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What’s Next for the Hostetler’s Hudson Museum Collection?

Posted February 12, 2018 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto display Hudson museum

On January 30, the Hudson Automobile Museum Board voted in favor of permanently closing Hostetler’s Hudson Museum in Shipshewana, Indiana, and liquidating its 55-car collection. To gain a more complete perspective on this, as well as the fate of the museum’s automobiles, Hemmings Motor News spoke with Eldon “JR” Hostetler Jr., son of the museum’s founder, and Bob Shanahan, Shipshewana’s town manager.

JR, a museum board member and himself a collector of automobiles and motorcycles, served as the institution’s mechanic/caretaker, and–following his father’s 2016 death–its acting spokesman. During the January 30 ballot, his was the lone vote cast in favor of keeping the museum open, while the remaining three board members voted for its closure and the sale of the automobiles within.

Without fans or finances, an epic auto museum must move on.

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02/12/2018 6:52 PM

Time does march on and museums rely upon the funds that patrons bring. Once the fans of Hudson cars pass away, their base dwindles. The best you can hope for is that the cars go to museums that cater to more than one brand so you have a chance of keeping the memories alive. It is sad but in the natural progression of things.

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