Touring South Bend and College Football Hall of Fame

After touring all day yesterday on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, we planned to take a break and see some of the other sights in the area.

We started at ‘The Museums at Washington and Chapin’, which included three different sights.

We began with the Studebaker National Museum which had wonderful exhibits from the wagons they started to create when the brothers began in 1852 through  the Avanti which debuted in 1962.

We spent all told about 2+ hours in the Studebaker exhibit. Here is just a small sample of the historical vehicles which were part of the exhibit, including an electric vehicle and Knute Rockne.

Next, there was the carriage which President Lincoln rode to Ford’s Theatre the night he was assassinated (picture below). There was also the Lincoln exhibit within the Center for history. No pictures were allowed within this exhibit.

president lincoln carriage Touring South Bend and College Football Hall of Fame

There were also no pictures allowed to be taken in the Copshaholm 38 room mansion of industrialist JD Oliver and his family which was completed in 1896. The mansion and all of its contents were donated by the family in tact.

Finally, there was also the Ernestine M. Raclin Gallery of Notre Dame History focusing on Knute Rockne. Again, no pictures were allowed so here is one at the front of the exhibit.

ernestine m raclin gallery of notre dame history Touring South Bend and College Football Hall of Fame

After lunch we went to the College Football Hall of Fame. This is a must for any fan of U.S. College football.  There are exhibits on all the players and coaches and administrators in the Hall, interactive videos and activities. For me, being a Notre Dame fan, I was of course drawn to Notre Dame players and coaches. However this is not a Notre Dame exhibit, as there are lots and lots and lots of players and coaches throughout all of college football.

Here is a small collection of the pictures I took when we were there.

The following day, we returned to tour more parts of the campus of the University of Notre Dame as well as the Chicago Blackhawks. What do they have in common for me? Well select the following link to find out what we did on our next day.

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