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From the Speedway Comes Their Stamina: Studebaker Racing & Record-Breakers

May 2024 August 30, 2024- April 6, 2025 From grueling cross-country endurance runs to the legendary Indianapolis 500, Studebaker had a long history of proving its products both on the track and the open road Explore a selection of artifacts, including a collection of early 20th century racing trophies, and record-breaking Studebaker automobiles from Read More →

Backyard to the Brickyard: Studebaker at Indy

May 2024 July 19, 2024- September 2, 2024 Calling all racing fans! Did you know that Studebaker fielded a factory-backed Indianapolis 500 team in 1932 and 1933 This summer, don’t miss a special showing in the AM General Atrium with the Museum’s newest acquisition, the 1933 #34 Studebaker Special, alongside the 1932 #18 car courtesy of Mike Cleary, Read More →

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: The Studebaker-Packard Corporation

May 2024 May 24, 2024 - October 20, 2024 Seventy years ago, the Studebaker Corporation and the Packard Motor Car Company merged to become the Studebaker-Packard Corporation amid high hopes and grand expectations In reality, neither company was entirely healthy; one industry veteran termed it as “two drunks helping each other cross the road” Four Read More →

Powering Masters of the Air: Studebaker & the B17 Flying Fortress

Mar 2024 Masters of the Air, the recent Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks-produced AppleTV+ show, chronicles the exploits of the USAAF’s 100th Bomb Group and its B17 Flying Fortresses during World War II Did you know that Studebaker was a primarily supplier for the massive Wright Cyclone R1820 engines that powered the B17 Learn more about Studebaker’s Read More →

South Bend Strong: 60 Years Later

Nov 2023 On December 20, 1963, the Studebaker Corporation ended 111 years of vehicle production in South Bend For generations, Studebaker was a South Bend fixture and a way of life for thousands of families Its closing resonated throughout the community as 7,000 workers faced an uncertain future This small-scale exhibit will commemorate the 60th Read More →

Radiator Mascots: Art, Style & Story

Nov 2023 From Packard’s Goddess of Speed to Rolls Royce’s Spirit of Ecstasy, radiator mascots turned the basic radiator filler cap into a renowned work of art Mascot designs varied widely, including mythological figures, brand iconography, animals, human figures, and a vast array of aftermarket accessory mascots of all description As radiator filler Read More →

Family Haulers: The American Station Wagon

Nov 2023 The station wagon was once the quintessential American family vehicle Before the minivan and its more modern cousins, the SUV and crossover, there was the station wagon Its origin story dates to the horse-drawn era, where station wagons were a specialized vehicle to ferry passengers and luggage to and from train stations In the automotive era, Read More →

Radiator Mascots: Art, Style & Story

Nov 2023 February 16, 2024 – May 5, 2024 From Packard’s Goddess of Speed to Rolls Royce’s Spirit of Ecstasy, radiator mascots turned the basic radiator filler cap into a renowned work of art Mascot designs varied widely, including mythological figures, brand iconography, animals, human figures, and a vast array of aftermarket accessory mascots Read More →

Romy Hammes Ford: Dealer’s Spotlight

This temporary exhibition highlights Romy Hammes Ford, a long-time Ford dealer here in South Bend (until the mid-1970s). The centerpiece of the exhibition is a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL pictured finished in white. 
Mar 2023 This temporary exhibition highlights Romy Hammes Ford, a long-time Ford dealer here in South Bend (until the mid-1970s) The centerpiece of the exhibition is a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL  The car was purchased new by Romy for his daughter, Kathlyn or “Kax” as a 39th birthday present and spent most of its life in Nevada  A salesman at Hammes Read More →

Mid-Century Master: The Designs of Brooks Stevens

Mid-Century Master: The Designs of Brooks Stevens logo. The logo has patterns in vivid shades of yellow and seafoam blue.
Mar 2023 Brooks Stevens and his Milwaukee-based firm revolutionized the field of industrial design in the twentieth century From the Oscar-Mayer Wienermobile to the famous “Skylark” symbol, his work and influence in the areas of transportation, home appliances, architecture, and brand design can still be seen and felt today Stevens’ stylish but Read More →