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20th Annual Fire Museum Seminar
Phoenix, Arizona • November 14-16, 2009
Join your fellow museum colleagues as we learn, share
and network. The Fire Museum Network is proud to announce
its 2009 Fire Museum Seminar to be held in Phoenix, Arizona
on November 14, 15, and 16, 2009. November is one of the
best times to visit Arizona — daytime temperatures are in
the 70s, and evenings are in the 50s. If you will be touring
the Grand Canyon, bring a light jacket.
The Fire Museum Seminar is a mix of formal presentations,
informal discussions, and tours of local fire and non-fire
museums. It’s educational sessions address 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 other museums are doing (or perhaps what they
should be doing)…. It is a chance to share problems and
solutions, exchange ideas and information, and compare your
organization with others…. It’s an opportunity to 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 a great fun!
The Conference host is the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting.
The Conference headquarters and site for the first day’s
presentations is the Doubletree Guest Suites at Sky Harbor
International Airport, a five minute drive from the Hall
of Flame. The Hotel features two room suites, flat screen
TVs, a heated pool, exercise rooms, a complimentary full
breakfast and complimentary shuttles to and from Sky Harbor
as well as local attractions. Rooms are available until
November 1 at a special rate of $125 per night. You should
not need to rent a car for this conference.
We are pleased to offer two full days of educational
sessions on Saturday and Sunday — ranging from fire safety
education programs, how to manage a museum store, the history
of fire apparatus development, collections management, web
site design, fire safety education, museum lighting techniques,
and tips for photographing fire apparatus in the digital
age. On Sunday we will tour the state of the art Phoenix
Fire Department Alarm Room and one of PFD’s coolest stations
on the grounds of Sky Harbor Airport, and we will tour the
Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Arizona, which boasts
a B-17, a MIG-21, and many other fascinating displays. On
Monday, an optional all day van tour will visit the South
Rim of the Grand Canyon, as well as a brief stop in Sedona,
Oak Creek Canyon, and a Navajo trading post.
We encourage you to review
the registration materials and
REGISTER BEFORE NOVEMBER 1!
Tentative Schedule of Events
Saturday, November 14th Sessions
7:00 -- 9:00AM Breakfast at the Doubletree Guest
9:00 AM Welcome to the conference by Phoenix
Fire Department Assistant Chief Chris Ketterer
9:10 -- 10:00 Fire Museum Photography in
the Digital Age. What equipment works best,
appropriate photo editing software, photo editing
techniques, photographing fire apparatus. Fire engines
are not the easiest photo subjects. Learn about
the best cameras and flash devices, getting proper
exposures, using editing software to enhance photos,
and much more. FMN President and retiured Houston
Fire Captain Tom McDonald will make the presentation.
10:10 -- 11:00 Fire Safety Exhibits.
What works and what doesn’t. How does a museum
install exhibits and design programs that are both
useful and entertaining. Bill Hall and Angela Rayne
will present ideas based on their years of success
as fire safety educators.
11:10 -- Noon Developing and Maintaining
Museum Web Sites. Aurora Fire Museum Curator
David Lewis will explore a range of approaches to
web site design, creation and maintenance for fire
museums. The presentation will also discuss the
use of other social networking sites such as Facebook,
You Tube, and Flickr. David’s talk will minimize
jargon and maximize the specifics of getting a web
site up and running.
Noon -- 1:00 Lunch on the patio of the Doubletree
1:10 -- 2:00 Evolution of Fire Apparatus
Design. Fire Apparatus and Seagrave historian
Matt Lee will discuss the evolution of fire apparatus
design based on interviews with dozens of employees
and owners of fire manufacturing concerns. Among
a range of events, Matt will explain how fire engine
makers remained solvent during the Great Depression,
how fire manufacturers engaged in price fixing in
World War II and acted to prevent the return of
fire apparatus from overseas following World War
2:10 -- 3.00 Collections Management the
Smithsonian Way. Associate Curator of the
Smithsonian Institution Jane Rogers will outline
an effective but doable plan for small museums to
document their collections through computer entry
and photography. She will also discuss proper accessioning,
cataloging and inventory of collections.
3:10 -- 4:00 Museum stores.
There aren’t many ways for a museum to generate
income. A museum store is one of the best ways,
but it takes a considerable amount of effort. Museum
director Angela Rayne will discuss how to profitably
manage a museum store. She will go over the nuts
and bolts of stocking a museum store with merchandise,
displaying it, labeling merchandise, maintaining
an inventory, and tracking what sells and what doesn’t.
4:00 -- 5:00 shuttle service from the Doubletree
to the Hall of Flame.
5:00 -- 6:00 Reception at the Hall of Flame Museum
of Firefighting. Tours of the galleries as well
as the museum’s storage warehouse, which contains
many additional pieces of classic fire apparatus.
6:00 -- 7 :00 Barbecue Dinner
at the Hall of Flame.
7:00 -- Attendees are invited to show their own
videos, power points, or descriptions of thie own
institutions. A van will be on hand to get everybody
back to the Doubletree.
Sunday, November 15th Sessions
7:00 -- 8:30 Buffet breakfast at the Doubletree
8:30 -- 9:00 Shuttle service to the Hall of Flame.
