Events

Presentation, “A Visit with Abraham Lincoln,” featuring Dean Dorrell

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 1:30 in the Wiekemp Auditorium;
Admission $2, free for members of the Studebaker National Museum or Museum Campus.

Join a conversation with our 16th President, as famed Lincoln portrayer Dean Dorrell presents an exciting and informative event.

As Lincoln, Dean will talk about Lincoln’s early life, his adult years in and around Springfield, and his years as President. The presentation uses Lincoln’s own words from his various speeches and writings. Guests can interact with the President as he discusses his life.

Dean Dorrell has been portraying Abraham Lincoln for over nineteen years in schools, on stage, and in commercials. He holds a life membership in the Association of Lincoln Presenters, which presented him with the “Abraham Lincoln of the Year” award for 2002. Among his many noted performances, Dean joined with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s “Star Spangled Fourth – Symphony on the Prairie”.

Presentation, “The Life of Schuyler Colfax,” featuring Ann Leonard

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 @ 1:30 in the Wiekemp Auditorium;
Admission is $2, free for members of the Studebaker National Museum or Museum Campus.

Join local Schuyler Colfax expert Ann Leonard, whose work was published by the Lincoln Memorial University and who is an affiliated scholar of Indiana University South Bend, as she presents a look at Schuyler Colfax’s life. Ms. Leonard will present an informative look at Schuyler Colfax’s time in the U.S. Congress, his three terms as Speaker of the House, and one term as Vice President under Ulysses Grant.

Colfax played an integral role in the founding of the Republican Party. He was an eager and early proponent of the Transcontinental Railroad and National Parks, especially Yosemite. Ms. Leonard is adamant in reminding the audience that Mr. Colfax was a man with little formal schooling, but, he was able to live the American dream and accomplish all of his life goals.

This program is only $2, or free for members of the Studebaker National Museum or Museums at West Washington Campus.

Join us for a look at a legendary local historical figure.

Presentation, “President Lincoln’s Barouche,” featuring Andrew Beckman

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 @ 1:30 in the Wiekemp Auditorium;
Admission is $2, free for members of the Studebaker National Museum or Museum Campus.

Join author and Studebaker National Museum Archivist Andrew Beckman in an informative session filled with little known facts about President Lincoln’s carriage.

Mr. Beckman has been involved with the conservation and preservation of this carriage since his first day at the Museum in 1999. This program shares the carriage’s unique story of how it came from delivering Lincoln to Ford’s Theatre in 1865, to an important piece in the Studebaker National Museum collection.

The Studebaker National Museum is the proud home of the world’s largest Presidential Carriage Collection, which includes President Ulysses Grant’s Landau, President William McKinley’s Phaeton, and President Benjamin Harrison’s Brougham.