The Mission of The Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and preservation of Studebaker vehicles, archives and other objects to enrich present and future generations.
The Museum is intended to be a fitting memorial to men and women of our community whose vision, creativity and energy built the products that are today our industrial manufacturing heritage.
To keep the flame of the Studebaker tradition alive and burning for generations to come.
Board of Trustees
Merlin Bellinger, Recording and Corresponding Secretary
CB Richard Ellis/Bradley
Marci Burdick, 2nd Vice President
Schurz Communications, Inc.
South Bend/Mishawaka CVB
Harry Dees Jr.
US Bankruptcy Court
Emberton Development, LLC
Dr. Thomas Felger
Ziker Cleaners & Uniform Rentals
Patrick Flynn, Jr.
Indiana Beer, Inc.
American Technology Components, Inc.
Charles S. Hayes, Inc.
Mike Kendzicky, President
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
Freeman-Spicer Financial Services
Snite Museum of Art
Round 2 LLC
City Securities Corporation
Retired- Allied Signal
Mark McDonnell, Past President
1st Source Bank- Business & Estate Planning
Mike Palmer, 1st Vice President
Barnes & Thornburg
Dr. William B. Rozzi
Dan Smogor, Treasurer
Kruggel Lawton & Company LLC
Weaver Properties, Inc.
Ray Burnett, Jr.
Retired Studebaker executive
Retired- Business Executive
Hair Crafters Day Spa and Salon
Retired- General Electric
Retired- Business Executive
2011 in Review
The Museum currently employs seven full-time and six part-time employees.
Total annual attendance was 36,765 for 2011. Total Studebaker National Museum membership is 1,296 which includes Campus memberships.
The Museum Store currently stocks over 3,000 items in inventory. Catalog orders represent approximately 20 percent of sales. The store maintains a website with secure online shopping capabilities.
This year was an exciting year for the Museum, as the Museum was able to continue to improve its overall financial position. The various new exhibits helped maintain attendance levels and sales of items in our gift shop.
The other fundraising activities (annual dinner, golf outing, car raffle, and adopt a car program) added an additional $50,000 to our revenue over prior years, and are allowing us to focus on our educational offerings and growing our collection.
As in the past two years, we have restructured our personnel to reinvest the monies into educational programming and social media.
The Studebaker National Museum has 120 vehicles in the collection. The collection includes the Studebaker Corporation’s “original collection” of 37 vehicles that were given to the City of South Bend in 1966. The Museum displays approximately 70 vehicles at any time, with an additional 40 vehicles are kept in “visible storage” in the Museum’s lower level. The collection features several one-of-a-kind vehicles including the 1956 Packard Predictor and the 1934 Bendix SWC.
The Studebaker National Museum Archives contain over 70 tons of paper documents, including corporate minutes, correspondence, records, etc. from The Studebaker Corporation and Packard Motor Car Co. The Archive collection also includes over 400,000 engineering drawings, photos, production records, newspaper articles and other artifacts.