Friday marks 50th anniversary of Studebaker closing

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South Bend February 16, 1852 was the day Henry and Clement Studebaker opened the H&C Studebaker Blacksmith shop right here in South Bend.

Through the years Studebaker employed thousands of people and it became a staple in our community but Friday, on the 50th anniversary of Studebaker closing its doors, we remember a day that many will never forget.

To help Michiana remember, the national museum is having special events for you and your family to participate in. All day long there will be free admission into the museum, light refreshments will be served and they will host a scavenger hunt.

Those who work at the museum will also be recording memories. They want to concentrate on former employees, but will accept video-recorded memories from anyone. They prefer 90 seconds each. These recordings will be part of the permanent archives collections, looped around the visitor lobby and used for future exhibits.

Friday, they will also be showing off their new exhibit. The new exhibit known as “Studebaker: Preserving the Past, Pursuing the Future” will showcase how Studebaker evolved from a blacksmith shop to a modern automobile manufacturer.

For a look at everything the museum has to offer, just click on their website.

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