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Come join us for the 15th Annual Fire Museum Seminar
Dallas, Texas • August 22-25, 2003


Letter of introductionPreliminary ScheduleSeminar Registration and Housing Forms

What is a Fire Museum Seminar?
It is a balance of formal presentations, informal discussions, and a tours of local fire and museum sites. The tours and topics cover both firefighting history and museum practices. It's a chance for you to share you problems, and solutions... An oportunity to see what others museums are doing (and perhaps what they are not doing but should be)... It is a opprtunity to compaire yourself and your organization with others. It is a time to "network." It is late nights spent spent in a hotel lobby discussing how many steam fire engines are left in the country, or the merits of the latest musuem collections database program. It's great friends, good food, lots of walking and talking and a great time all around!


Dear Fire Museum Friends,

I invite you to attend the 15th annual Fire Museum Network seminar to be held in conjunction with Fire-Rescue International in Dallas, Texas. The seminar will be held on August 22-25, 2003, and will provide programs that should be beneficial to you in the development and operation of your fire museum.

Members of the Fire Museum Network met in Dallas to conduct an extensive review of the organization and to prepare for this year's seminar. The program planning committee, chaired by Scott Simpson of the Texas State Fire Museum is organizing a superb seminar agenda including a barbecue dinner at the Texas Fire Museum.

Our seminar is one of the best that we have prepared and I am sure you will find that the topics chosen will pique your interest. The agenda is being finalized and will be sent to you in early June. Topics will include apparatus maintenance and restoration, fund raising ideas and grant writing, a presentation from our member museums and visits to local fire apparatus collections.

If you have not yet become a member of the Network, remember that members receive a discount on seminar registration. Please remit your dues ($50 per museum, $25 per single) to:
Fire Museum Network
4349 Hillside Road
Slinger, WI 53086

Attendance at the seminar is also the most cost effective way to visit the exhibits at Fire Rescue International, with over 400 apparatus, equipment and related manufacturers in attendance.

Hotel reservations must be made prior to July 1st. You can always cancel a reservation, but it is very difficult to make reservations at the last minute. Your hotel reservation form must accompany your seminar registration form. I recommend that you make your housing request now to avoid disappointment.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns and make plans to come to Dallas and be a part of this year's program.

Sincerely,
Bob Vallero
Chairman, Executive Committee

e-mail: rjvallero@msn.com
(303) 986-3510 home
(303) 892-1436 museum

The Fire Museum Network's 2003 Executive Committee:
Bob Vallero, Ted Gerber, Gary Williams, Keith Franz, Randy Wootton, Jordan Pearl, Tom McDonald, Jane Rogers


Preliminary Schedule for th 2003 Fire Museum Seminar

Friday - August 22th

Saturday - August 23th

Sunday - August 24th

Morning

Arrive Dallas...
Fire-Rescue International Exhibits open at 11:00am

8:00 am

Special FMN bus leaves hotel for Fort Worth

9:00 am

Fire Museum Network Business Meeting (continental breakfast)

1:00

Opening remarks and Welcome Bob Vallero, Executive Committee Chair; Steve E. Abraira, Fire Chief, Dallas Fire Dept; Scott Simpson, Program Chair

8:45 am

Arrive at National Cowgirl Museum.

10:00 am

Presentation of awards

1:30 pm

Fund Raising for the Future. Carey Southwell, Executive Director, Denver Firefighters Museum.

9:00 am

Multimedia presentation techniques. Jennifer Nielson, Curator, National Cowgirl Museum.

11:00 am

Adjourn for 2003...
See you next year!

2:30 pm

Educational Possibilities in your Museum. April Bernard, Educational Coordinator, Denver Firefighters Museum

10:00 am

Study of the display techniques used at the Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History

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3:30 pm

Special FMN bus departs for Dallas Fire Museum

10:30

Textile Restoration and Display. Renee Tucker, Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History

4:00 pm

Dallas Fire Museum, tour and hospitality

11:30 pm

Box lunch

5:00 pm

Bus departs for the collection of Dr. Harvey Carter

12:30 pm

The Fire Museum Network Database. Sheila Jarboe, IAFC

5:00 pm

Private tour of antique fire apparatus collection of Dr. Harvey Carter

1:00 pm

Asset Tracking and Accounts Receivable. Evan Capron, Ph.D

6:30 pm

Bus returns to hotel (dinner on your own)

2:00 pm

Preservation of Equipment. Jane Rogers, Smithsonian Museum of American History

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3:00 pm

Buses depart for driving tour of Ft Worth and return to Dallas

5:00 pm

Arrive at Texas Fire Museum for tour and barbecue dinner


Fire Museum Seminar Registration and Housing Forms

As always, we need you to fill out two separate forms - a Fire Museum Seminar Registration Form and a Hotel Reservations Form. The Fire Museum Network has a block of 30 rooms being held at the Wyndham Hotel Dallas Market Center (located across from the Wyndham Anatole) that will be held until July 1, 2003. In order to secure a sleeping room, the attached hotel reservation form must accompany your seminar registration form. Any rooms not reserved by Fire Museum Network attendees will be released back to the hotel on July 1st for other FRI conference attendees! Remember -- you can always cancel a hotel reservation, but should the hotel sell out, it will be very difficult to find adequate housing.

Please fill in the both the seminar and housing forms, print them out using your web browser's "print" command, and mail or fax them in along with your payment. Unfortunately we can not process any e-mail reservations from the Fire Museum Network's web site, and unlike last year, the "Fire Museum Seminar" is not an option on this year's IAFC online registration form.
 

Click here for the Fire Museum Seminar Registration Form to Fill Out and Mail In

Click here the Housing Reservations Form to Fill Out and Mail In
Mail BOTH the Fire Museum Seminar Registration,
and the Hotel Reservation Form, along with your payment to:
Expo Exchange
108 Wilmot Road, Suite 400
Deerfield, IL 60015

1-800-424-5249
(voice, but no credit card orders)

If paying for your Fire Museum Seminar
registration by credit card, you can
fax your reservation to:

Expo Exchange
Fax: (847) 940-2386

If you'd like more information about our organization,
E-mail:
David Lewis, dlewisarfm@aol.com