IHS’s History on Wheels

IHS’s History on Wheels


There will be even more to see and do at this year's Haynes Apperson Festival with the addition of the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS’s) History on Wheels traveling exhibit. The 53-foot double expandable semi-trailer will be free and open to festival visitors daily, July 4 through 6, from 4 to 11 p.m. 

Aboard History on Wheels, IHS's Auto Indiana exhibit takes visitors on a ride through the state’s rich automotive and racing heritage. Auto Indiana touches on the history of more than 100 Indiana automakers and manufacturers, such as Duesenberg, Gibson and Studebaker. The exhibit also delves into the lives of Hoosier innovators and inventors, such as festival namesakes Elwood Haynes and the Apperson brothers.

“Indiana’s automotive history began on July 4, 1894, in Kokomo,” said Jeff Shively, director of development for the Kokomo Automotive Museum. “It is fitting that History on Wheels is part of the Haynes Apperson Festival for the 125th anniversary of that seminal date.”

In addition to covering auto history, History on Wheels includes interactive activities for the whole family. A touch screen station allows guests to explore under the hood of a vehicle modeled after a 1914 Marmon Touring Car. Kids can also climb into the driver’s seat of a mini Indy car and imagine what it would be like to cross the famed Yard of Bricks.
History on Wheels is presented by Jiffy Lube of Indiana, supported by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, fueled by CountryMark and made possible by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The visit to the Haynes Apperson Festival is made possible by the Community Foundation of Howard County, the Howard County Automotive Hall of Fame, the Kokomo Automotive Museum, and the Pioneer Auto Club. Guests will find the traveling exhibit near the intersection of Washington and Superior streets, at the northern boundary of Foster Park.
For more information about the Haynes Apperson Festival, visit www.haynesappersonfestival.org.

The fun begins on Thursday, July 4, with the traditional “Commemorative Run.” At 3:30 pm, a caravan of vintage cars and trucks will depart from the Haynes Memorial at the corner of Goyer and Boulevard and make their way along an automotive history-packed route through Kokomo before arriving at Foster Park to open the festival with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 pm. There will be a cruise-in at the park that evening hosted by the Pioneer Auto Club of Kokomo. Saturday evening, there will be another cruise-in, hosted by the Shifter’s club. The Pioneer Auto Club’s 45th annual Haynes-Apperson Car Show will be on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.