Staycation Sunday: Enjoy a Day of Mansions & Museums for FREE on August 9th

Sunday, August 9, 2015 has been chosen for Staycation Sunday at the Seiberling Mansion and Kokomo Automotive Museum, as well as the Elwood Haynes Museum. For one day only, museum admission will be waived for all visitors and everyone can tour and learn about our history for free!

Seiberling Mansion - Howard County Historical Society

The Seiberling Mansion, once home to wealthy industrialist Monroe Seiberling and later to George Kingston, is now home to the Howard County Museum. Visitors will see a restored Victorian home as well as exhibits of Howard County history. The museum will be open from 1:00pm-4:00pm and is located at 1200 West Sycamore. Free parking is available, with access from Walnut Street (north of the mansion). For more information about the mansion and museum, visit their website at howardcountymuseum.org.

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The Kokomo Automotive Museum is located in the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event and Conference Center at 1500 N. Reed Road (SR 931). It features a selection of early made-in-Kokomo Haynes and Apperson autos. In addition to the more than 100 antique cars, those who appreciate vintage advertising and antiques will enjoy a great collection of signage and a variety of memorabilia relevant to the history of the cars on display. Its permanent exhibits trace the history of the automobile and the rich automotive history of the City of Firsts. The present feature exhibit highlights the life and times of the Ford Thunderbird. The museum is open from 10:00am-4:00pm. Learn more at kokomoautomotivemuseum.org.

The Elwood Haynes Museum is found in Haynes’ former residence at 1915 S. Webster in Kokomo, on the south end of Highland Park. The museum will be open for Staycation Sunday from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Visitors will not only tour the home of a remarkable innovator, but will see exhibits about his role in the great Indiana Gas Boom, his automotive inventions, metallurgical discoveries, and the companies he founded.

For more information on things to do in Kokomo, check out visitkokomo.org.

Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference coming to Kokomo

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The 2015 Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference will be held in Kokomo on April 21-24, 2015.

A variety of educational sessions, workshops, and local tours will be offered featuring local, state, and nationally recognized preservationists and guest speakers.  A few highlights will include the IDHPA annual preservation awards dinner at the Kokomo Country Club and dinner and tours at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company.

Conference sessions and workshops will be held in unique historic buildings in and around Downtown Kokomo, and will be “full of new ideas for old places!”  To register or to find out more information, visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/4463.htm.

The conference is hosted by Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (IDHPA), Indiana University, and Indiana Landmarks.

Check Out the Auto Indiana Exhibit at the Seiberling Mansion!

Seiberling Mansion

Seiberling Mansion

The Seiberling Mansion has two new exhibits on display!

First, the Howard County Historical Society is hosting Auto Indiana, a traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society, during the month of September.  With this exhibit, visitors will take a ride through Indiana’s rich automotive past as they discover the Hoosier State’s prolific contributions.  From inventors and innovators like Elwood Haynes and Ralph Teetor to automakers like Studebaker and Duesenberg, Indiana has left an indelible mark on the industry for more than a century – and vice versa.

The exhibit illuminates ties between the automobiles and the development of many other economic opportunities for the “Crossroads of America,” such as the iron, steel and glass businesses.  It also explores how the automobile became part of American Dream and popular culture, from movies to making personal memories.  Auto Indiana is made possible by Kroger and is located on the 3rd floor of the Seiberling Mansion.

Here are some photos I took last week:

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There is also a new permanent Delco Radio exhibit on the 2nd floor.  Make sure you check it out on your next visit!

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Don’t forget about the Mobile Device Tour!  Stops are located throughout the Seiberling Mansion.  Listen to an audio tour, see additional historical photos, and stream videos (depending on what type of cell phone you have.)  Be on the lookout for these signs:

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The Seiberling Mansion is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo.  For more information about these exhibits or the mobile device tour, call (765) 452-4314 or visit www.howardcountymuseum.org.  To learn more about the Indiana Historical Society and its programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

Download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App – for local information at your fingertips!

The Visit Kokomo mobile app now has a NEW design!  Check out our newly updated and redesigned app that has a fresh, new look and is more user-friendly than ever.  Find information on local attractions, local restaurants, tours, upcoming events, walking & biking trails, and much more.  The Visit Kokomo app is FREE and available on both Apple & Android devices.

