Web Site Updates
Recently I realized the Fire Museum
Network's site has been looking a bit old. We
haven't changed it much since it was created back
in 1996. The "News" page was a year out of date,
and the purpose of the page has been replaced in
most part by the "Discussion Board"... The
"Join-us" (Membership) page had the old mailing
address.... The Resources pages likewise haven't
been added to or updated in several years.... There
isn't any great place to post information about the
fire museums seminar or special projects.... The
navigational structure (how you the visitor get
from page-to-page) was becoming very cumbersome...
And lastly the whole behind-the-scenes
organizational structure (a system of
files/folders) was practically nonexistent! In
short it was time for an overhaul!
Organized around four topics -- About
the Fire Museum Network, the Fire
Museum Directory, Resources,
and a section for Miscellaneous
News and Notes -- this new layout should be
much easier to navigate and understand. I have
added some more information about us as an
organization (for example, our mission statement is
now posted on the opening home page). Also added
are the the names for each the members of the FMN
Executive Committee, the beginnings of an
organizational history, and links to past seminar
schedules. Eventually I envision all the seminar
speakers to have some kind of "presentation notes"
which we can add to this area for those FMN members
that missed the presentation to view/download? I've
also beefed up the "resources" area, (adding a lot
of links to museum resources), and I'm planning to
rework the "How-to" pages next.
So.... What does everyone think? Do you like the
new style? The new colors? For the most part, I
have kept pictures and graphics to a minimum to
make the pages load quickly -- Is this necessary,
or are most of you using high-speed Internet
connections nowadays? Is there anything you would
like to see added? Anything I've forgotten? Can you
find any bad links, missing pages, and typos?
Please -- let me hear your comments.
- David -
Webguy for the Fire Museum Network
5/16/04 -- Updated the links for the Firefighter's
Museum Society - Calgary, Alberta and the
Historical Museum - Erie, Pennsylvania. Also
added several links to the "Museums
and non profit managment resources and links"
5/2/04 -- Added the N. Plainfield Exempt Firemen's
Assn. Museum, (North Plainfield NJ) and updated the
information for the Firemen's Memorial Exhibit
Center of Western NY.
4/7/04 -- Added several links the the "museum
resources" page: Exhibit
Builder Magazine, Best
Museum Web Site Competition 2004 Winners.
Interesting sample "education/teacher resources"
from the Plimouth
Plantation and Montecello,
The Home of Thomas Jefferson websites,
3/10/04 -- Updated fire museum listings in
New Jersey and Ohio listings
2/13/04 --Updated museum on the Minnesota,
and Indiana pages.
7/29/03 -- Added Fredericton
Firefighters Museum - (Fredericton New
Brunswick) and updated the mailing address for the
Firefighter Museum - in Los Angeles
7/29/03 -- Fixed a link on the FMN's
page that points to the So
- You Want to Start a Fire Museum... A "How-to"
07/01/03 -- Ooops! The membership
application forms hadn't gotten posted on the new
Fire Museum Network's website during the initial
upload. They can now be found at: http://www.firemuseumnetwork.org/about/Join.html
07/01/03 -- Updated listings for: Central
Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center,
of Maryland, Orange County (CA) Fire Historical
Fire Service Museum and Learning Center
06/25/2003 -- New and improved Fire Museum
Network website was uploaded to our server.