The History Museum and Oliver Mansion

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5March 19, 2019This is a tour of The Oliver mansion. The Oliver's made money selling plows in the mid 1800's. We did this museum and the Studebaker museum the same day. The 2 year old did not like the house...Read More
5March 13, 2019We visited the History Museum after touring through the Studebaker Museum and were fortunate to view a traveling exhibit of Tiffany lamps. I also particularly enjoyed the World War II women's...Read More
3March 6, 2019This museum had the misfortune of following the Studebaker Museum in my day. It has some nice history and a fine array of artifacts. Most of it is most interesting to the local population. Ifa...Read More
Downtown South Bend
808 West Washington Street, South Bend, IN 46601

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The History Museum's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit and teach the heritage of the St. Joseph River Valley region. First organized in 1867, The History Museum is the second oldest historical society in Indiana. The site includes: The Oliver Mansion or Copshaholm, the 38-room mansion that was once home to local industrialist J.D. Oliver Worker’s Home, reflecting a Polish immigrant family in the 1930s. It is also the repository for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League collection which includes photographs, programs, film footage, scrapbooks and playing equipment used by the teams. Individuals and institutions from across the country turn to The History Museum for research and information on the AAGPBL. The History Museum will also serve as the only stop in Indiana or Michigan for the touring exhibit Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, which features 36 costumes and accessories worn during the first four seasons of the hit show Downton Abbey. The History Museum is adjacent to the Studebaker National Museum.