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History on Wheels

A one-of-a-kind history experience with an exhibit dedicated to Indiana’s automotive and racing heritage is coming to Hoosier communities across the state. We’re proud to present History on Wheels, a 53-foot double-expandable semi-trailer and state-of-the-art traveling exhibit that will visit festivals, fairs, schools and other special events.

“For decades, the Indiana Historical Society has dedicated resources to giving people a way to experience and enjoy Indiana history in their own communities,” says IHS President and CEO John A. Herbst. “History on Wheels allows us to expand on this critical part of our mission. It is the only traveling exhibit of its kind in the state – truly a new way to experience history.”

When it rolls into Indiana cities and towns, the custom trailer housing the exhibition Auto Indiana will expand to nearly 1,000 square feet of indoor space. Inside the mobile museum, guests will take a ride through the state’s far-reaching and personal connections to the auto industry.

The exhibit touches on the history of more than 100 Indiana automakers and manufacturers, such as Cord, Duesenberg and Studebaker. It also delves into the lives of Hoosier innovators and inventors, such as Carl Fisher, Elwood Haynes and Ralph Teetor.

In one section of the exhibit, guests of all ages can explore under the hood of a car modeled after a 1914 Marmon Touring Car. In addition, children can climb into the driver’s seat of a mini IndyCar and imagine what it would be like to cross the famed Yard of Bricks.

For information on booking History on Wheels for your festival or event, email , coordinator, or call (317) 234-2029.

2017 Scheduled Stops

May 6 through 13 – Indiana Historical Society, Downtown Indianapolis

June 3 – CruZionsville, Downtown Zionsville

June 9 through 10 – Plymouth PT Cruz-In, Downtown Plymouth

June 16 through 18 – Marion County Fair, Marion County Fairgrounds, Indianapolis

June 23 through 25 – Goodland Grand Prix, Foster Park, Goodland

June 28 through July 1 – Covington 4th of July Festival, Covington City Park, Covington

July 7 through 9 – Three Rivers Festival, Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne

July 10 through 15 – Howard County 4-H Fair, Greentown Fairgrounds, Greentown

July 28 through 29 – Frankfort Hot Dog Festival, Downtown Courthouse Square, Frankfort

Aug. 19 through 20 – Yellowstone Trail Fest, Starke County Fairgrounds, Hamlet

Sept. 2 – Fly/In Cruise/In, Marion Municipal Airport, Marion

Sept. 11 through 13 – Anderson Public Library, Anderson

Sept. 15 through 16 – Back to the Fifties Festival, Boone County Fairgrounds, Lebanon

Sept. 20 – City of Whiting Cruise Night, Downtown Whiting

Sept. 22 through 24 – Apple Dumpling Days, Downtown Connersville

Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 – Newport Antique Auto Hill Climb, Newport

Oct. 14 – Red Hot Car Show, Main Street, Rochester

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