Profile: Rochelle Coslow-Robinson
Rochelle Coslow-Robinson, a Central Pa. native, brings decades of comprehensive information technology, merchandising, construction and exhibit design experience to her current role as Exhibit Programs Director at the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey. She previously worked for the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, PA.
The AACA Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a world-class automotive experience where visitors can explore numerous vintage-vehicle displays and interactive exhibits featuring cars, buses, motorcycles and other automobiles from the 1890s through the 1980s. For nearly a decade, Rochelle has led or been involved in many of the creative, marketing, retail and educational projects that make the AACA Museum one of the most respected and revered destinations in Pennsylvania.
As the Exhibit Programs Director, Rochelle recently guided the completion of Phase I of the nationally-renowned Cammack-Tucker Collection Gallery. As project leader, Rochelle managed the renovation of a 5,200-square-foot gallery to create an unparalleled exhibit: the world’s largest and best-known collection of Tucker 48 automobiles, engines, mechanicals and memorabilia from late Tucker historian and collector David Cammack. Phase II of the exhibit build is now underway, also under Rochelle’s direction.
As the first African American to hold her position at the museum, Rochelle’s proudest achievement is to have conceived, designed and built the AACA Museum’s first-ever Black History Month exhibit. Entitled African-American Automotive Pioneers, this well-received educational attraction was an interactive tribute to the black men and women who paved the way for people of all races to pursue meaningful careers throughout the automotive industry.
Other projects under Rochelle’s leadership include an overhaul of several of AACA Museum attractions and meeting spaces, including the institution’s Regions and Chapters Room, and an extensive renovation of its newest upcoming Route 66 Exhibit. The Route 66 Exhibit will be opening on October 5th at the museum during the AACA Hershey Fall Meet. The community is welcome to attend and enjoy the exhibit along with a “Collector Car Conversation” featuring Wayne Carini of “Chasing Classic Cars” on Discovery Channel’s Velocity network, along with noted automobile collector Ralph Marano and moderated by Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance. Visit AACAMuseum.org for details on these exhibits and other upcoming events.