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    What a calamity! I love all the U.S. independent makers and to hear that one of the last bastions of Hudson is "gone, gone, sold and gone" is devastating to me! Just imagine if a similar situation were forced upon our own Studebaker Museum. Many would take off their caps and have a cry. I know I would...

    Oh well, I just hope the cars end up with caring owners. It's the best thing that can happen now.
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    Sadly, I keep reading how museums in general struggle nowadays. I unfortunately see this being the fate for a lot of smaller local museums over the next 20-25 years.
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    What was wrong with the earlier thread?

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    Mr. Hostetler is probably turning over in his grave.
    He was quite a guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEEPNHOCK View Post
    What was wrong with the earlier thread?

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    The city had backed off on selling then. They are at it again.

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    Visited this museum a couple of years ago. Some very nice cars. Glad I got the chance!! I would guess that Mr. Hostetler didn't think the town would sell the cars after he passed away.

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    I went through Shipshewanna today. It is a destination most of our wives would strive for if they are interested in crafty stuff... Needlepoint, quilting, jelly making, knitting and crocheting keep the shops going. It's not a man cave type place. Oh yes, a couple of great antique malls too. Kind of place you'd visit if here for something. You likely wouldn't travel here just to see what is in Shipshewanna.

    Obviously, the town feels more tax revenue could be brought in by converting the area to some other type of operation.

    SDC Members should thank their lucky stars the same fate did not befall the collection that Studebaker left to South Bend in the 60's.

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    be patient.....

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    We visited the Hudson Museum in May of last year. I was able to take pictures of every car and the displays (toys). Hate to see it sold off. The 57 Heaven Museum in Branson met that fate several years ago and that was a great museum also.
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    Between my drive to and from South Bend and a driving trip to Omaha and back last summer, I visited several automotive related museums. Most had some kind of fee, but some just collected donations. I did not visit one of these museums that I did not enjoy. Some were big (the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum for example) and some were small (The Antique Car Museum of Iowa for example). Some were full of completely restored vehicles that would make a person lust after each and every one of them. Some were full of completely unrestored autos that were intriguing in their quiet portrayal of a busy life in days long gone. It is disturbing to hear of museums like the the Hudson one spoken of here. I think we need to remember that such museums cannot survive without the dollars and cents it takes to keep up their collections so they can share them with us. Next time you visit any kind of automotive related museum (or any museum for that matter) toss a few extra bucks into the bucket to help ensure its continued service to all of us.
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    Hudson Hornets are a great car. I love the styling and interiors. But Hudson fans are a dying breed. With the last cars built in 56-57? The small independents are all just history now. Sad, but true. I'm sure the cars will end up in good hands, and a lot of them will get used for what they were built for..., to drive again!!

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    Sad news! The Hostetler Hudson Museum collection will be auctioned on 08/04/18. It is unfortunate Mr. Hostetler didn't donate his cars to the Gilmore Museum. He never expected the town to sell his fine cars. Several car friends were not aware of the museum until the closing was announced.
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    Does anyone know how many other Hudsons Mr. Hostetler owned?
    I know he had some at the Gilmore Museum a while back.

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    It's a shame, a true calamity! We went through it a number of years ago, when the International Studebaker meet had a tour. We tried to go through it last year, in May, after the South Ben Intl. Unfortunately we got there on a Sunday, it's Amish country, and everything was closed. We discussed haw this would never work. A museum in an out of the way like Shipshewanna, and then closing it on Sunday when people had the opportunity to see it, it didn't bode well for it's survival.

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    Some very nice cars in there. If I had the money and storage I'd be bidding on a Hornet.

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    There are probably around fifty cars with maybe 3-4 vehicles that are not Hudson. The only non-stock vehicle I recall was a Hornet that had been customized into a very nice pickup. I do not know how original it was under the hood.

    Quote Originally Posted by paul shuffleburg View Post
    Does anyone know how many other Hudsons Mr. Hostetler owned?
    I know he had some at the Gilmore Museum a while back.

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