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Automotive exhibit rolled into Elkhart County Historical Museum Friday

Posted on Jan. 10, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 10, 2014 at 4:27 p.m.

The Elkhart County Historical Museum opened its Auto Indiana exhibit Friday after it was somewhat ironically delayed for a day because of the messy road conditions.

Auto Indiana celebrates the contributions the state played in cultivating the automobile boom in the early 20th century and how it provided economic opportunities that helped Indiana earn its title as the "Crossroads for America."

The museum will host a presentation on Elkhart County's automotive history, particularly the impact Elcar Company had on the area, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15. Cost to attend is $2.

The exhibit will also include the "Elcar 500" in which kids can build their own cars and bring them to the museum at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25 to race them. Families will serve as the "pit crews" and children ages 6 to 11 can participate. Participants can race for free but have to register by Jan. 21 by calling the museum at 574-848-4322.

The exhibit will be at the museum until Feb. 3.

The Elkhart County Historical Museum, located at 304 S.R. 20 in Bristol, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free but donations are accepted.