Museum auto exhibit opens Saturday

From Local Sources

JASPER — The Dubois County Museum invites the community to explore the excitement of automobiles as it hosts Auto Indiana, one of the Indiana Historical Society’s traveling exhibits, from June 30 until July 26. The exhibit, which takes visitors on a ride through Indiana’s rich automotive past, will be on display at the museum.

Auto Indiana explores the mark Indiana’s inventors and innovators, such as Elwood Haynes and Ralph Teetor, and automakers,  such as Studebaker and Duesenberg, left on the industry and vice versa.

The exhibit features eight panels of information and illuminates ties between the automobiles and the development of many other economic opportunities for the “Crossroads of America,” such as the iron, steel and glass businesses. In addition, it explores how the automobile became part of the American Dream and popular culture, from movies to making personal memories.

Finally, the exhibit allows guests to gaze down the road ahead for Hoosiers, from the environmental impact of automobiles to a look at manufacturing today. Auto Indiana is made possible by Kroger.

The Dubois County Museum has added many of its own items on autos from its vast collection.  First check out the display of car items in the lobby, then visit Exhibit Room II to view panels of information and other items for Mercedes, Duesenberg, Auburn, Cord, Studebaker, Graham, Opel and Ford. Check out the early local car dealers, Hoffman Bros., Fritch’s, Ruxer, Luegers and Uebelhor. See the Standard Oil bottle and the radiator water can. There are plenty of wrenches and old tools. See the old Studebaker children’s wagon. Admire the 1924 Maxwell purchased by Louis Sturm. Folklore had it that it was upstairs at Sturm’s on the Square, but people can see it restored thanks to Bernie and Sharon Sturm Messmer.

The museum, 2704 N. Newton St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information, call 634-7733 or visit The museum is also on Facebook and Twitter.


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