Hoosier Made World Driven

Last Sunday, I got a preview of the Hoosier Made: World Driven exhibit preparation at the Studebaker National Museum. The exhibit opens November 20, 2015, and runs through October 3, 2016. This exhibit is an officially endorsed Legacy Project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.


“Hoosier Made: World Driven” looks at the heyday of Indiana’s automobile industry when some of the world’s finest motorcars were built in Indiana. The exhibit will be presented at Indiana’s three leading transportation museums, each with its own special exhibit focus. The Studebaker National Museum in South Bend will feature the “Brass Era” (c. 1900-1915); the Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum in Kokomo will showcase the “Jazz Era” of the late ‘teens and early 1920s; and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn will spotlight “Classic” cars of the 1930s “Classic Era”.

The Studebaker National Museum will showcase vehicles and artifacts from the Brass Era (Pre-1915), featuring an Apperson Jackrabbit, a Haynes Speedster, a Marmon Speedster, a Sterling Touring car, a Pratt-Elkhart, and many more! I enjoyed viewing these early examples of Indiana’s automotive industry. Studebaker National Museum on Facebook

The Kokomo Automotive Museum will showcase Hoosier cars of the “Jazz Age” of the late teens and early 1920s, when Indiana’s automotive production was at its peak. Five Kokomo-built Haynes and Apperson touring cars show the elegance that motoring could be in the Roaring Twenties. Kokomo Automotive Museum on Facebook

1934 Studebaker President
1934 Studebaker President
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The 1930s is often referred to as the Classic Era of Automobiles. During this period Auburn, Indiana, was in its prime, creating and producing automobiles both beautiful and powerful. During this period Art Deco styling became a prevalent art form seen in automotive styling. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum will exhibit this beauty and power by showcasing the high-style of the 1930s. Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum on Facebook

I encourage you to visit all three museums for the price of two. Get your passport (available at all three museums) stamped at two museums and get into the third museum for free. Then jump in your favorite ride and “Hit the Highway to History”… your next museum stop is less than 100 miles away!

Maybe I’ll see you along the way. Happy Hoosier Motoring.

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