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Welcome to a new year!
A new exhibit for 2020....
 

World Famous: The Olivers and the American Dream

March 7, 2020 ~ January 24, 2021
Business Life 
The Olivers' ingenuity built the best-selling plow in the world: the Oliver Chilled Plow. The largest plow factory in the world, Oliver was responsible for the livelihood of thousands of people and produced hundreds of thousands of plows a year. The light of the business even shone on the city in a literal way, as the sign atop the factory - the largest electrically lit sign in the world - could be seen for miles. In this exhibit, discover how a foundry works, learn how a chilled plow is made, and see how one company affected the entire community.
Personal Life
The Oliver family is a reflection of the city as a whole. James Oliver embodies the American dream - after emigrating to the area at a young age, he soon found himself head of his household, working odd jobs in Mishawaka before starting his own business in South Bend. J.D., his son, was hired as a clerk and turned his father's product into a worldwide sensation. But at home, changing times affected their lives much like anyone else's. Here, you'll be immersed in life from Victorian times through the Gilded Age, and how these pillars of the community answered the call to service both as home and abroad.
Public Works
Few have changed the physical fabric of South Bend as much as the Olivers did through their public works. For decades, the family followed one of James Oliver's favorite sayings: "to benefit yourself, you must benefit humanity." If a need was seen in the community, the Olivers rushed to fill it giving back to the city that had raised them. At one time one could find the Oliver Hotel, Oliver Opera House, Oliver Row, and an Oliver Power Plant. The Oliver family had a hand in building a courthouse, city hall, churches, neighborhoods, public transit, and countless other projects. Visitors can experience how the one family's generosity built the foundation for their own neighborhoods today.
There will be educational kits available soon...another email will follow with details...
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