Indiana’s gleaming auto history is highlighted in current museum exhibit

An Indiana-made auto in Dr. Peter Kesling’s permanent collection at the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum: a Duesenberg. (Photo provided; click to enlarge)

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The LaPorte County Historical Society is hosting Auto Indiana, one of the Indiana Historical Society’s traveling exhibits, until the end of February. The exhibit, which takes visitors on a ride through Indiana’s rich automotive past, is on display on the upper level of the museum, alongside the Kesling Automobile Collection.

Auto Indiana explores the mark Indiana’s inventors and innovators such as Elwood Haynes and Ralph Teetor, and automakers such as Studebaker and Duesenberg, left on the industry — and vice versa.

The exhibit also illuminates ties between the automobiles and the development of many other economic opportunities for the “Crossroads of America,” such as the iron, steel and glass businesses. It also explores how the automobile became part of the American Dream and popular culture, from movies to making personal memories.

The exhibit allows guests to gaze down the road ahead for Hoosiers, from the environmental impact of automobiles to a look at manufacturing today.

Auto Indiana is made possible by Kroger. The museum is located at 2405 Indiana Ave. at the south entrance to LaPorte. For more information, call 219.324.6767 and visit www.laportecountyhistory.org. The museum is handicapped accessible.

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