ACD Automobile Museum receives grant to complete new permanent gallery and exhibition

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has been awarded a grant from the Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) in the amount of $249,725 for the completion of an all-new permanent gallery and exhibition, the E.L Cord Gallery of Entrepreneurship.
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(AUBURN, IN) – The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has been awarded a grant from the Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) in the amount of $249,725 for the completion of an all-new permanent gallery and exhibition, the E.L Cord Gallery of Entrepreneurship. Second place went to the city of Greensburg to build Pirate Park Community Green Space and Soccer Facility.

"Both of these grant awardees offer unique attractions and build on Indiana's quality of life," said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. "The Destination Development Grants will not only boost Auburn and Greensburg, but also serve as new reasons to bring people to their regions."

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The new E.L. Cord Gallery of Entrepreneurship will feature outstanding artifacts, graphic images, and interactive exhibit components that will educate and inspire audiences. The gallery will contain a 1931 Stinson AT-19 that was originally owned by the Auburn Automobile Company, a 1933 Checker cab that was built during the time of Cord’s ownership, and a 1937 Cord that was E.L. Cord’s personal car. In terms of small artifacts, the gallery will have personal items of Cord’s, examples of some of the products that he produced, and snippets from home movies and the family scrapbooks.

E.L. Cord with Auburn

E.L. Cord with Auburn

“The museum is honored to be the recipient of this grant, which will build upon the legacies and history that we preserve, interpret, and exhibit on a daily basis,” said Brandon J. Anderson, Executive Director & CEO of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. “The story of E.L. Cord is of the consummate entrepreneur, and there is so much to share about his life and businesses that will engage current and future generations to become business leaders in their own right. We are partnering with strong organizations in northeast Indiana to share this story and be an inspiration for others.”

Errett Lobann Cord 

Errett Lobann Cord 

The gallery will delve into the business phenomenon of the entrepreneur and what makes them different from other people. It will provide contemporary examples of those individuals who are still making a striking impact in business. Cord’s personal and business life will be further explored, including key Cord business associates such as Harold Ames, Lucius Manning, Raymond Pruitt, and other pertinent individuals that were part of the Cord Corporation.

"By funding these projects, we are investing in amenities, attractions, and facilities that enhance the experience where people want to live, work, play, study and stay," said Elaine Bedel, Secretary and CEO of IDDC. "I look forward to seeing the impact the new museum gallery and the community space and soccer facility will have on their respective regions as well as Indiana."

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About Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum

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 in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark. The museum is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm daily. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a place where automotive history comes to life! 1600 S. Wayne St. Auburn, IN, 46706 • (260) 925-1444 • automobilemuseum.org.

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