CountryMark fuels new History on Wheels traveling exhibit

May 10 2017


The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) recently debuted a one-of-a-kind history experience focused on sharing Indiana’s auto heritage with communities across the state. CountryMark is proud to serve as the key fuel sponsor for the IHS History on Wheels traveling exhibit for 2017.


The 53-foot double expandable semi-trailer and state-of-the-art traveling exhibit, powered by CountryMark’s Premium Dieselex-4, will visit festivals, schools and other special Hoosier events over the course of the next five years.


“CountryMark has been refining high quality gasoline and diesel fuel at our Mt. Vernon, Ind., based refinery since 1940. We are proud of our Indiana history and remain committed to honoring our heritage through continued education efforts,” said Matt Smorch, vice president of supply and marketing at CountryMark. “We are pleased to partner with the Indiana Historical Society to provide high-quality diesel fuel for the History on Wheels traveling exhibit and help share the wonderful story of the auto industry with Hoosiers statewide.”


When it rolls into Indiana's cities and towns powered by CountryMark Premium Dieselex-4, the History on Wheels trailer will expand to nearly 1,000 square feet of indoor museum space. Inside, IHS's Auto Indiana exhibit will take guests on a ride through Indiana's rich automotive and racing heritage.


"For decades, the Indiana Historical Society has dedicated resources to giving people a way to experience and enjoy Indiana history in their own communities," said John A. Herbst, IHS president and CEO. "History on Wheels allows us to expand on this critical part of our mission. As the only traveling exhibit of its kind in the state, it is a new way to experience history."


The exhibit touches on the history of more than 100 Indiana automakers and manufacturers, such as Duesenberg, Gibson and Studebaker. It also delves into the lives of Hoosier innovators and inventors, such as Carl Fisher, Elwood Haynes and Ralph Teetor. Guests of all ages can explore under the hood of a vehicle modeled after a 1914 Marmon Touring Car. In addition, children can climb into the driver's seat of a mini IndyCar and imagine what it would be like to cross the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway Yard of Bricks.


The public got its first chance to experience History on Wheels Saturday, May 6, when IHS launched the exhibit in honor of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. From May 7 through 13, History on Wheels will remain open at the History Center located at 450 W. Ohio St., in Indianapolis. The History Center's regular operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.


Additional event locations and details are list below. An up-to-date schedule of featured fairs, festivals and events is available on IHS's website at


2017 History on Wheels Schedule*


May 6-13

Indiana Historical Society

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis


June 2-3


Downtown Zionsville


June 28-July 1

Covington Fourth of July Celebration

Covington City Park

1 City Park, Covington


July 7-9

Three Rivers Festival

Headwaters Park

333 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne


July 28-29

Frankfort Hot Dog Festival

Downtown Courthouse Square



August 19-20

Yellowstone Trail Fest

Starke County Fairgrounds

400 Division St., Hamlet


September 15-16

Back to the Fifties Festival

Boone County Fairgrounds

1300 100 South, Lebanon


September 20

City of Whiting Cruise Night

Downtown Whiting


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