LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - Julian and Sue Ridlen have turned their passion for political memorabilia into a new museum in Logansport.
"We've been married 50 years and we both collected before that time," Julian said.
"In the more recent years we've done more collecting and suddenly we have enough for a small museum," Sue said about the decision to open a museum.
The couple said they have always been interested in the political process.
"We met in Washington. We both were working for Senator [Homer] Capehart in the summer of 1962," Sue said about their meeting.
After moving back to Sue's hometown the two have collected thousands of political campaign pieces.
The museum has been eight years in the making, highlighting the different ways candidates campaign for votes.
"That changes over time, but the process is all with one intent and that is to get the idea and the candidate before the voter and to touch their lives in such a way that it convinces them that the right decision is to go with that candidate and with that issue," Julian said.
Many of the pieces date back to the turn of the century and are rare finds the couple found at various auctions. Some of their favorites items include torches used before electricity was available and a rare parade prop.
"It's a parade cannon with Harrison on one side and Morton's name on the other," Sue said. "We have probably about 55 torches that were used in torch light parades at the turn of the century."
The Museum of American Political Communication opened its doors Sunday for the first time. The Ridlens said their just happy to share their passion with their community.
"To find people who have a similar interest in history and the significance of the whole process of politics and of campaigning," Julian said.
The museum is free to visit. It does not have set hours but if you'd like to visit you can contact Julian and Sue Ridlen at 574-722-9640. The museum is located at 417 North Street in Logansport.
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