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Kruse Foundations sells museum to investment group

The facility, which opened in 2002, was built by Dean Kruse and the Dean V. Kruse Foundation.

Posted: Jan. 8, 2019 10:46 PM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) - The World War II Victory Museum in Auburn was sold to an investment group.

The facility, which opened in 2002, was built by Dean Kruse and the Dean V. Kruse Foundation.

The owners and directors of the newly formed group are Auburn resident John Kruse, former U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman, and Jason Bontrager, former managing partner Jayco, Inc.

“Our goal is to build on the Kruse legacy of promoting northeast Indiana by being a community-centric event and education hub of activity,” John Kruse said. “I care deeply about our area and am excited that this facility will be positive for the entire northeast Indiana region for decades to come.”

Many upgrades are already underway, and Stutzman said those will continue in the coming months.

“The facility is open for event and conference business,” said Marlin Stutzman. “Gallery 326 antique mall will also continue operations, and we look forward to being good neighbors to the Early Ford V8 Foundation Museum.”

Detailed plans and further development will be announced in the coming months.

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