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Indiana Military Museum


WOMEN WHO FELT THE SAME WAY.
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>>MY INTEREST IN MILITARY >>MY INTEREST IN MILITARY
HISTORY AND MEMORABILIA GOES ALL HISTORY AND MEMORABILIA GOES ALL
THE WAY BACK TO WHEN I WAS A THE WAY BACK TO WHEN I WAS A
CHILD 5 YEARS OLD. CHILD 5 YEARS OLD.
AND MY FATHER BUILT DRIVE-IN AND MY FATHER BUILT DRIVE-IN
THEATERS AND THIS IS RIGHT AFTER THEATERS AND THIS IS RIGHT AFTER
WORLD WAR II. WORLD WAR II.
GUESS WHAT, LOTS OF WORLD WAR II GUESS WHAT, LOTS OF WORLD WAR II
MOVIES AND ALL SORTS OF WAR MOVIES AND ALL SORTS OF WAR
MOVIES BEING PLAYED. MOVIES BEING PLAYED.
IT BECAME NATURAL. IT BECAME NATURAL.
I BECAME INTERESTED IN MILITARY I BECAME INTERESTED IN MILITARY
ITEMS AND MILITARY ARTIFACTS AND ITEMS AND MILITARY ARTIFACTS AND
MILITARY HISTORY BECAUSE I SAW MILITARY HISTORY BECAUSE I SAW
SO MANY JOHN WAYNE MOVIES, I SO MANY JOHN WAYNE MOVIES, I
SUPPOSE. SUPPOSE.
MY DAD WAS NOT A COLLECTOR. MY DAD WAS NOT A COLLECTOR.
HE CAME HOME ONE DAY WITH A HE CAME HOME ONE DAY WITH A
CIVIL WAR MUSKET. CIVIL WAR MUSKET.
THEY OWNED HIM $20 OR $30 AND THEY OWNED HIM $20 OR $30 AND
THEY GAVE HIM THE MUSKET. THEY GAVE HIM THE MUSKET.
AND SO I REMEMBER THAT, YOU AND SO I REMEMBER THAT, YOU
KNOW, I TOOK CHARGE OF THAT KNOW, I TOOK CHARGE OF THAT
MUSKET RIGHT AWAY. MUSKET RIGHT AWAY.
I REMEMBER IT WAS MUCH TALLER I REMEMBER IT WAS MUCH TALLER
THAN I WAS AT THE TIME. THAN I WAS AT THE TIME.
AND THEN FOLLOWED VERY SHORTLY AND THEN FOLLOWED VERY SHORTLY
THEREAFTER, THE VETERAN FROM THEREAFTER, THE VETERAN FROM
WORLD WAR II WAS GOING BACK WITH WORLD WAR II WAS GOING BACK WITH
THE GERMAN HELMET, A FLAG AND A THE GERMAN HELMET, A FLAG AND A
BELT AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND BELT AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND
SAID, HERE. SAID, HERE.
THAT’S THE BEGINNING OF THE THAT’S THE BEGINNING OF THE
COLLECTION, PROBABLY 7 YEARS OLD COLLECTION, PROBABLY 7 YEARS OLD
AND TO BE ABLE TO SEE AND TOUCH AND TO BE ABLE TO SEE AND TOUCH
THESE THINGS, THE ARTIFACTS, THESE THINGS, THE ARTIFACTS,
KIND OF BROUGHT IT ALIVE. KIND OF BROUGHT IT ALIVE.
THE MUSEUM WILL ALLOW YOU TO THE MUSEUM WILL ALLOW YOU TO
WALK UP AND ACTUALLY TOUCH A WALK UP AND ACTUALLY TOUCH A
TANK OR AN OLD VEHICLE OR TANK OR AN OLD VEHICLE OR
WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE. WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE.
THAT’S EXCITING. THAT’S EXCITING.
SO I CONTINUED AS A YOUNG BOY TO SO I CONTINUED AS A YOUNG BOY TO
ACCUMULATE ARTIFACTS FROM ACCUMULATE ARTIFACTS FROM
WHOEVER WOULD LET ME HAVE THEM. WHOEVER WOULD LET ME HAVE THEM.
AND THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL I DID AND THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL I DID
THAT AND THEN IN COLLEGE, I THAT AND THEN IN COLLEGE, I
CONTINUED TO DO THAT, AND THE CONTINUED TO DO THAT, AND THE
COLLECTION BEGAN TO GROW AND COLLECTION BEGAN TO GROW AND
GROW, FILLING MY APARTMENT’S GROW, FILLING MY APARTMENT’S
BASEMENT. BASEMENT.
I THINK THE BIG TRANSITION WAS I THINK THE BIG TRANSITION WAS
WHEN I ACQUIRED SOME VEHICLE AND WHEN I ACQUIRED SOME VEHICLE AND
ARTILLERY, THE BIG THINGS AND ARTILLERY, THE BIG THINGS AND
STARTED POPPING THEM IN THE STARTED POPPING THEM IN THE
BACKYARD THAT IF BECAME MORE BACKYARD THAT IF BECAME MORE
SERIOUS. SERIOUS.
