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Olive B. Cole Foundation Grant Helps the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Provide Free Study Trips to Students in 2013




 (AUBURN) – Thanks to a another grant from the Olive B. Cole Foundation, Inc., the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum will, once again, be offering free Study Trips to students in 2013, while funding lasts. The Study Trips are offered through the museum’s Beyond the Classroom program, which allows teachers to bring their students to the museum to participate in Study Trips that meet Indiana Academic Standards in a variety of subjects including mathematics, history, science, technology, economics, art and even accounting via live presentations, exhibits and hands-on activities. Four retired volunteer educators serve as Study Trip teachers.




“We are grateful to the Olive B. Cole Foundation for making the Study Trips much more economical for the museum to provide and completely affordable for students. Because of the support provided by the Foundation in 2012, the museum saw a 50 percent increase over the number of students who participated in the Study Trip program in 2011. Almost 1,700 students, mainly from northeast Indiana, participated in museum Study Trips in 2012. We are looking forward to serving even more students in 2013,” said Jon Bill, the museum’s director of education and Archives, who oversees the program. Since the program’s inception in 2001, over 15,000 students have participated.




“Students also gain a sense of pride when they learn about the innovative and skillful workers from their own communities who produced or sold the classic automobiles right here in Auburn, Indiana, when the museum was the Auburn Automobile Company,” Bill adds. “And sometimes, a Study Trip visit is a student’s first exposure to a museum or a National Historic Landmark.”




A variety of Study Trips to match grade levels are offered, and more than one Academic Standard can be fulfilled in a trip. For example, many Indiana fourth-grade students, who are required to learn Indiana history, participate in the museum’s Cars of Indiana Study Trip in the Lincoln National Corporation Cars of Indiana Gallery. This trip allows them to fulfill Academic Standards in four subjects:  history, math, science and language arts. Students learn about the cars made in Indiana cities and towns to fulfill the history standard. They learn and work with horsepower-to-weight ratio, a calculation that measures the acceleration capability of a car, to meet the math standard. The science standard is met when students learn about the simple machines of the time such as the lever, axle, wedge and screw. For language arts fulfillment, students participate in Reader’s Theater, an activity in which they role play with a script that chronicles how Elwood Haynes, creator of the Haynes automobile, was once credited with being the inventor of the automobile in the United States.




The Assembly Line Simulation, fulfilling the academic standards of history and technology, is a very popular trip with students and teachers. A model truck assembly line is set up and students learn—hands on—how a modern production line operates and the advantages of assembly line production. Students are assigned “jobs” to perform as the model wooden truck is assembled from the frame to the finished product.






Custom trips can also be created to tie directly to the needs of a classroom. The majority of presentations are conducted on-site in the museum’s galleries and Metal Technologies, Inc. Education Center, but the presentations may be conducted off-site at area schools. Teachers who want to schedule a Study Trip for their classes should contact Bill at 260-925-1444, ext. 19 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – where the world’s finest cars of yesterday live today! Over 120 classic, antique, vintage and special interest cars are displayed with other automotive related exhibits on three floors. The museum is located in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark. The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Last admission one hour before closing.  Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a place where automotive history comes to life! Shop the Museum Store Online today!  automobilemuseum.org