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Celebrate Old Times and New at South Bend's Lively Museums

Pioneer roots run deep in South Bend and you can discover it all right in the city’s downtown museum district, from covered wagon days through enterprises that created millionaires. The Center for History chronicles the development of the St. Joseph River valley through a tour Copshaholm, a 38-room mansion built by a local industrialist and the Worker’s Home, which reflects a Polish immigrant family in the 1930s. Galleries reveal the region’s rise, including a history of the University of Notre Dame and the legendary Knute Rockne.

The Kidsfirst Children’s Museum at the Center gives youngster a chance to find out what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse, bargain at a trading post and live in a cabin through hands-on exhibits. Right next door, you can visit the stunning Studebaker National Museum, which showcases the covered wagon that brought the family to South Bend, the carriage that took Abraham Lincoln to his fatal night at Ford’s Theatre and a host of shiny vintage cars, including the last Studebaker to roll off the assembly line.

Website: http://www.centerforhistory.org/

destinations

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