ONCE I STARTED ACQUIRING BIG ONCE I STARTED ACQUIRING BIG
THINGS LIKE ARTILLERY PIECES AND THINGS LIKE ARTILLERY PIECES AND
FIRST THING WAS A JEEP AND THEN FIRST THING WAS A JEEP AND THEN
A HALF TRACK AND THEN LATER ON A HALF TRACK AND THEN LATER ON
IT GOES TO A TANK OR SOMETHING IT GOES TO A TANK OR SOMETHING
ELSE. ELSE.
PEOPLE ALWAYS SUGGESTED, YOU PEOPLE ALWAYS SUGGESTED, YOU
KNOW, YOU REALLY NEED TO PUT KNOW, YOU REALLY NEED TO PUT
THIS STUFF IN A MUSEUM SO PEOPLE THIS STUFF IN A MUSEUM SO PEOPLE
CAN SEE AND APPRECIATE THESE CAN SEE AND APPRECIATE THESE
THINGS. THINGS.
SO ULTIMATELY, IN 1984, WITH SO ULTIMATELY, IN 1984, WITH
INCORPORATED THE MUSEUM INTO A INCORPORATED THE MUSEUM INTO A
501(c)(3) NOT FOR PROFIT 501(c)(3) NOT FOR PROFIT
MUSEUM CORPORATION AND MUSEUM CORPORATION AND
ESTABLISHED THE MUSEUM IN THAT ESTABLISHED THE MUSEUM IN THAT
FASHION. FASHION.
SO THEN ITEMS THAT THE MUSEUM SO THEN ITEMS THAT THE MUSEUM
ACCUMULATED, OF COURSE, BELONGED ACCUMULATED, OF COURSE, BELONGED
TO THE MUSEUM. TO THE MUSEUM.
ITEMS I PREVIOUSLY ACCUMULATED, ITEMS I PREVIOUSLY ACCUMULATED,
AND DONATED TO THE MUSEUM, I’M AND DONATED TO THE MUSEUM, I’M
STILL DOING THAT TODAY. STILL DOING THAT TODAY.
WE OPERATED ON VOLUNTEER AND WE WE OPERATED ON VOLUNTEER AND WE
STILL OPERATE ON TOTAL STILL OPERATE ON TOTAL
VOLUNTEERS. VOLUNTEERS.
WE HAVE A CORE OF 50 OR 60 WE HAVE A CORE OF 50 OR 60
SERIOUS VOLUNTEERS WITH THE SERIOUS VOLUNTEERS WITH THE
MUSEUM RIGHT NOW. MUSEUM RIGHT NOW.
THE WAY WE WERE EXPANDING, WE THE WAY WE WERE EXPANDING, WE
KNEW WE HAD TO FIND A NEW KNEW WE HAD TO FIND A NEW
LOCATION. LOCATION.
SIX YEARS AGO WE BEGAN A SIX YEARS AGO WE BEGAN A
CAMPAIGN TO RAISE THE FUNDS TO CAMPAIGN TO RAISE THE FUNDS TO
PURCHASE THE LAND THAT WE ARE PURCHASE THE LAND THAT WE ARE
ON, 14 ACRES WHICH DOWNTOWN ON, 14 ACRES WHICH DOWNTOWN
VINCENNES, ADJACENT TO THE PARK, VINCENNES, ADJACENT TO THE PARK,
AND IT SOME EXISTING BUILDING. AND IT SOME EXISTING BUILDING.
SO WE ARE ABLE TO EXPAND AND WE SO WE ARE ABLE TO EXPAND AND WE
HAVE LOTS OF NEW PLANS FOR THE HAVE LOTS OF NEW PLANS FOR THE
FUTURE. FUTURE.
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>>THE EVENTS ARE WHAT WE CALL >>THE EVENTS ARE WHAT WE CALL
LIVING HISTORY EVENTS. LIVING HISTORY EVENTS.
WE HAVE REENACTORS COME IN FULLY WE HAVE REENACTORS COME IN FULLY
EQUIPPED THAT SET THEIR CAMPS UP EQUIPPED THAT SET THEIR CAMPS UP
AND SET THEIR DISPLAY UPS. AND SET THEIR DISPLAY UPS.
THEY GO INTO THE STRETCHES. THEY GO INTO THE STRETCHES.
PEOPLE CAN WALK AROUND AND SEE PEOPLE CAN WALK AROUND AND SEE
ALL OF THESE THINGS, JUST AS ALL OF THESE THINGS, JUST AS
THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN DURING THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN DURING
WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II OR WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II OR
EVEN THE CIVIL WAR. EVEN THE CIVIL WAR.
AND THEY ARE GREAT FOR AND THEY ARE GREAT FOR
EVERYBODY, YOUNG AND OLD. EVERYBODY, YOUNG AND OLD.
THEY PUT ON ONCE A DAY, AT THEY PUT ON ONCE A DAY, AT
LEAST. LEAST.
