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From the event organizer:
You are invited on Friday, December 20, 2013 to spend a day honoring the innovation that has built and is still growing South Bend.
As a community, we honor our past that relentlessly pursued the innovative spirit that built our community and embodied the name Studebaker. Fifty years ago on December 20th the lights turned off on the last Studebaker facility. However, the hard work and craftsmanship that thrived in those plants live on.
From 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Union Station Technology Center is opening Ivy Tower (Building 84) for guided tours. The Studebaker Driver’s Club will offer special tours, with Studebaker retiree guides starting at 2:30 pm. The Studebaker Administration Building will also be available for tours from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm. All tours will start from 635 S. Lafayette Street in South Bend. With the existing development plans, this could be one of the last times that the facility will be open for tours in its original state.
At 5:00 pm in Union Station’s grand hall, we will host an event to spotlight South Bend’s innovation. Specifically, the program will honor former Studebaker retirees, highlight current innovation in our community and point to innovation of the future.
Shortly after 6:00 pm, please join us outside Union Station, near Coveleski Stadium and throughout downtown to see our City spotlighted, demonstrating that the light of innovation that sparked our community remains on and bright today.
You are also encouraged to visit the Studebaker National Museum (free admission that day), the South Bend Museum of Art, and other downtown South Bend activities. All of the events are showcased in the attached flyer.
Please join us in spotlighting South Bend on this important day in our City’s history.
Kevin M. Smith
President & CEO
Union Station Technology Center