Indiana Historical Society’s ‘History on Wheels’
The Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS’s) History on Wheels traveling exhibit is the newest addition to a jam-packed festival weekend in downtown Rochester. The 53-foot double expandable semi trailer and mobile museum will be open to the public on Saturday, October 14, along with the Red Hot Car Show, Swap Meet and Fulton County Chili Cook-off.
Free admission to History on Wheels runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Once aboard, IHS’s Auto Indiana exhibit will take guests on a ride through Indiana’s rich automotive and racing heritage.
The exhibit touches on the history of more than 100 Indiana automakers and manufacturers, such as Duesenberg, Gibson and Studebaker. It also includes interactive technology, such as a display that allows guests to explore under the hood of a vehicle modeled after a 1914 Marmon Touring Car.
‘This is an excellent exhibit for all ages,’ said Diana Smith of the Blacktop Cruiser Car Club. ‘There is so much information about the cars that were built in Indiana. Kids can also climb into the seat of a mini IndyCar and imagine what it would be like to cross the famed Yard of Bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.’
In addition to History on Wheels, the Red Hot Car Show, presented by the Blacktop Cruiser Car Club, will feature dozens of categories and awards. Guests are invited to enter a prized vehicle or just enjoy a day of cars, trucks and motorcycles.
IHS’s History on Wheels is supported by Lilly Endowment Inc., and fueled by CountryMark.
Historical societies, libraries, museums, schools and other nonprofit organizations can book History on Wheels for two to three day rentals. For reservation fees and booking information, contact Mark McNees, IHS History on Wheels coordinator, at (317) 234-2029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.