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National Military History Museum to become "positive community asset"

John Kruse, along with former congressman Marlin Stutzman and Jason Bontrager recently bought the museum from the Dean Kruse Foundation, which is run by John's uncle Dean, who is retiring.

Posted: Jan. 9, 2019 9:36 PM
Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 8:24 AM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) - The Kruse National Military History Museum is staying in the Kruse family.

"It is certainly an honor," said John Kruse, new director of the museum.

John Kruse, along with former congressman Marlin Stutzman and Jason Bontrager recently bought the museum from the Dean Kruse Foundation, which is run by John's uncle Dean, who is retiring.

"I really had the thought that it would be great to keep this as a positive community asset," said Kruse.

The museum already is home to many community events, and Kruse said those will continue.

"I'm excited about what is going to come with the events. We got some special events, really making this facility user-friendly," said Kruse.

Details about future plans are still being sorted out, but those plans will include some artifacts inside the museum.

"How it is used, we are just going through that process to determine what's going to be best for everyone," Kruse told FOX 55.

That could include some more educational programs so people can learn more about what's in our own back yard, like buttons from the cockpit that dropped nuclear bombs during World War II.

"I'm very focused on making this something that is positive for our community," Kruse said.

Facility upgrades are already in the process of being implemented.

More details about what's in store for the museum are expected in the coming months.

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