9:10 -- 10:00 Fire Apparatus Manufacturers
of Baltimore. Fire Museum of Maryland Curator
Steven Heaver Jr. will discuss the fire apparatus
manufacturers of Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore
had an unusually large number of manufacturers,
most notably the Holloway Fire Apparatus Company
established by the Chief of the Baltimore County
Fire Department. The Baltimore Fire Department shops
also turned out an extraordinary number of well
made ladder trucks and hose wagons, one of which
is on display at the Hall of Flame!
10:10 -- 11:00 Museum Lighting.
Lighting engineer David Steinitz, a long time member
of SPAAMFAA and board member of the Maryland Fire
Museum will discuss efficient and effective solutions
for lighting exhibit areas. There have been many
new developments in lighting over the past few years,
and David is familiar with all of them.
11:00 -- 11:45 Box Lunch at
the Hall of Flame.
12:00 -- 4:00 Bus tour of the
Phoenix Fire Department’s Alarm Room and PFD’s
Station 16 on the grounds of Sky Harbor Airport,
followed by a tour of the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative
Air Force Museum in nearby Mesa, Arizona. The museum
display includes a B-25, A-26, B-17, MIG 21, MIG
15, Phantom, and many other nicely restored aircraft.
4:00 -- Return to the Doubletree.
6:00 -- On your own dinner at the well reviewed
Golden Buddha Restaurant in the Chinese Cultural
Center, next door to the Doubletree. Walk or get
a ride in the Hall of Flame’s van.
Monday, November 16 -- The Grand Canyon Tour
This optional Van Tour to the South Rim of the
Grand Canyon will begin with a fully-narrated tour
of the Arizona Sonoran Desert on the way to your
first stop of the day -- Sedona's colorful Red Rock
country. You'll have time for a coffee break and
a chance to get some photos of this fantastic area.
Next travel through scenic Oak Creek Canyon and
then across the vast Navajo Indian Reservation.
You'll make a stop on the reservation at the Cameron
Trading Post (with the Painted Desert as your backdrop)
to shop for beautiful Native American jewelry and
crafts. Your early lunch stop will also be here
-- try the Navajo Taco or some delicious Fry Bread!
Next, drink in the boundless wonders of the Grand
Canyon from our favorite overlooks along the rim
drive and take a short nature walk at your leisure.
Stops will be made along the canyon's east and south
rims. A brief stop will be made for dinner before
your return to the Valley of the Sun.
Pickup is at the Doubletree at 7AM. The van will
return at 7:30–8:30 PM.
This optional tour cost is $130.
Your Host -- the Hall of Flame museum in Phoenix, Arizona
The Hall of Flame offers six
galleries with over 35,000 square feet of exhibits. There are over 70 restored
pieces of fire apparatus from the United States, England, France and Japan.
One of the galleries is dedicated to the history of wildland firefighting
in the United Sattes. Another gallery houses the National Firefighting Hall
of Heroes, which recognizes fallen American firefigters from 1800 to the
present and American firfighters who have been honored for acts of heroism.
Other exhibits include lithographs and artwork, models, memorabilia, fire
alarm systems and fire marks. The Hall’s 20,000 square foot storage
facility, normally closed to visitors, will be open for conference attendees.
The Host Hotel -- Doubletree Guest Suites, at Sky Harbor Airport
The Host Hotel is The Doubletree Guest Suites at Sky Harbor International
Airport with double rooms with flat screen TV’s, complimentary
buffet style breakfast, free shuttles to and from the airport and to
attractions within 5 miles of the Doubletree, WiFi, exercise rooms,
a heated pool, and a restaurant. The Doubletree is offering a special
room rate of $125 per night for a double occupancy room. Some twin beds
are available. This rate is good through November 1. The Saturday presentations
and lunch will be at the Doubletree.
For more information about the hotel, visit their website:
Guest Suites at Sky Harbor International Airport
Registration for this year's Fire Museum Seminar, is $180 and includes
all the seminars, handouts, admission and transportation to area museums,
and lunch and dinner on both Saturday and Sunday. If you are a current member
(or become a member) of the Fire Museum Network, and if you register BEFORE
NOVEMBER 1, we will offer a DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION rate of $150.
- Before November 1 -- Download and print the registration
We have saved this year's Fire Museum Seminar
Registration Form as a "pdf" document. You will need the free
Adobe Acrobat Reader software to open this file.
2009 Fire Museum
Seminar Registration Form.pdf
Download, fill out, and return this registration form
(with a check payable to the Hall of Flame Fire Museum) to:
Hall of Flame Fire Museum
6101 East Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Or pay by MC/VISA/AMEX
by calling the Hall of Flame at (602) 275-3473.
for the Grand Canyon trip
must be made by November 1st.
- Before November 1 -- Make your hotel reservations at the
Doubletree Guest Suites
320 North 44th Street
Phoenix AZ 85008
toll free 1-800-222-TREE or 1-602-225-0500.
Code for the FMN Semainar rate is HSM-Hall of Flame.
1 normal rates will apply.
- Make Air Reservations to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
Southwest Airlines usually has the best rates and availability.
for Doubletree shuttle from Sky Harbor Courtesy Phone.
Still Have Questions?
Contact Peter Molloy, your seminar host at the
Hall of Flame Fire Museum