Included with our combo ticket for the Studebaker Museum was a guided tour of the Oliver Mansion. Unfortunately we could not take any pictures inside the home. What made this home different then a lot of other mansion we visited was that almost everything in the home was original to the home. The Docent that was our tour guide told stories as if she lived in the home. I can never say how great it is when these dedicated volunteers and paid docents can make for a wonderful experience. The home was the home of J.D. Oliver who started with a farm plow and grew it into the Oliver Tractor Company. Later the White Tractor company went through several other name changes. Check out www.centerforhistory.org for more great stories. You can find a great Oliver family history at this site.
The workers house, we could take pictures inside this house.
The Center for History was housed in the lower level of the Studebaker Museum. There was one section highlighting the "Women Who played Hard Ball". Told the story of All American Girls Professional Baseball league. Another section was the Ernestine M. Raclin Gallery of Notre Dame History. Another gallery was the Voyages Gallery, told stories from prehistoric times to the underground Railroad. There was also a" Sweet" gallery, the story of The Wonderful World of Chocolate, Candy and ice Cream. This is in the Changing Gallery featuring changing exhibit's. This is were we learned about the chocolate factory tour.
The original sign from the "drive in".