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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Presents Living History Night

(AUBURN) – The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is excited to invite visitors to interact with history during its “Living History Night” on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 

Actors depicting E.L. Cord, Alan Leamy, sales associates, secretaries, and laborers will be present for visitors to talk with, interact with and learn from.  “This event idea came from a brainstorming session with staff,” said Aaron Warkentin, curator of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.  “The entire staff is passionate about the Museum, its mission, and its educational programs.  This event is just one more way that we can share our passion for this history with the public.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to work with a salesman to place an order for an automobile, just as they would have between 1930 and 1936 at one of Auburn Automobile Company’s official dealerships worldwide.  “The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is the only museum in the world where visitors can walk the same hallways and climb the same stairs as the people who created the history,” Kendra Klink, chief operating officer stated.  “During this special event, visitors can not only experience those things, but they can also find out what it might have been like to interact with the President of the Auburn Automobile Company, an acclaimed automobile designer, the secretaries who kept the company running smoothly, the salesmen who sold the automobiles, and the laborers who used their hands to craft the beautiful works of art the Museum has the privilege of sharing 362 days a year.”

This family-friendly event is free with admission.  Come and experience the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum like you never have before!

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

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Presents Classic Car Detailing Tech Session with SweetCars

(AUBURN) – The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is excited to partner with SweetCars Master Detailer Mike Cardenas on its first Classic Car Detailing Tech Session.  The class will be on Saturday, April 5, 2014 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Collection Conservation Center. 

Named one of the top 20 automotive dealers in the country, SweetCars prides itself on being experts in automotive care and maintenance.  “Partnering with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum on this Classic Car and Modern Car detailing tech sessions was a no-brainer,” said Mike Cardenas of SweetCars.  “Both SweetCars and the Museum have similar values in being the top resource for automotive enthusiasts by providing expert information to facilitate passion for automobiles and automotive history.”

The Classic Car Detailing Tech Session will include live demonstrations of special detailing techniques, approaches to detailing, product recommendations, and question and answer time.  “The Collection Conservation Center is a place where the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum can not only care for its collection, but a place where it can educate the public about classic cars, automotive care, and conservation,” said Kendra Klink, chief operating officer of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.  “Educating and creating excitement and passion for automobiles is the foundation the Museum was built on 40 years ago.  It remains a vital and important part of our work every day and this technical detailing seminar is one way the Museum can share its mission with the public.”

This is a FREE event.  Space is limited.  You can register for the Classic Car Detailing Tech Session on Saturday, April 5, 2014 by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling Kendra Klink at (260) 925-1444.  

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Cork and Canvas Painting Classes

A Fun Evening Where You Can Paint the Night Away

(AUBURN) – The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum invites the public to sign up to attend the third of twelve “Cork and Canvas” events on Thursday, March 13, 2014.  Under the instruction of the very talented Emma Taylor-Metcalf of Lyn-Maree’s and Emma Marie Art, attendees will be guided step-by-step through the painting of the selected picture.    

“Attendees start with a blank canvas and leave with a completed masterpiece,” said Kendra Klink, Chief Operating Officer of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.  “Having the opportunity to be creative in a place like the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum where rolling sculptures are on display every day of the year is very special.”

“Guests are invited to choose a seat, grab a brush, and paint away,” said Emma Taylor-Metcalf.  “It is exciting to share my passion for painting with so many great people.  I love to see all of the finished works of art – they are different from one another and fantastic at the same time.  I wish I could hang them all at my house!”

Each Cork and Canvas session is $35 per person.  The fee includes admission to the Museum, instruction to complete your painting, supplies, a drink ticket, and of course you get to take your finished product home!  To register for any, or all, of the upcoming Cork and Canvas sessions, call the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum at (260) 925-1444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on session per month is scheduled through December 2014.


 
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

New Automobile Donation: 1936 Cord 810

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 1936 Cord 810 Westchester sedan donated by Kimber J. Heddens of Evansville, Indiana.