THEY PUT ON A MOCK BATTLE, PLUS THEY PUT ON A MOCK BATTLE, PLUS
WE MAY HAVE SOME WORLD WAR WE MAY HAVE SOME WORLD WAR
VETERANS WHO WILL STILL GET UP VETERANS WHO WILL STILL GET UP
AND TELL THEIR STORIES AND AND TELL THEIR STORIES AND
INTERVIEWS. INTERVIEWS.
IT’S AN EXCITING WEEKEND WHEN WE IT’S AN EXCITING WEEKEND WHEN WE
HAVE THESE EVENTS AND THE WHOLE HAVE THESE EVENTS AND THE WHOLE
FAMILY CAN COME OUT AND ENJOY. FAMILY CAN COME OUT AND ENJOY.
IT DOES BRING HISTORY ALIVE TO IT DOES BRING HISTORY ALIVE TO
THE FULLEST INSTEAD OF ON THE THE FULLEST INSTEAD OF ON THE
SCREEN OR ON THE PAGE IN A BOOK, SCREEN OR ON THE PAGE IN A BOOK,
THERE IT IS IN REAL LIFE. THERE IT IS IN REAL LIFE.
AND TALK TO THESE COLLECTORS AND AND TALK TO THESE COLLECTORS AND
THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO GET INTO THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO GET INTO
IT. IT.
IT’S AN EDUCATIONAL PROCESS AS IT’S AN EDUCATIONAL PROCESS AS
WELL. WELL.
IT’S GRATIFYING TO SEE THE IT’S GRATIFYING TO SEE THE
SCHOOL GROUPS COME IN AND THE SCHOOL GROUPS COME IN AND THE
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXCITED ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXCITED ABOUT
IT. IT.
THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT THE COST OF THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT THE COST OF
FREEDOM IS FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FREEDOM IS FOR OUR COUNTRY AND
WHAT MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR ARMED WHAT MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR ARMED
SERVICES HAVE HAD TO DO TO SERVICES HAVE HAD TO DO TO
MAINTAIN THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY. MAINTAIN THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY.
I THINK THAT’S THE GOAL, THE I THINK THAT’S THE GOAL, THE
ULTIMATE GOAL, OF COURSE, OF ULTIMATE GOAL, OF COURSE, OF
WHAT WE ARE DOING. WHAT WE ARE DOING.
AND WE HAVE A LOT OF VETERANS AND WE HAVE A LOT OF VETERANS
WOULD COME IN AS OUR DOSEONS WOULD COME IN AS OUR DOSEONS
WITH THE SCHOOL GROUPS AND TALK WITH THE SCHOOL GROUPS AND TALK
TO THEM. TO THEM.
THOSE ARE FANTASTIC WAYS IN THOSE ARE FANTASTIC WAYS IN
WHICH WE CAN HELP THE YOUNG WHICH WE CAN HELP THE YOUNG
PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. PEOPLE UNDERSTAND.
PERHAPS ANOTHER GENERATION, PERHAPS ANOTHER GENERATION,
EXCEPT WHERE WE LEAVE OFF. EXCEPT WHERE WE LEAVE OFF.
AND SO WHEN YOU SEE A YOUNG AND SO WHEN YOU SEE A YOUNG
PERSON COME IN HERE — AND, I PERSON COME IN HERE — AND, I
MEAN, I HAVE SEEN BOYS AND GIRLS MEAN, I HAVE SEEN BOYS AND GIRLS
COME IN HERE, 10, 11, 12 YEARS COME IN HERE, 10, 11, 12 YEARS
OLD, THAT KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS OLD, THAT KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS
STUFF THAN I DID WHEN I WAS THAT STUFF THAN I DID WHEN I WAS THAT
AGE. AGE.
WE ARE ACHIEVING A LOT BY WE ARE ACHIEVING A LOT BY
NURTURING THOSE PEOPLE. NURTURING THOSE PEOPLE.
YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE ARE YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE ARE
SATISFIED WITH A BOOK OR SATISFIED WITH A BOOK OR
SATISFIED WITH A DVD AND A MOVIE SATISFIED WITH A DVD AND A MOVIE
OR WHATEVER, BUT IF THE PERSON OR WHATEVER, BUT IF THE PERSON
COMES HERE BECAUSE THEY ARE COMES HERE BECAUSE THEY ARE
INTERESTED IN HISTORY, AND THEY INTERESTED IN HISTORY, AND THEY
ARE JUST GOING TO BE SATISFIED ARE JUST GOING TO BE SATISFIED
THAT, HEY, I HAVE SEEN WHAT I THAT, HEY, I HAVE SEEN WHAT I
CAN SEE AND THIS IS A PACKAGE CAN SEE AND THIS IS A PACKAGE
THEY CAN’T BEAT ANYWHERE ELSE. THEY CAN’T BEAT ANYWHERE ELSE.
GO TO A MUSEUM WHERE YOU CAN SEE GO TO A MUSEUM WHERE YOU CAN SEE
THE ARTIFACTS THAT WERE THERE THE ARTIFACTS THAT WERE THERE
WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS, IT WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS, IT
BRINGS IT ALL TO LIFE. ♪


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