACOMA, Wash. (July 23, 2012) – LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM), the four-level, 165,000 square-foot facility in downtown Tacoma, has named Washington native Jason Harris as its associate curator. Harris, who grew up in Seattle, is working with ACM’s current guest curator and automotive journalist Ken Gross to create special exhibits.
“Our museum’s exhibits celebrate America’s ongoing love affair with the automobile,” says David Madeira, ACM president and CEO. “To properly illustrate that connection, we need great automotive storytellers like Jason and Ken to make our collection relatable and personal for everyone who comes through the door. Jason’s familiarity with automotive culture and history will allow him to bring a fresh, creative approach to creating and planning our exhibits.”
Harris, who also serves as vice chairman of the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance Selection Committee, began his automotive career in high school when he worked for a Seattle-area car collector. He has since served as a consultant for automotive clients and created and managed multiple European automotive events and tours in the Pacific Northwest.
“I’ve always loved cars, and it’s been my dream to work for a top-tier organization like ACM,” says Harris, an alumnus of American University in Washington, D.C. “Being a local and working closely with the museum during its opening, I’ve become very familiar with ACM’s genesis, mission and unbelievable collection. Along with Ken, I look forward to presenting more unique, interactive exhibits that everyone can identify with, not just car lovers.”
ACM is open seven days a week during the summer, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Upcoming museum events include LouieFest (July 28-29), the Meet at the Ace vintage motorcycle and scooter festival (Aug. 24-26) and the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance (Sept. 9).
For more information on ACM, please visit www.lemaymuseum.org.
About America’s Car Museum (www.lemaymuseum.org)
State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened June 2, 2012 in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To get information on museum hours, becoming an ACM member, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org.
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