What Will Happen To National Military History Center Artifacts?

By Maureen Mespell

August 2, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 6:25 PM EDT

Auburn, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- A Sheriff's sale could happen as early as September, to dispose of a treasured museum building in Auburn that has been foreclosed on.

The land and building housing the National Military History Center, as well as the fixtures inside, will be auctioned to the highest bidder to pay off a $2.9 million debt owed by the Dean Kruse Foundation on the museum and the Granatelli Museum next door.

The contents of the museum will not be part of the sale.

Auburn's Mayor Norm Yoder (R) still holds out hope the museum will not be lost.

"It's a tremendous asset to the community, not only to Dekalb County and Auburn, but to the entire Northeast Indiana, and it would be terrible if that went away for some reason," says Yoder

Nearly 300 acres of land surrounding the museums will also be sold to satisfy debt owed by The Kruse Foundation to another bank.

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