Clarksville, TN – Frank Lott, local business and community leader, has been named the next Executive Director of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center.
The announcement was made by Board Chair Brad Martin at the institution’s annual Director’s Brunch yesterday, (Saturday, November 2nd, 2019).
“The Board is excited to bring on board someone with Frank’s background and experience as a museum supporter and local businessperson with a wide variety of professional and personal connections in Clarksville and Montgomery County,” Martin said. “We could not think of anyone who could do this job better.”
The Museum Board worked with a consultant to conduct the search process which included interviewing almost 70 community stakeholders including board, staff, City and County government officials, business leaders, the education sector (public and university levels), and non-profits. The results of those interviews led the Board to identify Lott as the candidate who best met the necessary qualities and characteristics identified by those stakeholders.
In accepting the position, Lott noted that he has been involved with the Customs House Museum since its inception in 1983, serving three terms as board chairman. “I believe the Museum’s brightest decades are ahead and I’m truly looking forward to working with a great professional staff and engaging with the board, volunteers and members,” Lott said.
Lott and his partner, Jeff Bibb, recently announced the closing of their business, BLF Marketing, after almost 42 years of providing marketing consulting, public relations, advertising design, and media planning services throughout the Southeast United States.
He has also been involved in several community projects including the publishing of “Historic Clarksville – The Bicentennial Story” for Clarksville’s Bicentennial Celebration in 1984, serving on the Physical Planning Committee of the Tornado Recovery Task Force, and helping to develop the permanent exhibit and trail-marking system at the Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center.
Lott will be starting in the Museum position at the beginning of the new year.
About the Customs House Museum
Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s second largest general museum. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1898 as a U.S. Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. Incorporating a number of architectural styles, the original structure is one of the most photographed buildings in the region.
With over 35,000 square feet of the region’s best hands-on activities and special events…people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth the stop!
The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and kitchen, and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, get “all aboard” to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Regular museum hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Adult admission is $7.00, Senior Citizens and College ID $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 $3.00, and under six years and Museum members are free.
The Customs House Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at www.customshousemuseum.org