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Indiana Bicentennial Train rolls into Kokomo Sept. 26-28

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All Aboard!  The Indiana Bicentennial Train (originally known as the Indiana History Train) will be in Kokomo (the first of four stops this year) on September 26-28, 2013.  The train will be located in Downtown Kokomo at the corner of Superior and Buckeye Streets.  Visit Kokomo to experience this unique state-wide event first!

The public is invited to tour the train with its three 65-foot refurbished freight cars.  The Indiana Bicentennial Train’s on-board exhibition, The Next Indiana, will help visitors reflect on the past, present and future of the Hoosier State.  Before or after seeing this new exhibit, visit temporary “depots” filled with hands-on activities, games and presentations for all ages. Visit with a historic 1916 interpreter, vote for your favorite Hoosier invention, explore the Creativity Commons tent, and shop in the pop-up history market.

Admission is free!  The Indiana Bicentennial Train and accompanying activities will be open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Group reservations are available by calling (317) 232-1882 (space is limited.)  For more information, visit www.indianahistory.org/train/kokomo.

The 2013 Indiana Bicentennial Train is presented by the Indiana Historical Society and sponsored by The Indiana Rail Road Company and Norfolk Southern Corporation, in partnership with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and Indiana Humanities.

 

Explore Autos and Art Glass in Kokomo

Travel to Kokomo, Indiana to discover art glass, automobiles, and delicious culinary experiences.  Whether you are traveling with family, friends, or a group, you won’t want to miss these must-see attractions!

Watch how glass is made at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company (KOG) has been producing art glass in its original Kokomo location since 1888.  They are America’s oldest art glass company and were voted Best Factory Tour – Indiana 2011.  Located at 1310 South Market Street, public factory tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:00am.  Even if you are not a glass enthusiast, I guarantee you will enjoy this fascinating tour!  Watch as skilled ladlers quickly scoop molten glass from the furnace and carefully mix the glass to the exact color and texture desired.  Over 22,000 variations of sheet glass are produced in their facility.  The sheet glass produced in Kokomo is shipped all over the world and used by glass artisans for stained glass windows and custom projects.

Beautiful feather vases made at the KOG Hot Glass Studio

The tour also includes a trip through the KOG Hot Glass Studio.  Watch as expert artists use Kokomo glass to create unique blown, pressed, and hand-cast glass items.  Most blown glass art items are available to purchase in the OP Shop, including suncatchers, stunning bowls and vases, perfume bottles, jewelry, beads, and other beautiful items.  Call 765-457-1829 for information or shop online at www.kog.com.

Kokomo has a rich history of automotive heritage and industry, starting with America’s First Car, developed in 1894 by Kokomo resident Elwood Haynes.  Visitors can see a 1905 Haynes automobile at the Elwood Haynes Museum and explore his former residence, now filled with exhibits chronicling his life as an inventor and the auto industry in Kokomo.  The Elwood Haynes Museum is located at 1915 South Webster Street and can be contacted at 765-456-7500.

Then, visit the Kokomo Automotive Museum.  Over 100 antique and classic automobiles, including several made in Kokomo, will take you on a wonderful trip through the past.  Exhibits include a replica of America’s First Car built by Elwood Haynes and a 1950’s diner, along with many other auto-related memorabilia.  All ages will enjoy this wonderful collection located at 1500 North Reed Road (U.S. 31.)  For more information, call 765-454-9999.

View over 100 cool cars at the Kokomo Automotive Museum

Enjoy a King Tenderloin at Ray’s Drive In — both Ray’s and Artie’s Tenderloin in Kokomo are located on the Indiana Tenderloin Trail

While in Kokomo, enjoy a delicious meal or tasty treat at one of our local eateries.  From hand-breaded tenderloins to old-fashioned ice cream sodas, Kokomo cuisine can be found on 9 different Indiana Culinary Trails.  Visit a local brewery, drive-in, bakery, or locally-owned family dining restaurant for great food only found in Kokomo.  Visit www.IndianaFoodways.com for more on Indiana’s Culinary Trails.

For more information on Kokomo or to plan your next visit, call 800-837-0971, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the new Visit Kokomo Mobile App on your Apple or Android smartphone.  Plan your next getaway in Kokomo for an adventure filled with autos and art glass!