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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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Studebaker National Museum: Showcasing Classic Cars

Local history, presidential lore and automotive progress combine at Studebaker National Museum. No telling of South Bend's history is complete without including Studebaker, one of the world’s top automobile manufacturers of yesteryear. RELATED CONTENT: Explore the Studebaker-Bendix Heritage Trail…

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The History Museum: Explore The Bend's Past

What you see around The Bend today is rooted in its past. Few attractions bring this to light better than The History Museum, which is on the same campus as the Studebaker National Museum and includes the pristine Oliver Mansion. Its exhibits paint a vivid picture of South Bend and the surrounding…

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Bed and Breakfasts of The Bend

One of the benefits of The Bend’s rich history are the many historic homes that dot the area. Some of them have transformed into quaint bed and breakfasts. They’re the type of places you can relax in a welcoming environment, all while experiencing a slice of homespun hospitality. If you like to stay…

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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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National Tourism Week in The Bend

When people think about tourism around The Bend, they automatically turn to Notre Dame football season. But what if we told you the busiest time for visitors is actually during the summer? True story. Visitor spending for a Notre Dame football home game checks in at about $17 million. Yet it's just…

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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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Lincoln's Final Journey

As South Bend celebrates its 150th birthday next year, the Studebaker National Museum will honor the 150th anniversary of a more somber event with our special exhibition, “Lincoln’s Final Journey: A Nation Mourns,” opening June 19 through October 31. The Museum is the proud home of the carriage…

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