As South Bend celebrates its 150th birthday next year, the Studebaker National Museum will honor the 150th anniversary of a more somber event with our special exhibition, “Lincoln’s Final Journey: A Nation Mourns,” opening June 19 through October 31.
The Museum is the proud home of the carriage President Lincoln rode in on his way to Ford’s Theatre the night he was assassinated. This treasured artifact will be the centerpiece of an exhibition that reveres, educates, and allows visitors to experience the tragic events of that fateful night. In addition, we’ll be bringing in dozens of unique artifacts from local collectors and nationally known museums like Ford’s Theatre, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and more. It’s a rare opportunity to see some of the most special Lincoln artifacts in one place – and all in South Bend.
Together, these artifacts allow the Museum tell a story about that terrible tragedy on April 14, 1865. Visitors will be a witness to history as President Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth become forever entwined.