Visits the Auburn, Indiana James Dean Gallery

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Visit David Loehr’s
 New James Dean Gallery

David Loehr has unveiled his fascinating exhibit of James Dean memorabilia in the Kruse Museum Complex in Auburn, Indiana.  The complex includes the Kruse Automobile and Carriage Museum, WW II Victory Museum, Farnsworth History of Television Museum and other interesting exhibits.  The building is just off I-69 at exit 126.  You can see it from the highway; the building is bigger than some small towns!  Besides David’s section, there are many other specialized museums in this great building.  It’s open every day, I think.  Here is the  link to their information:

The famous Dean Kruse cuts the ribbon with David.  Dean Kruse and his brother David are dedicated to enhancing the famous and deserving Hoosiers they admire.  James Dean is a particular favorite of brother David an attorney in Auburn, Indiana. Here are the three men side by side:

David Loehr, David Kruse, Dean Kruse.  The Kruse foundation funds the Museum complex, with a knowledgeable, friendly and capable staff.  The volunteers have their hearts in it too. 

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Mr. Krafft welcomed us to the press conference and then pitched in to stock the giftshop with Dean items David brought from Fairmount, Indiana, the hometown of James Dean.
The sample picture will soon become a link to the artist, after my May vacation.  Awesome traveling exhibit. See it now!

image The entrance to the museum complex is perfect for David’s many Rockabilly band parties.  I hope to see you all there, party or not!

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You will see this sign from I-69.  Go across the little bridge and then go 2 tenths of a mile further west. Turn right onto the curving lane leading to the building.  No cars visible?  They are often parked out back in the shade.  It opens at 9:00 AM.  Call for information at 260.927.9144 or fax 260.927.8043. Website is 

image About a quarter of David’s collection will fill this room.  It isn’t entirely emptied yet from the former display, but there is plenty to see. You can take photos all over the Museum complex. My husband and I hope to work some diesel submarine memorabilia into the WW II displays or gift shop.

Lenny sits with the press corps.

More links to related pages

See also David Loehr’s own on-line giftshop for the Gallery,
See David’s items in the WW II Victory Museum giftshop!

Dean Kruse is THE famous antique car auctioneer.  See his news at Kruse International,
This is the 50th anniversary year of his first auction.  What an empire he has built!

Visit the James Dean annual car show in Fairmount on Sandra’s Deaner pages: /04fest/hrods1.html

The former James Dean Memorial Gallery in Fairmount, Indiana, at 425 North Main Street, now houses Lenny’s memorabilia store on the entire first floor.  See /lenny/index.html

You can join the James Dean Remembered fan club  at /jdr/index.html

The memorial to the memorial Gallery in Gas City: /dean/gallery/index.html now closed.  The 2006 James Dean birthday party page, not made yet, will say more about this loss.

Rockabilly’s hottest car club:

The website lives at
There are quite a few pages for Adeline Nall and Kenneth Kendall in

The Fairmount Historical Museum is still at 203 East Washington Street in Fairmount, Indiana.  It has an excellent collection of James Dean artifacts owned by the Winslow family.  Their web site is

Don’t forget the Loft Inn Bed and Breakfast in Fairmount.  Patryce Lofton’s website is

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