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Historic Naval Ships Association Joins Forces with Other Museum Groups

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May 29, 2018

Historic Naval Ships Association Joins Forces with Other Museum Groups

Arlington, VA –The Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) has become a member of the Council of Affiliates of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the 28th organization to join the influential body of museum organizations.

HNSA joins the Council of Affiliates following approval on May 5 of its application by the AAM Board of Directors.

“As part of the new strategic initiative under President Jonathan Williams, Historic Naval Ships Association can best assist our members by emphasizing the values and best practices that are the hallmark of the AAM,” said William B. Cogar, Executive Director of HNSA. “Membership in the Council of Affiliates provides us the opportunity to share information with other, not dissimilar organizations, and therefore provide to our members the path toward accreditation and thus success for their particular missions.”

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“We couldn’t be more pleased that the Historic Naval Ships Association is joining AAM’s Council of Affiliates,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura Lott. “Formalizing and strengthening the relationship between AAM and HNSA supports the Alliance’s goals to unite the field around advocacy and to work collaboratively to serve museums of all types.”

The Council of Affiliates is comprised of 28 national museum service organizations representing museums of all types, working to inform and advise AAM on policy and issues that may have an impact in the museum field. Find a complete list of AAM Affiliates on AAM’s website.

About the Historic Naval Ships Association

With a mission “to support the preservation of historic naval vessels and to honor those who serve at sea in defense of their nation,” HNSA’s membership consists of some 180 naval ship museums and memorials around the world as well as individuals, businesses and organizations that promote our mission. We support the members by serving as a networking and information hub linking our members to advance the preservation and promotion of all ships we represent.

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit


Press Contacts:

Dr. William B. Cogar

Executive Director

Historic Naval Ships Association


Joseph Klem

AAM Director of Communications Director of Public Relations

American Alliance of Museums

Phone: 202-218-7670

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