Military history buffs need to plan their visit to The Bend’s museum district.
The History Museum and Studebaker National Museum have put together an incredible exhibit: “Manufacturing Victory.” Encompassing galleries in both museums, “Manufacturing Victory” takes a deep dive into how local companies and workers have contributed to war efforts dating back to before the Civil War.
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The exhibit is open now and is on display until Feb. 6, 2022. Visitors can see the entire exhibit by purchasing a pass for both museums.
Sneak Peek at Local Military History
Generations of workers around The Bend have contributed to United States military conflicts over the last 100-plus years. They worked at well-known manufacturers like Studebaker, Bendix, AM General and Ball-Band.
Vehicles on display in this exhibit include a Studebaker horse-drawn army wagon and an AM General Humvee. You can also find ammunition manufactured by Oliver, a missile by Bendix and diving equipment from Ball-Band. From utensils to clothing, nothing was too small for local manufacturers in their defense production.
More History at the Museums
Aside from the military history in “Manufacturing Victory,” there is more to explore while visiting the museums. These are some of the permanent collections and exhibits in both that you should see.
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The History Museum
Full Circle: Shakespearean Culture at Notre Dame: In collaboration with Shakespeare at Notre Dame, this exhibit showcases past and present performances and analysis.
Votes for Women: Women’s suffrage reached a turning point in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Learn more about how women received the right to vote.
Answering the Call: The Olivers and World War I: Examine the impact of the Great War through the eyes of local industrialist J.D. Oliver and his family.
Polished in Public, Fierce on the Field: The AAGPBL: An in-depth look at the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, popularized in the hit movie “A League of their Own.” The History Museum is a repository for the league.
Studebaker National Museum
1st Source Bank Presidential Carriage Collection: The world’s largest collection of presidential carriages includes the barouche Abraham Lincoln used the night of his assassination.
The Original Collection: Studebaker Corporation in 1966 gifted its 33-vehicle collection to the City of South Bend. This nucleus now forms Studebaker National Museum’s main collection.