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The Bend's Civil Rights Museum

Once a dilapidated building, the former Engman Public Natatorium now tells important stories. The natatorium experienced a rebirth in 2010 when it was dedicated as the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center. It's since become an important public gathering space and an attraction…

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Explore the Studebaker-Bendix Heritage Trail

History isn’t only meant to be viewed through glass cases inside museum. Another perspective is available to those that seek it, one where the past becomes a little more vivid. You can bring some of The Bend’s history to life in this way by traveling the Studebaker-Bendix Heritage Trail, which…

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Right at Home: Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet

It's difficult to visit The Bend without encountering a cornerstone of its history: Studebaker Corporation. The company started in 1852 when two of the five Studebaker brothers, Clem and Henry Jr., opened a blacksmith shop. They first made parts for wagons then began to build their own, eventually…

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Island Park: A Must-See in Indiana

The secret is out on one of The Bend’s charming parks. Island Park, adjacent to the Century Center in downtown South Bend, overlooks the St. Joseph River. USA Today in 2017 named it as one of “25 Must-See buildings in Indiana.” It should come as no surprise; Island Park offers a distinct view of the…

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