Pharos-Tribune

Local News

October 31, 2013

Politics of the past: Couple opens museum

Ridlen couple to open new political museum Sunday

A small-scale reproduction of Abraham Lincoln’s head as it looks at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is sitting in the basement of a new museum in Logansport. The green replica of the work by Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, sits at a little more than 3 feet by 2 feet. The piece was found at an auction in Indianapolis and was previously used by a bank in Lincoln, Nebraska.

“Sue just couldn’t resist,” Julian Ridlen said of his wife, laughing.

Sue and Julian Ridlen have been collecting various kinds of political campaign memorabilia for decades — Sue began collecting as a young girl and Julian started when he was in college. Buttons, matchbooks, hats, china, pictures, walking sticks, canes and even a voting machine contribute to a collection they have accumulated.

For instance — not counting duplicates, Sue and Julian Ridlen have 5,000 buttons.

“We laugh and say we merged our collections when we married,” Julian Ridlen said. “Over time we’ve had an interest in creating a political museum.”

The opening of their museum has been a long time coming — eight years to be exact. Sue and Julian Ridlen will finally see the it come to life Sunday.

The inaugural event for Ridlen Political Museum, which calls 417 North St. home, will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

People will be able to tour the museum as well as the Cole Clothing Museum, 900 E. Broadway, and Cass County Historical Society, 1004 E. Market St., from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday during the Three Museum Progressive Tour.

The museum tour is another event celebrating Logansport’s 175th anniversary. The tour is $100 per person and will benefit the Cass County Historical Society.

The couple met in Washington while they were both working for Sen. Homer Capehart’s office. Sue is a native of Logansport and Julian was studying in Anderson at the time, so they were both Hoosiers meeting in a Hoosier office, Julian Ridlen said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Mall mortgage up for auction The mortgage note for the Logansport Mall is scheduled to be sold at auction early next month. Foreclosure procedures for the mall began when lawyers for Algonquin State Bank, N.A., out of Algonquin, Ill., filed a complaint against the mall's owner -

    April 23, 2014

  • NWS-PT042314 Earth Day4.jpg Being kind to their mother: Lewis Cass students plant trees on Earth Day WALTON -- Weeks of planning came together Tuesday as students planted 22 trees on the grounds of Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School in observance of Earth Day. Amy Densborn, a science teacher at Lewis Cass, wanted to plant the trees so that students in s

    April 23, 2014 5 Photos

  • NWS-PT042314 Bags.jpg Students collect 2,475 pounds of plastic bags The Cass County Solid Waste Management District now knows to be careful what you ask for. The district opted to again this year host its plastic shopping bag contest for area elementary schools in observance of Earth Day. Overall, the district recei

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Inmate sues for religious services at Miami County prison BUNKER HILL – A Native American inmate is suing the Miami Correctional Facility for violating his constitutional religious freedom after the prison last year terminated Native American worship services. Daniel Littlepage says in a class action lawsui

    April 22, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 22, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 22, 2014

  • NWS-PT042214 Indiana Beach Viper.jpg Monticello amusement park brings new thrills MONTICELLO -- Indiana Beach's first major steel roller coaster -- the Galaxi -- is being retired after 42 years. Don Hurd operated the ride as a park employee 35 years ago. "At that time, it was one of the biggest coasters around," he said. "It's one

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Southeastern school board reopens its search for a principal at Lewis Cass WALTON -- Southeastern School Corp. officials thought they had found their new principal for Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School. The position was offered to a candidate, but he declined to accept it, Superintendent Trudie Hedrick reported to the school b

    April 22, 2014

  • No Headline Provided Guests will be able to climb into a carved-out pumpkin that will circle above Indiana Beach in one of the park's latest rides -- the Pumpkin Ferris Wheel.

    April 22, 2014

  • shelly maness Woman arrested in meth lab find MACY — A narcotics investigation led to the recent arrest of a Fulton County woman on several drug charges. Shelly Maness, 35, Macy, was arrested on two felony counts of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of an illegal drug la

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police blotter: April 21, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 21, 2014

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
eEdition