Last updated: 11/15/2021
Slinger, WI 53086
4349 Hillside Road
Slinger, WI 53086
The Fire Museum Network is a nonprofit entity which provides a means for networking among fire museums and promotes the interests of those dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the artifacts, history, and traditions of the fire service.
There are over 200 fire museums in the United States and Canada - ranging from a spare room in the firehouse basement, to ones with warehouse-like proportions. The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) saw the need to link these diverse institutions together and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas.
In 1989 the IAFC, (with a donation from Art Glatfelder, president of the Volunteer Firemen's Insurance Services), sponsored an informal seminar for fire museums, held during their large Fire-Rescue International conferance. Nine fire museums, from New York to California, attended that first two-day meeting in Indianapolis. By the close of the second day, all vowed to come back next year, and the annual Fire Museum Seminar was born.
While the seminars were productive and informative, many museums wanted more opportunities for interaction throughout hte rest of the year. At the 1994 Fire Museum Seminar in St. Louis, a committee was appointed to develop a proposal for a fire museum organization ("network"). After one year of suggestions, discussion, and refinements, the proposed "Fire Museum Network" was approved at the 1995 Fire Museum Seminar Louisville, KY.
Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Baton Rouge.
It is a mix of formal presentations, informal discussions, and tours of local fire and non-fire museum sites…. It’s educational seminars about both operating a museum and firefighting history…. It’s for those who are just starting a fire museum, and those who have been around a while…. It is a time to learn, and a place to see and hear what dozens of other museums are doing (or perhaps what they should be doing)…. It is a chance for you to share problems and solutions, exchange ideas and information, and compare your organization with others…. It is an opportunity network. It is late nights spent discussing how many steam fire engines are left in the country, new exhibit techniques, or the merits of the latest museum collections database program. In short, it's… great friends, great food, and great fun! ///// We are working hard here in BR to meet the challenge of having the biggest and best Seminar yet and are looking forward to seeing everyone in May of 2022. Dates are set May 19 thru 22nd, rooms are set aside at the Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Baton Rouge, a site for the seminar is chosen and the Bogan Fire Museum, and events and speakers are being put together!
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