The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is supported by a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums.

Executive Summary

While 2020 has been anything but a normal year, the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum (ROT Museum) under the leadership of its Board of Directors and Executive Director Cherie Koss determined their MAP organizational assessment should proceed as planned despite the World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 and the ensuing and now ongoing closure of the museum.

Lise Dubé-Scherr was selected as the MAP Peer Reviewer to conduct the organizational assessment. Subsequently, AAM decided that due to the pandemic, all MAP assessments would be conducted virtually. While this does slightly alter the Peer Reviewer’s ability to experience and engage with the museum first- hand, the ROT Museum Board, staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders made themselves readily available for Zoom tours and meetings. Everyone quickly adapted the virtual visit model and as a result, the Peer Reviewer was able to secure an abundance of information, insights, opinions, and ideas from the interviewees.

Thank you to everyone who gave generously of their time via Zoom to ensure the success of this assessment.

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The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is a national, voluntary program which helps museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet standards through self-study and a consultative site visit from an expert peer reviewer. The program offers several assessment types that focus on multiple aspects of museum operations, allowing participants to work on various methods of self-improvement. Since 1981 over 5,000 museums have participated in over 6,500 assessments. MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and administered by AAM. For more information, visit and


This report reflects the Peer Reviewer’s knowledge and perspective based on what was provided in the museum’s MAP Application, its MAP Workbook and what was observed or communicated while on the site visit or through a virtual visit. The report is a snapshot in time from when the reviewer was there in person or virtually and what they saw and heard.
The museum may have already addressed some issues discussed with the Peer Reviewer or made progress on some items listed in the report. The Peer Reviewer conducted this assessment on an individual volunteer basis, not as a representative of their employer, and was selected by AAM in consultation with the museum.