PINE VILLAGE, Indiana (WLFI) – In a small town in Warren County is a museum of historic American artifacts. From old navy uniforms to presidential figurines, even an original newspaper print from the eighteen years, you’re bound to find some unique pieces.
Darlene Schutter, the owner of the space at Pine Village, originally operated it as an antique store. She told us that many of her family are historians and have collected all types of historical and political memories for decades. On November 22, we accepted Darlene’s invitation to visit the Collector’s Space. This day officially marked the opening of the space to the public as a museum.
Kristie McFatridge, one of the museum’s co-founders, called the opening a social gathering “We The People”.
“I just wanted to bring people together in the community, in the surrounding communities, just to come together, get to know people, reach out to people and go down this path.”
Upon our arrival, we discovered that the space is not only called a museum, but rather the “seat of the American patriots”. McFatridge explained that starting in December, they would be holding monthly meetings for what she calls “Companion Patriots” to discuss all topics, including studying the constitution, defending your rights first and foremost. second amendment, involvement in local government and pro-choice advocacy for vaccines.
When asked what it meant to her to be a ‘patriot’ McFatridge said, ‘To me being a patriot means that you are proud of history, whatever it is, and that you are proud of history. use the freedoms you have: the right to vote, the right to say what you think, the right to religion, you can go to church, you can do whatever you want. “
Looking around the head office, we saw not only historical memorabilia, but also documents, newsletters and information posters that they believe to be true and that we have not yet independently verified. .
When we asked about which side of American history involved slavery or racial assault, and whether that was also seen as something they were proud of, as we found plenty of examples around the headquarters, McFatridge told us this:
“Well, they did away with slavery and they moved on and I wouldn’t say I would be proud of it, but it’s a thing of the past.”
The group hopes that they can create a community in a way where they can exchange ideas and hope that their beliefs and experiences can also be heard.
According to the American Patriot Headquarters, the meetings are open to people from all political parties.