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After long-term vacancy, National Corvette Museum hires curator

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Derek E. Moore. Image courtesy National Corvette Museum.

After a vacancy that’s lasted “about a decade,” according to National Corvette Museum Marketing and Communication Manager Katie Frassinelli, the Bowling Green, Kentucky, institution has announced the appointment of Derek E. Moore as curator. Moore most recently served as the Crawford Curator of Transportation History at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio.

As curator, Moore will be responsible for researching, developing and producing exhibits. He will also plan, acquire or borrow, catalog and preserve objects and vehicles related to Corvette history on behalf of the museum.

Moore, whose father is an auto restorer in St. Charles, Michigan, is known for his hands-on approach to conservation. At the Crawford, he was involved in returning several long-dormant display vehicles to running condition. Before that, he served in several roles, including conservation specialist of the Transportation Collection at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, and interned at the Alfred P. Sloan Museum in Flint.

Of his new role, Moore said,

The National Corvette Museum is one of the most welcoming environments I’ve experienced. It is an incredible museum and is so unique in that it is focused on one community – and it has that community feeling about it. One of the biggest challenges currently facing museums is the decreasing number of visitors. Younger generations are losing interest in museums as they turn to more and more handheld technology. 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 holds a Bachelor of Science in History from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. 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.

Moore’s fiancée, Christine Bobco, is also an auto enthusiast, and the couple currently own several antique vehicles, including a 1917 Overland, 1923 Peerless and a 1961 Ford Falcon. They hope to add a Corvette to their collection soon after their relocation to Kentucky in March. Moore’s first day at the Museum will be March 6, 2017.