This Cord has an extraordinary story.  Mr. Heddens, the donor of this Cord, is its third owner.  He purchased the car in 1957 where it was first registered in Mr. Heddens’ hometown.   Mr. Heddens enjoyed his Cord as often as possible driving to many auto events throughout the region.  He became an early member of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club and was a frequent participant in its activities.  The car won many prestigious awards for its quality and authentic restoration at Club events, including some as far away as California.  Mr. Heddens and his family agreed that the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum would be the best way to continue to exhibit this wonderful Cord for the public to see.

This Cord is representative of the majority of Cords purchased by the public.  Its black exterior contrasts well with its tan fabric interior.  The Westchester body style features a streamlined “flat-back” trunk that was preferred by Gordon Buehrig, the car’s chief designer.

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

New Automobile Donation: 1936 Cord 810

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 1936 Cord 810 Westchester sedan donated by Betty Malks of Capitola, California.

This Cord has an extraordinary story.  It was known as Moonshadow by its former owner, the late Josh B. Malks, who was an early Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club member and editor of the club’s newsletter.  Mr. Malks was also an acknowledged Cord 810/812 expert, having wrote two comprehensive books on the subject, along with contributions to many automotive publications.

During Mr. Malks’ ownership, this Cord traveled on three continents.  From the Swiss Alps to the Dead Sea, this Cord drove tens of thousands of miles.  It performed an annual pilgrimage to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Reunion over Labor Day week.  Through Mr. Malks’ tireless efforts and his use of this Cord, he was able to preserve and tell the amazing story of the Cord 810/812 automobile.

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum's Chief Operating Officer, Kendra Klink, was recently featured in the Fort Wayne, Indiana newspaper The Journal Gazette, as its October "In the Lead" profile.  "It was a great honor to be featured," Klink said.  "It is exciting to share the work I do, my values, and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum with the community."  The interview featuring Klink can be found by clicking here.  

Museum’s Operations Director Honored with “40 Under 40” Award from Fort Wayne Business Weekly 

 

 

 Each year The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly allows readers to nominate a person helping to shape the future through business and community involvement under the age of 40.  Kendra Klink, operations director of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, has been chosen as a member of the “40 Under 40” class of 2013.  She received the award at a sold-out banquet hosted by the newspaper on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at YOLO event center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Klink, a 1997 graduate of Canterbury High School, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, went on to graduate from Saint Mary’s College (South Bend, IN) in 2001 with a bachelors degree in international business and marketing, then attended Valparaiso University School of Law (Valparaiso, IN) and graduated in 2004.  She has been working at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum since 2007.  Klink began working as the events manager, and in 2008 took on the leadership role of operations director, where she manages the day-to-day operations of the museum. 

“Kendra brings enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity to her demanding position and she does it with grace.  Her work is critical to the success of the Museum on a national level.  Additionally, her love and dedication to making her community an outstanding place to live are present in everything she does on and off the job,” said Laura Brinkman, executive director of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

Stretching a 16-county area, nominations are encouraged to be written for leaders who are sure to be a part of the next generation that will make their communities an outstanding place to live and work.  “It really was unexpected and exciting to not only be nominated, but to be chosen as one of the 40 winners of this award,” said Klink.  “It was such a fun night to share with my friends and family, as well as all of the other award recipients.  I think that being able to work in a museum so beautiful and rich in history that changed the automotive world, and then add in the fact that I am able to do that work in a town that I love, is an amazing award itself.”

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

The Dekko Foundation Pledges $150,000 in Matching Funds to Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum’s Capital Campaign

 

 

 

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is proud to announce that The Dekko Foundation has recently pledged up to $150,000 in matching funds to the museum’s capital campaign, The Road Ahead.  The Dekko funds will provide a 1:1, dollar for dollar, match to gifts made by individual and corporate donors in northeast Indiana.  

 

“We are grateful that The Dekko Foundation chose to make an investment in the museum’s growth and future and in the northeast Indiana community in this way. We are eager to use these funds to spur community gifts from northeast Indiana donors with this incentive that will double their impact for the museum,” said Debbie Hickman, development director.

