The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum to hold its Driving Experience on June 27-28
BY WENDY ALTSCHULER For Sun-Times Media
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a National Historic Landmark accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, welcomes visitors nationally, as well as from more than 40 countries, each year. Located in the original 1930s international headquarters of the renowned Auburn Automobile Company in Auburn, Indiana, more than 120 classic, antique, vintage and special-interest cars are brilliantly displayed on three floors alongside other automotive-related exhibits.
“The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has put together a really fun and exciting calendar of events for 2014,” said Kendra Klink, chief operating officer at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. “This year is going to be an exciting one at the museum. Not only is staff busy updating two galleries and placing touch-screen information kiosks throughout the museum to enhance visitor experiences, but also we are continuing The Road Ahead Capital Campaign and celebrating the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum being open to the public for 40 years.”
Alyssa Miller, functions manager at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, said: “The museum staff, volunteers and trustees have been working hard to make 2014 a year to remember. There will be lots of new and exciting events, updates and changes.”
One of the most talked-about, new-fangled programs this year is the museum’s Driving Experience, which supports nonprofit educational programs. The fifth annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Driving Experience will take place on June 27-28 at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet.
“This event accommodates a wide variety of cars and drivers — from those who have never participated in a track event to the experienced who have attended professional driving schools,” Klink said. “This fundraising event invites participants to experience the unrestricted enjoyment of an automobile and enjoy the camaraderie of others who share a love for cars.”
The museum, according to Klink, creates a family-friendly educational environment for each visitor, and it has developed formal education study programs for students in grades 1-12. The programs meet Indiana academic standards for study trips in areas including math, engineering, science, history and more.
“The student’s experience at the museum is sometimes the first and only opportunity they have to visit a formal museum,” Klink said.
Events such as the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Driving Experience help the museum reach and exceed the highest museum standards while fulfilling its noble mission to preserve, interpret and create a passion for Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles and their heritage of innovation, influence, design and competition.
“Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a place where automotive history comes to life,” Miller said. “The story told throughout the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is one of history, entrepreneurship, leadership, craftsmanship, community, design, ingenuity, business savvy and triumph, which resulted in some of the most beautiful rolling sculptures.”
The museum is open from 10 a.m. — 7 p.m., Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. — 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The last admission is one hour before closing.
For more information about the museum or the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Driving Experience, call (260) 925-1444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.