that year's program
1989 - Indianapolis, IN
1990 - Orlando, FL
1991 - Toronto, ONT.
1992 - Anaheim, CA
1993 - Dallas, TX
1994 - St. Louis, MO
1995 - Louisville, KY
1996 - Kansas City MO
1997 - Dallas TX
1998 - Louisville, KY
1999 - Kansas City, MO
2000 - Dallas, TX
2001 - New Orleans, LA
2002 - Kansas City, KS
2003 - Dallas, TX
2004 - no seminar held
2005 - Indianapolis, IN
2006 - Columbus, OH
2007 - Denver, CO
2008 - Aurora, IL
2009 - Phoenix, AZ
2010 - Baltimore, MD
2011 - Ypsilanti, MI
2012 - Los Angeles, CA
2013 - New York, NY
2014 - Jeffersonville, IN
2015 - Buffalo, NY
PAST Fire Museum Seminars
Letter of introduction
Seminar Registration and Housing Forms
15th Annual Fire Museum Seminar
Dallas, Texas August 22-25, 2003
|Preliminary Schedule for
thE 2003 Fire Museum Seminar
|Friday - August 22ND
||Saturday - August 23RD
||Sunday - August 24th
Fire-Rescue International Exhibits open at 11:00am
||Special FMN bus leaves hotel for Fort
||Fire Museum Network Business Meeting
||Opening remarks and Welcome Bob Vallero,
Executive Committee Chair; Steve E. Abraira, Fire Chief,
Dallas Fire Dept; Scott Simpson, Program Chair
||Arrive at National Cowgirl Museum.
||Presentation of awards
||Fund Raising for the Future. Carey
Southwell, Executive Director, Denver Firefighters Museum.
||Multimedia presentation techniques.
Jennifer Nielson, Curator, National Cowgirl Museum.
||Adjourn for 2003...
See you next year!
||Educational Possibilities in your Museum.
April Bernard, Educational Coordinator, Denver Firefighters
||Study of the display techniques used
at the Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History
||Special FMN bus departs for Dallas
||Textile Restoration and Display. Renee
Tucker, Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History
||Dallas Fire Museum, tour and hospitality
||Bus departs for the collection of Dr.
||The Fire Museum Network Database. Sheila
||Private tour of antique fire apparatus collection
of Dr. Harvey Carter
||Asset Tracking and Accounts Receivable.
Evan Capron, Ph.D
||Bus returns to hotel (dinner on your
||Preservation of Equipment. Jane Rogers,
Smithsonian Museum of American History
||Buses depart for driving tour of Ft
Worth and return to Dallas
Texas Fire Museum
for tour and barbecue dinner
What is a Fire Museum
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
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
(303) 986-3510 home
The Fire Museum Network's 2003 Executive Committee:
Bob Vallero, Ted Gerber, Gary Williams, Keith Franz,
Randy Wootton, Jordan Pearl, Tom McDonald, Jane Rogers
Fire Museum Seminar Registration and Housing Forms
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.
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
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,
the Hotel Reservation Form, along with your payment to:
108 Wilmot Road, Suite 400
(voice, but no
credit card orders)
If paying for your Fire Museum Seminar
by credit card, you can
fax your reservation to:
Fax: (847) 940-2386