 

 

 

“We are thankful to the many generous donors who have made this campaign so successful, so far—helping us in the quest to conserve museum collections and make the history here much more accessible and engaging for visitors of all ages. The Dekko Foundation’s pledge will help us take the campaign to completion. The campaign, only the third in the museum’s nearly 40-year history, will help ensure, on many levels, that museum will be here for hundreds of years as a prime example of American automotive history that took place right here in northeast Indiana,” said Laura Brinkman, museum executive director.   

 

To learn how you can double the impact of your gift to The Road Ahead campaign, please call Laura Brinkman or Debbie Hickman at 260-925-1444.

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

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

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum holds Volunteer Recruitment Fair

 

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum will be holding a Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Thursday, May 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Entry to the Fair is free.

 

Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in the history of Auburns, Cords, Duesenbergs, the history of Auburn Automobile Company or just learn more about automotive history in general?  Do you have a green thumb, mad computer skills, or love meeting and talking to new people?  Or do you just have some extra time and you’re looking for something positive to do with it?  Then the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum wants you!  The Volunteer Recruitment Fair will be hosted by the museum’s own Volunteer Association who will be there to answer questions about all the things they do and help you get involved.

 

In addition to handling some of the museum’s daily operations, volunteers assist with seasonal duties, such as gardening, and special events, like the annual Bridal Show and activities that take place at the museum during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival.  The perks of being a volunteer include receiving monthly newsletters, invitations to social functions like monthly meetings and a holiday potluck dinner, making friends and meeting visitors from all over the world, going on an annual field trip and having the rewarding feeling of being a part of an organization that preserves local history for future generations. 

 

If you’d like to be a part of the team that is a lifeline for our world famous museum, stop in to our Volunteer Recruitment Fair and see what we’re all about!

 

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

 

 
 
 
 

Kelly Services Executive Chairman Terence E. Adderley to serve as Honorary National Chairman of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum’s $3.5 million Campaign

 

 Auburn, Ind. (Aug. 30, 2012) – Michael Eikenberry, Chairman of the Board of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, today announced the appointment of Terence E. “Terry” Adderley, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, as Honorary National Chairman for The Road Ahead, the $3.5 million capital campaign for Auburn Automotive Heritage, Inc., the not-for-profit corporation that is known as the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

Adderley, one of the nation’s foremost car enthusiasts and collectors, is a long-time member of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club.  As the owner of a world-class collection of award-winning classic cars, he has a strong passion for those of the Auburn Automobile Company and Duesenberg, Inc., and a special interest in race cars and racing history.

Adderley has held strong ties with the museum from its beginning when he co-signed the bank note to purchase the old Auburn Automobile Company headquarters building that was in disrepair.  He served on the museum’s Board of Directors at its opening on July 6, 1974. Today, it is a National Historic Landmark and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

The son of Kelly Services, Inc. founder, William Russell Kelly, Adderley is Chairman of the Board and Executive Chairman of Kelly Services, Inc., a Fortune 500 global staffing and workforce-solutions company. He also serves on the board of directors for numerous business, civic, educational, and philanthropic organizations, including the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Earlier this year, he received the 2012 Automotive Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Road Ahead is an exciting national campaign designed to raise $3.5 million during 2012 and provide for the immediate and future needs and programs of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Targeted toward Technology, Education, Conservation, Sustainability, and an Education and Exhibit Plaza, the fund drive is designed to ensure that the  museum’s educational exhibits and programs stay current with today’s technology, providing more information and interactive applications for visitors from across America and throughout the world. The Road Ahead will preserve and expand the nation’s only auto collection located in its original international headquarters showroom and administration building and make possible even more exciting and valuable services to its constituencies.

 

 

For more information on The Road Ahead please click here or contact us at  (260) 925-1444 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 daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. year round, and is open Tuesdays in 2012 until 8:00 p.m. Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a place where automotive history comes to life! Named one of the United States top automotive destinations by Old Cars Weekly and Autoweek magazine.  Shop the Museum Store Online today!  automobilemuseum.org


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