The Kansas Aviation Museum has found a new director â€” Lon Smith, formerly sales and marketing director of the Museum of World Treasures. Smithâ€™s promotions background is needed at the museum, which enjoys a loyal base of volunteer support but still struggles to attract broader public interest or corporate support.
Among other ideas, Smith hopes to pursue accreditation through the American Association of Museums, which could give the museum more credibility and access to resources.
Itâ€™s good to learn that the Mid-America All-Indian Center museum, which reopens June 27 after months of renovation, also may seek AAM accreditation.
In the cityâ€™s crowded museum field, both museums are wisely taking steps to stand out.