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Studebaker to host book lecture

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presented by: John Heitmann, author, Professor at the University of Dayton, and President of Society of Automotive Historians

Sunday, November 15, 2015, at 1:00pm in the Wiekamp Auditorium;

$2 admission / FREE to Studebaker National Museum members

Join automotive historian John Heitmann as he reviews a history of automobile theft in the United States. Dr. Heitmann will examine a broad range of related topics that includes motives and methods, technological deterrents, place and space, institutional responses, international borders, and cultural reflections. Stealing Cars -- with the automobile at the center of the story -- is a unique window into America's past, and at times, a disturbing look into its inner soul. 

At the University of Dayton since 1984, Professor Heitmann has taught a wide variety of courses in the history of science and technology and environmental history. Active on numerous departmental, college, and university committees, Heitmann served as chair of the Department of History between 1991 and 1995. He has an active research agenda exploring connection between science, technology and religion, and additionally pursues topics related to the history of the automobile. In his leisure time, he continues to restore a 1971 Porsche 911T Targa and plays tennis in USTA leagues. Professor Heitmann is the past Alumni Chair in the Humanities, and earned his Ph.D. is from John Hopkins University in 1983.

This program is in conjunction with the Museum Store Open House and Automotive Book Fair.

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The Studebaker National Museum is located at 201 So. Chapin St., just west of downtown South Bend. It is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm, and Sun. Noon–5pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors over 60, and $5 for youth ages 6-18. For more information, please call the Museum at (574) 235-9714 or toll free at (888) 391-5600 or visit our website at For an additional cost, visitors may tour the exhibits and Oliver Mansion at The History Museum, which adjoins the Studebaker National Museum.

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