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.16th Annual Fire Museum Seminar
Indianapolis, Indiana • July 23-25, 2005

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Nearly thirty individuals representing over a dozen museum attended the 2005 Fire Museum Seminar. On Sunday we meet at the Indianapolis Fire Museum and Survive Alive House for some formal sessions....

...and some informal touring and networking.

The crowd looking at the xhibits in the second floor of the Indianapolis Fire Museum and Survive Alive House

Sunday evening we visited the Koorsen Fire Extingulisher collection. Angela Rayne, Bob and Lila-Ann Vellaro, and Harry Magee, "networking" in the back-of-the-bus. (Note to self for future fire museum seminars -- ALL the fun happens in the "back-a-da-bus.")
One of the curator's managing the Korson Fire Extingulisher collection welcomes us and gives an overview of the collection.
Debby Davis, (Aurora Regional Fire Musuem) and Jane Rogers, (Smithsonian Museum of American History) stand in awe of the fire extingulisher collection.
Gary Williams (Mansfield Fire Musuem) Frank Mcmeniman (Fire Museum of Greater Chicago), gaze as Randy Wooton (Pioneeer Hook and Ladder Co. Museum) tries to doument part of the collection.

On Monday, two sessions and an exhibit walk-though were held at the Indianna State Museum.
Angela Rayne (Denver Firefighter's Museum) stops to examine an arowhead during a tour of the Indianna State Museum.
Frank McMeniman, (Fire Musuem of Greater Chicago) pauses to read a text label.
Lila-Ann Vallero, (Denver Firefighter's Museum) trys her hand at churning butter, at an interactive exhbit compenant.

PAttendeeds of the 2005 Fire Museum Network Seminar
photo taken at the Koorsen Fire and Safety Collection

Preliminary Schedule for the 2005 Fire Museum Seminar

Saturday - July 23th

Sunday - July 24th

Monday - July 25th

Mid Afternoon

Arrive Indianapolis airport "IND"...
Check in at the hotel

8:30 am

Bus leaves hotel for Indianapolis Fire Museum

9:00 am

Breakfast on your own at the hotel

5:00 to 6:30pm

Registration, packet pickup & reception (Hospitality room)

8:45 am

Continental breakfast (at Indianapolis Fire Museum)

8:45 am

Meet in hotel lobby, and walk across the stret to the Indianna State Museum

6:30 to 8:00pm

Dinner (on own OR Dutch with group members)

9:00 am

Welcome, introductions & new information

9:15 am

Presentation : "Fire museums in historic buildings" (Laura Minzes, Indiana State Museum)

8:00 to 11:00 pm

Networking (Hospitality room)

9:30 am

Presentation : "The Indianapolis Fire Museum Story" (Howard Stall, IFM)

10:00 am
Walking tour & presentation : "ADA compliance & museums" (Mary Jane Teeters-Eichacker, Indiana State Museum)




10:15 am

Guided tour : Indianapolis Fire Museum and its unique, interactive "Safety Town" exhibit

11:00 am
Closing remarks and adjournment
11:30 am
Walk back to the hotel

11:00 am


  Travel home (we suggest airplane departure that is no earlier than 2:30 pm)

11:15 am

Presentation : "Developing programming for kids" (Children's Museum of Indianapolis)


12:30 pm

Lunch (catered at Indianapolis Fire Museum)


1:15 pm

Double-topic presentation : "Indy's Stutz Co.: 'Bearcats' & fire trucks," AND "Unique resources for apparatus restorations" (Rodger Birchfield, Indianapolis FD)


2:30 pm



2:45 pm

Presentation : "Helpful conservation techniques" (Indiana Historical Society)


4:00 pm


4:15 pm
Double-feature close : "The future of the Fire Museum Network" (Keith Franz, FMN Board member) & "Next year's seminar" (Bill Hall, Columbus Fire Museum)  
5:00 pm
Bus returns to the hotel  

6:30 to 8:00 pm

Dinner (on own OR Dutch with group members)


8:00 to 11:00 pm

Networking (hospitality room)


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