Kruse Museums re-branded, get new focus

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Kruse Museums, which includes the National Military History Center, and Kruse Expo Center in Auburn will be rebranded into “the premier event center in DeKalb County” by a partnership group that includes former Congressman Marlin Stutzman, it was announced Wednesday.

Stutzman along with area businessmen John Kruse – the nephew of Dean Kruse – and Jason Bontrager have partnered to develop Kruse Plaza. The trio acquired the former Kruse Museums and Expo Center just off County Road 11-A paralleling Interstate 69 south of Auburn in January.

Kruse Plaza will feature “the largest and most flexible event venue in northeast Indiana,” the officials said, with two rental spaces of more than 20,000 square feet, three outdoor event spaces and numerous smaller options.

The National Military History Center will remain on the grounds, along with the Gallery 326 Antique Mall, Graceway Church, the International Monster Truck Hall of Fame, the Racing Museum and Carl Casper’s Star Cars. Kruse Plaza will also house entities including Worldwide Auctioneers, of which John Kruse is principal, Praxis Detailing, Perpetual Industries, Reppert School of Auctioneering and the J. Kruse Education Center, the group said.

With this redevelopment, we want to recognize the legacy and history that the National Military History Center has in the Auburn community,” said Kruse. “But we also want to take advantage of the growth in DeKalb County to meet more needs. This includes a space for community members to host their milestone events right at home. There’s no other venue like Kruse Plaza in northeast Indiana.”

The renovations are expected to be complete by late August. Bookings are open at

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